The Here and Now by Ann Brashares


18242896An 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:

I just….wasn’t interested in this one. It was flat and boring; the characters didn’t interest me; I was super fidgety while reading it. It just……wasn’t that interesting. I only made it till about page 60 and then I DNF’d it. Besides the fact that it was just boring, I really only had two reasons why I DNF’d this book: 1) The main character, Prenna, was not a solid main character. She was boring, timid, whiny. I just didn’t like her. 2) I read 60 or so pages and there was NO BACKGROUND INFORMATION. The entire book was set up like I should already have known what was going on. I was confused and it was giving me a headache!

I actually liked the prologue of The Here and Now. It was a solid beginning that set it up nicely for a unique and action filled science fiction book. It gets really confusing, though, because the plot jumps four years after the prologue. When I say that it jumps, I mean that relationships are formed during that time and other important things and information has been developed and released during that time. Why didn’t I get to read about any of that? It was sort of like reading the second book in a series. The author really made it so that the reader had no clue what was going on and it was just expected of the reader to have an understanding of the worlds in this book.

It’s pretty judgmental on my end, but I’m also very confused by the cover of The Here and Now. Looking at this cover, I would have thought that this was a contemporary book. Also, all of the blue in the cover makes me think of water. Nothing on this cover makes me think science fiction. I suppose that one could place this as a contemporary science fiction but that just seems like a weird type of genre to me. I was really confused by how this book was supposed to be categorized. Looking on Goodreads, it says that it’s a science fiction, dystopia, fantasy, contemporary, mystery, romance. Uh….huh? That doesn’t make any sense to me. I’m just….confused.

I don’t really have much to say about this one. It was just….weird. Read it at your own risk.


Pages: 288

Publication Date: April 8th, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: DNF


  1. I honestly don’t think you really stayed focused long enough. It’s like The Fault in our Stars, one of the best books written supposedly but takes awhile to really hook to readers attention. I thought this was so good that I read it one snowy day. I personally liked how even though it was a romance book it had the action and suspense. Like what happened after they went there and weren’t able to stop Mona from being murdered. I thought that it was suspenseful yet still had that warm, fuzzy, heart warming feeling. I however did not like how I couldn’t really tell if Prenna ended up with her man or not. She ended up at the beach with her best friend and it didn’t really say if she stayed with him he just gave her a letter and kind of just left. I think that they the author did not give background information for a reason. Prenna didn’t really know her back ground all she knew were the things her dad told her. She started over that background information shouldn’t be there. I personally think this was one of the best books I’ve ever read it really hooked me.

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