Here We Are Now
The book suffers here from an issue I like to call TMHTLD: too much happening, too little development. For example, one theme in this book is Julian's relationship with his father. Unfortunatel ...more
Here We Are Now makes up for a good general fiction as it portrays cha ...more
It felt like thousands of question marks were floating in the air, and instead of grabbing them out of the air and shaking them for answers, we were simply accepting the uncertainty of the moment.
This was actually a 3.5 star read for me, but the more I pondered it over the two-day span between finishing it and reviewing it, I realized it wasn't quite remarkable enough for me to round up.
Here We Are Now tells the story of Taliah, a biracial white/Arabic teen who's never met her father. She's ...more
This was a contemporary story about a girl whose absent rock-star father turned up on her doorstep asking her to meet her dying grandfather.
Taliah was a great character, and I understood her nervousness and anxiety when her rock-star father who she had never met turned up on her doorstep. I also got why it seemed a little strange to be saying goodbye to a grandfather that she had likewise never met before.
-The unique names - I mean come on.. Harlow? Taliah? Lena? Perfect!
-The references to musical artists
-The feminist vibes
-The idea of your long lost father turning out to be a famous rock star god
-The flashbacks! They were extremely well done and honestly the best part about the book.
Things I didn't enjoy so much
-How immature Taliah was. It seemed like every single person had more life experience than she did. I found her whining a l ...more
This story was very emotional, every page made me feel something different. This story is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and figuring out who you are. It’s a story about love, self-love, family love and of course, romantic love.
Jasmine Warga truly has a way with words, I conn ...more
Here We Are Now is a standalone YA Contemporary novel, following teen girl Taliah, who for a few years has been sending letters to her Dad. Her Dad hasn't really had much of a physical presence in her upbringing, as he is a rockstar in a famous band. After her Mum leaves the US for France, Taliah gets the surprise of her life as Julian Oliver shows up on the front doorstep: He is her biological fath ...more
Actually, especially when it’s messy.”
I LOVE family center contemporary stories. They are so easy for me to get invested in and I love seeing the relationships form and evolve. I just love them so much. Here We Are Now was a really good family contemporary, that also really highlighted opening yourself up and conquering your fears - ...more
Story? Taliah’s mom always told her his dad was dead. But at some point she started wondering if this super star rock musician might be her dad? (I know, but her explanations actually make sense!) So it turns out he is, and he wants to take her to see her granddad before he passes away. Her mom is conveniently in Paris, so Taliah jumps into the adventure.
What's good about the book?
It's di ...more
“But I believe strongly that we all have multiple versions of ourselves. And the true test of love is learning to accept all of those versions, even when it’s messy.
Actually, especially when it’s messy.”
I LOVE family-centric contemporary stories. They are so easy for me to get invested in and I love seeing the relationships form and evolve. I just love them so much. Here We Are Now was a really good family centric contemporary, that also really highlighted opening yourself ...more
Honestly, when I first read the synopsis for Here We Are Now, I didn't know whether I would like it or not. However, since it's written by Jasmine Warga, I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad that it's so much more than what I expected, and I'm happy that I didn't brush it off like I had originally planned.
Here We Are Now is told in alternating chapters between Tal's story, and her parents' (Lena and Julain's) story. The more we get to know Tal and Julian, the more we get to know about ...more
And I reach a place similar to that myself. A place with lots of unknowns but somehow okay..."
It was a such sweet read; about being lost, discovering oneself, acceptance, forgiveness and of course our universal language love.
And lastly, I adore how Jasmine Warga ends her novel! So far a 2/2 for me. ...more
Thanks to HarperCollins for providing a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The best word that I can use to describe Here We Are Now is 'disappointing'. I absolutely loved Jasmine Warga's debut novel, My Heart and Other Black Holes, and was highly anticipating this second novel. Sadly, it failed to hit the emotional heights of her debut novel and didn't really live up to the good concept of the book.
Here We Are ...more
Don't make a Star Wars joke, don't make a Star Wars joke
Not only does he drop the dad bombshell, he also tells Taliah that his dad is dying, and Julian wants her to go on a trip with him to say goodbye to the grandad she never got the chance to know.
This book was so sweet! It was such an ...more
Disclaimer: I received this ARC published by Harper Collins courtesy of Kinokuniya Malaysia in exchange for my honest review.
Here We Are Now is a story centered on Taliah Sahar Abdallat, a 16-year-old who lives and breathes music. She grew up with her very-secretive-about-her-past mother, Lena, who won’t say a word about who her dad really was. But when Tal finds a shoebox filled with old letters from indie rock star Julian Oliver-she begins to piece ...more
Taliah Sahar Abdallat loves music. It helps ease the pain of never having known her father. Her secretive mother, who was born in Jordan, won't say a word about her past and who Taliah's father is. When Taliah finds an old shoebox filled with letters from rock star Julian Oliver to her mother, she pieces it together. Her father in Julian Oliver. Rockstar. She attempts to contact him, but she hears nothing for three years until ...more
•Pro: I liked the growth that Taliah experienced over the course of the book. She was living a very insular life, and she was slowly learning to open herself up to new people and new experiences.
•Pro: There w ...more
4.5 stars ***I read an ARC of this book through work***
There's two stories happening at once in this story; Taliah meeting her father and going on a quick road trip with him to meet her dying grandfather, and the backstory of how he and her mother met, how their relationship came to be, and how it unraveled.
I was so invested in Julian and Lena's relationship (Taliah's parents). Their struggles felt relatable and close to me. I love their love, and I feel their pain. Ultimately, it truly shows th...more
"Jasmine Warga’s newest tells the story of the secrets families hide in a simple yet breathtaking way."
My full review for Here We Are Now is up on my school newspaper's website.
I adored this simple yet heartfelt and beautiful book. That's it for now.
I'm hoping to write my thoughts out in the ARC tomorrow morning with a full review to come soon. I'll see if I can get this in the print edition of my school newspaper that releases on No ...more
*I was provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review as a part of a program I participate in with my local indie bookstore*
When it started, I felt it would be an alright story but it quickly went downhill. The entire story I kept thinking, "WHY AM I STILL LISTENING TO THIS?!". I'm a glutton for punishment, apparently. I did not like Taliah and her selfish, self-involved, rude self. I didn't know enough about her parents or the other characters to make a determination on them. I wanted more from her parents POV since their story seemed to be important. I wanted there to be more ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. teenage girl goes to meet her fathers family when he shows up on her door after sixteen years (He is a famous musician) [s]||5||57||Feb 11, 2019 12:41PM|
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