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Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she'd ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense - kinda - because Julian Oliver is Taliah's father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

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Paperback, 290 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
To be clear: three stars is a fairly positive rating for me. I think this will work for a lot of readers. It's deep and meaningful in all the right ways that can touch your soul. It's also still an arc version, and with a few aspects improved, I have no doubt many will fall in love. It just wasn't for me.

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.
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
“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. That’s one of the toughest things about love, right? The way people we love are constantly changing and we have to learn how to accept those changes. Love isn’t a constant thing, you know? It’s active. It’s always growing.

Here We Are Now makes up for a good general fiction as it portrays
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
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
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Sarah
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

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.

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Krista Regester
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Things I enjoyed about Here We Are Now

-The diversity
-The cover!
-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
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MaryJane
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This one really surprised me. It wasn’t really what I was hoping for, which is weird because looking at the synopsis in comparison to the story I read, I’m really not sure how it could have gone any other way.

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
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
This was a book that I was sent for review a while ago, I'm trying to conquer my backlist readers!

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
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Geekyeram
Mar 25, 2015 marked it as to-read
After reading My Heart and Other Black Holes I will basically reading ANYTHING she writes. I don't know anything about this book but I'm still excited for it
Leanna Domalik
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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 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 -
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a ∗
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: really-liked-it
all the stars | i definitely was not expecting to love this book as much as i did, and this book has genuinely surprised me. i fell in love with every single thing about this novel; the plot, the characters, the setting, the dynamics, the banter, the writing...everything. after reading some of the reviews, i figured i’d probably enjoy the book but i wouldn’t “really” love it. boy was i wrong. i just had one of the worst reading slumps, and this is the first book that i could not put down. i read ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
*sighs* I was going to give his 3 stars if it weren't for the last pages. Just barely. But we'll get to that.

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
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Chelsea
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Mini Review: I adored Jasmine Warga's My Heart and Other Black Holes, so I was eagerly anticipating this one. While it is only a 3 1/2 star read for me, it is pretty well written and a solid YA contemporary novel. The writing was sometimes a little too on the nose with references and perhaps a little too quirky, such as these very unrealistic letters that I could never imagine someone sending. I will point out that this book features a lot of diversity, as the MCs mom is an immigrant from Jordan ...more
Cori Reed
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

This was such a heartwarming book. Totally recommend it!
Bookread2day
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Some people show up on your door step who you never expect. For Taliah her rock star dad turns up out of the blue. After Taliah had found her mother's shoe box with clippings of her dad in a rock band she had secretly been writing letters to him asking if Julian Oliver was her father. I quite enjoyed reading this story about family and friendship.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.25 Stars
“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 up and
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Trevor
Warga's debut, MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES was one of my favorite reads of 2016. Yes, it is by no means perfect but I rated it 5* because it gave me all the feels. Anxiously awaiting her next release, I kept refreshing my library catalog waiting to be the first to put a hold on it. Perhaps I had too high of expectations...or maybe I've grown as a reader & demand more of my books now. Either way, this was a disappointing sophomore slump. Warga's writing sucked me in, but I was left feeling ...more
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rating-4-stars
4.5

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
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Justine
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.
Jenna
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Thanks to HarperCollins for providing a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The best word that I can use to describeHere We Are Nowis'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 Now
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Kali Cole
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contempary
Here We Are Now was a phenomenal story about family, acceptance, and love. I would say that I enjoyed this one so much more than My Heart and Other Black Holes. The transition between the past and present was beautifully organized and I found myself almost crying at certain parts. While reading this, I listened to some music and it made the whole experience come alive because music is a major theme within this book in my opinion. One thing I have to say is that the cover makes absolutely no ...more
Anis Suhaila
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
You would start this book thinking it has a destination, but actually, it is just a journey of a beginning.
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Julian Oliver is a famous rock star. He has fans all across the globe, has numerous magazine spreads and one day he turns up on Taliah Abdallat's doorstep, confirming Tal's theory that he is in fact her father

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
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Ashvin
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
(ARC Review) Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

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
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Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

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
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Samantha (WLABB)
A family focused story, which was quite heartfelt at times, while exploring a myriad of themes. I feel like this is a hybrid story, as half the story is told present day, and half is flashbacks recounting Tal's parents' relationship, which all contribute to Tal learning more about herself.

•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
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Andrew
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

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

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Luke Reynolds
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally
ARC Review (9/22/17, received from Sarah Prineas)

"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.

After Reading:

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
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Tova
That was okay. I prefer Jasmine's other book, but this was still decent.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
What in the fresh hell was this story.

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
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Melanie  Brinkman
Sometimes you think you know the whole story and then you find out you don't.

Taliah (Tal) has always wondered about her father. After finding some evidence of who he may be she did something about her wondering. She wrote famous musician, Julian Oliver many letters. She never expected to get her answer in the form of him showing up on her doorstep.


Basically the premise says most of what happens in the story but there is so much more as well. Here We Are Now follows Tal and her discovery of the
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Jasmine Warga is a writer from Cincinnati, Ohio who currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is the internationally bestselling author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. Her books have been published in over twenty-five countries and optioned for film. Her debut middle grade novel, Other Words For Home, will be published in Spring 2019. Jasmine lives in an apartment filled ...more
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