The Here and Now by Ann Brashares – 4 Stars


The Here and Now

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Plot Synopsis from Goodreads:

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

Wow, after finishing up this book last night I spent some time going through the different reviews and was surprised to see so many haters (2 star and under).  Not just negative reviews, but people who are just flat out insulting or offensive.  If you don’t like a book, fine that is your right, but be an adult about it. State your reasons why and be polite.  Personally I will not respect any review that resorts to name calling, gratuitous swearing, or is insulting in any way.  Shame on you to some of the other reviewers of this book.

Alright now for my review.  I guess I am going to go against the curve for this one because I really liked the book.  Didn’t love it,  it did take me 7 days to get into the first 50 pages after all.  But I was just 5 pages away from putting this one back on the shelf when it grabbed me and I finished the remaining 200 pages in a day.  Now I do see some of the points other reviewers have made for their reasons for not liking the book, no matter how poorly made.  But you know what none of that bothered me.  There was one concept that kept me reading and made the book for me.  It all revolved around a little insect, the mosquito.

You see I am a firm believer that global climate change is a very real threat and I loved the political side/lesson this story had to tell.  I also desperately hope that it teaches some of the YA readers to think about their environment and the damage that we are doing to it.  I loved the part where Prenna tells Ethan about how in the future they thought we all in this time must not have realized what we were doing, that we did not know the implications of our actions.  She was right most of us know, but like she said we are unwilling to make any real changes to stop what could be coming our way.  We all want someone else to be inconvenienced, much like the characters from this story.  We want to hide our head in the sand and hope things work out.

The climate change elements of this story still have me thinking this morning.  What will the future be like.  There are going to be consequences for our actions and way of life right now in the not so distant future.  I don’t want to go into too many details, have already deleted one paragraph because it gave too much away, but I could totally see the motivation for the bad guy in this story.

Now for other parts of the story,  the romance was alright, but not the greatest like others have mentioned.  I don’t think it was so much forced, but never really leaves the crush stage for these two.  Sure they think they are in love, but really what people this age really are in true love.  It is a crush, and I enjoyed the bitter sweetness of it in this story.  I think I would have had a bigger problem if it had ended differently.

Probably what bothered me the most in the story is the role of the bad time travelers or councilors.  I don’t think Prenna would have gotten away with her mouthing off at the end.  They were beaten back just a little too easily for me.  I think if we followed this story further in to the future we would see the plot they are surely thinking up to bring Prenna back down.

Well there you have it.  I hope you give the book a shot, don’t let all the haters stop you from reading this one if it looks interesting to you.  It is like what I tell my husband as he picks apart my Star Trek movies.  Stop it.  It is just a story, let everything go and just enjoy.

I did notice after posting this review that I got the lead female’s name mixed up with the last book I read.  Sorry to anyone who was wondering who the heck Grace was.  This is what happens when you read too fast, you can’t keep your stories straight…



2 thoughts on “The Here and Now by Ann Brashares – 4 Stars

  1. Yeah, that was one the issues I had: how easily the “bad guys” were subdued. That and the “oh, I happen to have a glass cutter in my pocket” moments. Great review, though. Thanks!


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