Guest Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Guest Review by Kelsey
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.
I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review.
I didn’t like this book from the beginning. First off, I thought Prenna (our heroine of sorts) was immigrating into the turn-of-the-century America. When I found out that was not the case, I read on, hoping the book would be good regardless of when in time it took place.
I was sadly mistaken. The book just got worse. The whole time-traveling thing doesn’t make sense, and neither does the math behind the kids’ ages. Are they both seventeen or aren’t they? Readers aren’t stupid, they do remember the details in a book.
Ethan and Prenna (our two main characters) were cute. The writer did get the whole high school crush vibe correctly. But, once they leave school and their families and they’re running around on their own, I was lost. It doesn’t make any sense that they would be able to go out and about and not have their parents worried or get in trouble with school. And if these kids are as smart (book smart as far as Prenna is concerned) as we are led to believe, then they wouldn’t just up and leave school.
The plot was severely lacking and never really reached its full potential. There was a little character development but not enough as far as I was concerned. Yes, Prenna did stand up to the leaders of the community and become a free thinker. But in the end, she was still stupid. She’s called stupid by several other characters throughout the book and they were right. She is stupid and annoying. The ending of the book wasn’t even enough. I was expecting the worst of the worst to happen to Ethan…which is what we’re led to believe. But, it’s not even that bad. They are after all teenagers and life goes on.
I would not recommend this book to most people. Avid young adult book readers may enjoy it.
2 stars out of 5 (It was okay. But nothing great.)