Monday, March 17, 2014

Review of "The Here and Now"

Review of The Here and Now

by Ann Brashares




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 country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

MY REVIEW:  The Here and Now is classified as YA, Young Adult fiction but I believe other adult readers will find it as engaging as I did!   This is a futuristic, time-travel work of fiction and it is fast-paced and intense.   The romantic plot is quite believable and is highly appropriate for young readers.   As a former middle school teacher, I would highly recommend this for both male and female readers.   Will Prenna be able to sacrifice her own happiness for Ethan?  This book would make a wonderful action filled movie. *****
I received a pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:    
Ann Brashares 
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 never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Ann and her husband live with their three children in New York.

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