The Here and Now by Ann Brashares {Kelly’s Review}

Posted 14 May, 2014 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 8 Comments

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares {Kelly’s Review}The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Genres: Girls & Women, Young Adult
Pages: 192
Format: eBook

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.

Solid story with an unsatisfactory ending.

Thoughts on The Here and Now

Sooooo. You know when you can appreciate how a story ends and you totally get why it went the way it did and yet you’re still dissatisfied with the ending? That was me with this book. I get why it went the direction it went in. It made sense. BUT… as a reader, I wanted more resolution to the story. If this is the first in a series, I can understand why it left off the way it did. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information on whether or not this is intended as a stand alone and that NOT KNOWING makes the events that happened at the end very bittersweet.

That said, the story itself is engaging. Given the future they come from, the strict rules the community leaders set down seem to make sense. Exposing who they are and where they’re from could be disastrous for all the travelers. But as Prenna begins to question, inconsistencies are revealed. …and now I’m having a hard time formulating thoughts that won’t give away major plot points.

Right. So. Ethan and Prenna. Ethan forces her to think outside the box and to look at things from a different perspective. He’s her catalyst. Without him, she would have been trapped in the patterns she was told were required. Together they’re a pretty dynamic force. And I liked that. I liked them. I just… had some issues with the way things played out between them at the end. (and, honestly, these issues could all be me. I can’t even pinpoint my discontent because I like how so much of the present/future storyline played out. I’m all over the place with my feelings.)

Bottom line, if this is the first in a series, I’m ALL OVER the way it played out. If this is a stand alone, I’m a grumpy Gus who wants more resolution. However, if I take the ending out of the equation, I liked the crazy time travel twists and the secrets that spilled out as Prenna uncovered more and more of the truth. So, there you go.

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Filed under: ESR: 6, Review: Kelly, Science Fiction, YA,


8 Responses to “The Here and Now by Ann Brashares {Kelly’s Review}”

  1. Don’t be surprised if this was a stand alone because she did that kind of thing with another one of her stand alone novels. It is also the reason I just can’t read her even though I think her writing is really well crafted.

  2. I completely understand Kelly!!! I’m that way too. I understand that a particular story sometimes needs to be left open to reader interpretation and that lots of answers probably wouldn’t work, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want them regardless. So hoping this ends up having a sequel so you get that resolution you want!

  3. I’ve definitely read endings like that and they’re distinctly dissatisfying, especially if there’s not going to be another book to pick up where the first left off. I have this on my Kindle and I’m reluctant to read it, especially with a NOT KNOWING ending and little hope of a second book.

  4. Those kind of endings are definitely frustrating! Still, aside from that it sounds like you enjoyed it overall. But yeah, just pretend that it ended the way you wanted it to. LOL It’s called denial, and it works. ;)

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