Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736800

 Description

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 Impressions~

I did not read The Traveling pants so this is the first book I've read by Ann Brashares. I am also not much for books on time travel, but this one was amazing. I really enjoyed the multiple stories going on and watching the connections.  Then I hear there is a talk of making this wonderful book into a movie and I get super stoked. I have read alot of really bad reviews on this book, but I simply do not agree with them.I think they might be falling to relate to the audience this book was wrote for. Kids in grades 7 and up are not really going to care about all the science behind the time travel or if the disease is easily curable in real life. They like the story line, the plot twists, the relationships. They enjoy the journey of the book and the what if it brings to life.  This was a well wrote and executed book that I know me and my 3 teens (16, 14, 19) loved.

The characters are lively, well developed and full of life. I liked the realtionship between Ethan and Prenna. It's real. For anyone with teenagers you know they fall in  love in a matter of seconds and its heart wrenching for them when they cannot be together. It makes no sense, but then again who cares. Ethan fell in love with Prenna the moment he saw her and his life was forever changed. I appreciated that the author mentions the sexual attractions and desires but that they are both mature enough not to act on them. In a book wrote for young teens I think they can relate the feelings that Ethan and Prenna have for each other, but also relate to the obstacles that can stand in the way of acting on those feelings and being responsible instead of impulsive.

I for one cannot wait for her next book and the journey it will take us on.

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~About the Author~


Ann Brashares is the bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, Forever in Blue, The Last Summer (of You and Me), and My Name is Memory.

Disclaimer: I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.












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