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The Here and Now

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  5,498 ratings  ·  1,538 reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Delacorte Press
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I have never read a successful book about time traveling. This book continues that trend. This book is about time travelers from circa 2100, AD, not too far off. The future is plagued with mosquitoes and dangue fever plague runs rampant.


This is one of the shorter books I've read this year. It could have been a whole lot shorter, because it was so completely lacking in viable plot. If a butterfly flapped its wings within the pages of the book, would it make me fa
What a disappointment. And an unexpected one since I was such a fan of her Sisterhood in the Traveling Pants series (which rocked my socks off!). I didn't dislike this one right away; at first I was very much into it. We start by learning of their dystopian-like community that has formed in the past (our present), after having escaped from a plague ravaged future. A future that is, quite frankly, not at all unrealistic, making it all the more terrifying. Once we get down to business, though, thi ...more


What is the most dangerous creature on earth?

Before reading THE HERE AND NOW, I hadn't really thought about it...but after recently reading numerous articles and watching a BBC documentary on the spread of disease over the years- I found out, it very well could be the -ever so annoying- mosquito.

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Mosquitoes and the diseases they spread have been responsible for killing more people than all the wars throughout history. Transmitting diseases to millions, killing millions, debilitating millions b
Also on the blog, for bigger pictures because Goodreads hates mine.

There might be mild spoilers.

Here is a simple drawing to explain the book:

The Here and Now is about a girl who goes back in time, from 2090, to 2010, so she can save the future. The time and place that she lived in is… uhm… a time when mosquitoes carry a virus or disease or something that cannot be controlled and it kills lots of people. Lots and lots of people, apparently. And she has terrible memories.

Here is a simple drawing t
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
This could have been such a good book! It just didn't make it there for me. Prenna has traveled back in time to escape a blood virus carried by mosquitoes..Just the kind of book I love right? NOT. The girl is about the most dingy main character I've read in awhile. She and her instalove boyfriend set out to save the world. They take breaks to discuss sex, play cards and who cares by this point what.
By the time anything actually happens in this book you really don't care anymore.

Dang you book!!
Nov 19, 2014 Aly∞ marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc
DNF @ 18%

I just did not care. About the characters, the flimsy plot, the faster-than-light insta-love. The writing was bland, Prenna was a bore who spoke in weird, weird metaphors and similes and the "romance"? If you try and argue that it was "pre-existing", I will fight you to the death.

It was pure and simple insta-love. At 18%

Not even sorry.
I guess I just don’t have it in me to truly trash a novel. At least not in the manner currently undertaken by certain individuals. Should you wish to read a review where THE HERE AND NOW is dragged behind a pickup truck for 248 miles on the I-405, I’d direct your attention to a different public service announcement.

I bring up this particular calamity, because I read a review filled with wrath and vengeance that tainted my reading experience. Did I like the novel? No. Would I have liked THE HERE
Quick review for a quick read. Goodness, what a disappointment. This so called "epic romantic thriller" was surprisingly emotionless, tedious, and unimaginative. It saddens me to say that I expected so much more from Ann Brashares. I'm not going to say that there weren't great ideas in this story and some moments of clarity, but just as soon as they were built, they were subsequently dropped. Not to mention they were noted in a tell, not show fashion that related a disconnect throughout the enti ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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ARC provided by NetGalley. Thank you, NetGalley!!!!

1.5 Stars

I never read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (because I’m not into self-harm HA!). Although The Here and Now is by the same author, I held out hope I would like it based on the following blurb:

“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.”

** This is actually somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars, but since I really (and I mean REALLY) enjoyed reading it, I am going to go with 5.

This was my first book by Ann Brashares and I really loved it. For whatever reason, I never got around to picking up any of her Sisterhood novels, even though they always sounded fun and exciting to me. I'm glad I didn't make the same mistake with her latest literary endeavor.

The Here and Now is a gorgeously written, smart and moving Science Fiction novel ab
Ash Wednesday


So Al Gore decided to write a pre-apocalyptic, time-travel young adult romance…

In all honesty, I liked that this attempted to at least cut across a bigger message, one that’s worth writing about, sure. But if I’m going to read about a spineless, astigmatic time-traveler moon over a boy and his mad card-playing and science skillz, at least make me feel like there’s some subtext of purpose snuck in. So while this lacked a certain degree of subtlety in that aspect, I’d take the thinly-veile
Initial Thoughts: A group of travelers from the future arrive in our time, escaping plague and environmental disasters. They are closely monitored by their group and are given 12 rules that they must follow in order not to change the timeline. Interesting premise. Did it work? Yes - I read this book in one sitting. I loved Prenna and Ethan.

The Review:
3.5 stars
I read this book a few weeks ago and got a positive vibe from it. As I sat down to write my review, I found myself wondering what made Th
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Mar 15, 2014 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Evie
Shelves: arc-galleys, fantasy
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Upon seeing this book at NetGalley my heart skipped a beat. I thought we were finally getting a sequel to My Name is Memory, a book I adored so much. Once I realized that it's not the case I still wanted to read this book as Ann Brasheres is an author I admire. Luckily I got a chance.

Everything starts with the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna, who immigrated to New York five years ago. It wouldn't be a big thing if Prenna and all her friends haven't arrive
This book has got to be a joke. Someone please tell me it is. You can’t be this horrible on purpose, can you? Seriously, it feels like this book was written in order to cash in on the dystopian/post-apocalyptic craze and the new resurgence of contemporary in the YA market.

And it fails terribly.

For such a short book, it was a struggle of monumental proportions to get through this. At only 242 pages, even if it’s a subpar read, I would finish this in a day or a day and a half. No, this took me a f
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I liked the premise of this book, time traveling from the future where the world is in chaos due to shifting weather patterns and global pandemic.

Unfortunately the ideas don't work in the end. If you were trying to control a community of people from the future for the survival of all humanity, would you put it into the hands of hormonal teenagers attending public school? Would these same hormonal teenagers who can't help
Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares, Delacorte, April 2014, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-385-73680-0

If you could have one shot at traveling back in time, where would you go? If you had the audacity to try to change history, what is it that you would try to do?

"I start to stand up, but he reaches for my hand. 'Prenna, please. Only another minute. It may be important. There is a single act, a murder, that will change the course of history, and it must be stopped. I don't want to give you any
It's not always easy to strike a balance between enough science to explain the world and not overwhelming the reader. Brasheres does a nice job of balancing the two. Time travel always makes my head hurt a little, but this one did a nice job of not being too cerebral. I don't know if this is a stand alone - if it is three cheers to Brasheres for the way it ended. That took guts.
Carole's Random Life
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Children's Publishing and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars!

This was a quick, easy book that was fun to read. This book is about a teen girl, Prenna, living in New York City with her mother. She is part of a group of people from the future living with a strict set of rules. The group has come to live in our current time from the not so distant fu
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
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As a fan of Ann Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, I was really excited to read this - her first YA novel since that series, and a time-travel one, too! I'm really sad to say that while the book had some really gorgeous passages that made me think, I found the plot and characters to be pretty trite.

I was engaged in the plot most of the time that I was reading, and I did want to know what wou
This book was AMAZING but lost its fifth star in the final 22 pages. Dang fantastic book for the first 90%, and soooo scary because its social commentary is dead-on.

“You know what surprises me most?” I say as we each sit down on a swing.


“That everybody knows.”

Ethan kicks at the dirt under his swing. “What do you mean?”

“Everybody here knows what’s going to happen. Before we moved, I imagined that people in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries must have been ignorant of what
Reviewed on my blog,

Decent concept, bad execution. Make no mistake – this is not a dystopian novel. It is based on an apocalyptic event, yes, but one that was only referenced in a handful of pages in the entire novel. Yes, the heroine and her people came from a dystopian setting, but the book takes place in 2014. This is a time travel novel. (Not a very good one.)

I’ve never read anything by this author before, and have no interest in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book

Not sure what to think about this book. I did enjoy it but I felt like it was lacking in some regards. The reveals seemed anti climatic and the love story was set at an unnatural pace, at least in my opinion. Maybe I am just a prude , but going from casual friends who never hang out, outside of school to talking about having sex in a hotel room all in the span of one day seems a bit quick.

Again maybe it's just me though.

I kept wanting more as I was reading this novel, the plot was interesting b
Howdy YAL
Meh. Really 1.5 stars. A lot of good ideas, but not well thought out. Link to full review to come.

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Melissa Carpenter
First of all, you can't go into this book with any thoughts of the Pants books in your mind. They're like apples and oranges.

Second, this is a really beautifully done futuristic/dystopian kind of a thing. It's difficult to put a label on it, but it's intriguing from the very beginning. The concepts explored by Brashares in The Here and Now were compelling - I found myself thinking a lot about the idea of time, the future, the impact of everything on the future, global warming, disease, I don't k
I received a copy of this book from Random House Children's and NetGalley

I requested this book because I have read a lot by Ann Brashares, but this was not what I expected. I don't normally read about time travel, so this was different than what I normally read.

I feel like the whole teenagers saving the world thing has been done over and over again. I think that the standards have been set pretty high in this area. I can't say that I was super impressed with how it all played out in this book,
Nikki (The Paper Sea)
This review also appears on my blog, The Paper Sea.
I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

I went into The Here And Now completely unfamiliar with Ann Brashares's name. Of course, I have since discovered that she wrote the infamous The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. In a way, I'm glad for that: I went into The Here And Now without any expectations, and as such, the disappointed I felt wasn't as bad as it could have been.

First and foremost, the distant style used didn't fit
I received this through Netgalley as a "You've been approved" book. Since I had just finished (or was almost finished) the Divergent series my brain was percolating about YA dystopians and since I have a soft spot for time travel ( I love the Outlander series, loved The Time Travelers Wife, my own current WIP has a bit of time travel type of stuff in it) I thought I would give it a go.

I enjoyed the book. The plot was well done and it had some suspenseful moments. I was irritated by the "non-endi
Sue Heraper
I found this time travel story engaging, and I read it in one sitting. I am always intrigued by stories that involve time travel, especially if romance is included. Prenna, the narrator, immigrates to present day New York from a distant dystopian future ravaged by disease and climate change. Her community of time-travelers is bound by rules that restrict their conduct so that they do not influence the future, such as no emotional or physical intimacy with time-natives. The world building is very ...more
Brandi Young
The prologue to this book had me lost, but once I got into the book I made the connection between the two pieces and it clicked into place!

This is the story of 17-year-old Preena James, who immigrated to New York about 4 years prior to the book. Preena came to NY with her mother and many people from her city. The interesting thing about Preena and her people is that they came from the United States, but they immigrated from another time - way far into the future. The world they escaped from was
Prenna James isn't from here. Well, that's not true, she's from here; she's just not from now. Prenna was born sometime around the year 2086, right around the time that the plague came and started killing millions of people, devastating the entire world. In order that the future survives, Prenna and many others must travel to the past. Their past is our now.

In order to blend into the present time, those from the future must adhere to a set of rules that they have, as a community, agreed upon. Th
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she ne ...more
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