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Set in the 1960s, Barbara Bottner's I Am Here Now is a beautiful novel in verse about one artists coming of age. Its a heartbreaking, powerful and inspiring depiction of what it's like to shatter your lifeand piece it all back together.

You cant trust Life to give you decent parents, or beautiful eyes, a fine French accent or an outstanding flair for fashion. No, Life does
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Imprint
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Feb 07, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

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Amanda Cresse
I did not enjoy this bookat all. I wanted to (because I love stories told through free verse) and I tried (I did not abandon it even though I really, really wanted to be done).
It was not all bad

What I liked:
References to Art/Artists and museums of NYC; references to Hungarian culture/traditions; some of the chapters are really greatI especially enjoyed the letters between the charactersand Maisie has a sarcastically, witty mouth.

What bothered me:
Such a slow plotI was so bored. None of the
Thank you to Edelweiss, the author, and the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Unfortunately, this book just wasnt for me. I think the artistic side of the plot took a big backseat that I wasnt expecting. I found the majority of the characters incredibly unlikable and I didnt have a reason to root for any of them. The historical setting changed nothing about the story as a whole and didnt come alive for me.
Lily (WhoLockian)
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
I won this in a goodreads giveaway.

I hope others like this more than I did. For me, this book fell flat and I found it very boring. I didn't finish it. I normally do finish even when I don't like a book.

I would give the author another chance, but this book was just not for me. I did find the portrayal of the Irish neighbor Mr. O'Neil to be very negative and stereotypical of the Irish people.
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Barbara Bottner, New York Times best-selling author, is a screenwriter, TV writer, and writing coach, who began her multi-hyphenate career as an artist and actor. Designing off-Broadway sets in the 60s led her to performance and following her career in theatre, she began writing and illustrating books for children. In total, she has written over 40 books in all areas of childrens literature ...more

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