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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review: THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares (Delacorte, April 2014)

From Amazon

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.

"This gripping story is set in a world unlike any other and inhabited by beautifully imagined characters that stay with you long after the last page. As always, Brashares expertly captures the wonder of love’s enduring power.” – Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars

Audience: YA
Genre: Speculative Fiction, Romance
Length: 256 pgs.

Rating: ***** (A definite favorite!)

Review: This book just plain blew me away. Let me start out honestly. I didn't know who Ann Brashares was until just a couple minutes ago when I looked the book up on Amazon. I just got an email from NetGalley saying I was preapproved for this title, and since it looked really interesting I got on board. The book hooked me from moment one. And it's beautifully written. Poetic. There are so many passages I wish I could just share just because of how beautifully they're written. It's very thought provoking, and there may be a slight agenda to it. (There's a part toward the end that, it seemed to me, was a bit preachy about environmental awareness, but it only stuck out a tiny bit.) It moved really quickly. I was so engrossed I didn't want to put it down for anything. Luckily, or unluckily, I finished it in a couple days so I can get back to laundry now... I never got frustrated with what I didn't know. It seemed I would ask a question and a page or so later it would get answered. Perfect.

Source: I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Content: Rated 1-5; 1 being saturated, 5 being minor instances.
Sex - 1+ (There is kissing and touching. The main characters talk about sex, though not graphically--in the context of a relationship.)
Violence - 1 (**SPOILER** There's a fight near the end, but no graphic gore or anything is discussed.)
Language - 3+ (I only add the plus in there because it contains one word that's very offensive to me, and a handful of instances of what I would refer to as a "worse" word)
Overall rating - PG-16*
(Be aware that I'm pretty conservative in my rating. Usually I think about my littler sister or as a mother, when would I let my child read this.)

Try this. Like beautiful, romantic YAs? Read MATCHED by Allie Condie.

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