The Here and Now
By Ann Brashares
(Delacorte Press, Hardcover, 9780385736800, April 8, 2014, 256pp.)
The Short of It:
Every now and then, I reach for something just because I know it will be a quick, fun read. The Here and Now, was that book.
The Rest of It:
Prenna James, born into a world riddled by plague, leaves the 2080’s with her mother and a group of time travelers in order to escape what the world has become. They travel to the present day, where she must mingle with other teens, assimilate, or risk losing everything.
This was a super quick read and if you like time travel, reading this will be a nice way to spend the afternoon. It felt very YA, and I believe it is categorized as such but I still enjoyed it. Some of the story was a little predictable and convenient, but overall it was what it promised to be. I would have liked more of the 2080’s, to get a real feel for what she was escaping from but that is the fatalist in me talking. I love a world riddled by catastrophe so of course I wanted to spend a little more time there.
I could see my daughter reading this and she is only ten so that should give you an idea of the reading level. Overall, simple, quick, fun.
Source: Sent to me by the publisher.
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