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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, first of her name, mother of 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
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook
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, debilitati
Shelby *trains 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 boo
remember when it was like "oh my gosh the brilliant mind that brought you the modern literary classic sisterhood of the traveling pants is back with a new YA romance"?

and then it was this weird sci-fi clustercuss?

yeah. that was my villain origin story.

part of my review-books-i-read-a-long-time-ago-while-referencing-wes-anderson's-fantasic-mr-fox project.
** 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
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
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-ve
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.”
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
Richie Partington
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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 an
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars really, but I gave it 3 to round it up . This book had so much potential, there are so many avenues this book can explore within the plot , they go a route and that’s fine but that ending killed me , I mean come on that was a disappointing ending, the book attempts too much and falls flat , maybe it needed to be longer . The plot of time travelers who come back from a dystopian future to change it so it doesn’t happen lends itself to so many approaches and myriad of plots but there is ...more
Charley Cook
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
It wasn't bad by a long shot, just not enough content. It felt like a start of something, just, not complete. IDK MAAAAAAN ...more
3 Stars.
Interesting subject, likeable main characters, but the story is bogged down by needless repetition. Plot was in need of more detail, particularly about the world Prenna left behind.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 stars
Having read several negative reviews back when The Here and Now was first released, I nevertheless decided to give it a fair chance hoping I would feel differently, as I sometimes do. The opening part seemed very promising, which allowed me to think my stubbornness would be rewarded, but it quickly became clear that my opinion would align with those of several trusted friends. The Here and Now is not a bad book as such, but I found it lacking in characterization, scientific background a
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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
Tanja (Tanychy)
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc-galleys
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
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
I received a copy of this book from Hachette Children's Books through NetGalley.

3/5 stars

Prenna James is part of a group of people who traveled back in time to escape a future in which a mosquito-borne illness has taken the lives of many and is leaving their world in ruins. These people who traveled back must not interfere with the delicacy of time by following a strict set of rules. One of which is to never become intimate with anyone outside of their community. But everything changes when Pren
Sophia Sardothien
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-review
Thank you netgalley for giving me this ebook copy

As you see, I'm really intrigued by female time travelling books or anything like going to different alternative books, I find premises like that really compelling and gripping.

I'm really sad when I can DNF really early in this book, the writing style was just extremely difficult for me. The plot was extremely unengaging as I read on.
A girl from the future travelling back to 2014 unique. unique.
But then the writing style was just a mess for me
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
2.5 stars.

Ohhhh, this book. I really liked the concept of it, and I wanted to like it a lot more than I did, to be honest. Overall it suffers from a lack of cohesiveness and doesn’t quite fill in all the holes that need to be dealt with when it comes to time travel, though.

Prenna is unique not because of where she’s from, but when… Having travelled back to our present, she’s now trying to blend in and follow all the rules that her Community has set up for their successful integration into the
The Here and Now has the makings of a good time travel/controlling cult/forbidden love story. But something must have gone wrong in the combining of these ingredients.

In the positive category, we have:

– A big ol’ wasteland of a future, justifying the trip back in time to save the people of the past from themselves, and to fix the world for those future generations they left behind.

– The shady governing body of the community of travellers, who ensure people follow the twelve rules, or that t
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am NOT a fan of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I haven't even read any of the books and I am not going to. I watched a film based of the first book a long time ago, it was OK and that's it.So I was more than reluctant when I started reading my first book by Ann Brashares,but since it seemed to be a dystopian novel about time travellers I thought it was worth a try.

To read this review ,which is full of SPOILERS and watch some videos go to :
Nasty Lady MJ
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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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Yeah no. DNFed at 11% I highly recommend everyone go read Larissa's review though. ...more
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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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