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Monday, March 17, 2014

Drea's Review: The Here And Now

Title: The Here and Now
Author: Ann Brashares
Format: e-book
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: April 8 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Length: Novel (288 pages)
Genre: Time Travel
Preorder: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars
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Drea's Review:
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Prenna is from the future. It’s a bleak place ravished by plagues and environmental disasters. She’s drawn to a boy at her school named Ethan, but she can’t let him know that. All the rules say so. But Ethan is persistent. Very persistent. A warning from a crazy man changes everything except the heartache of wanting someone she was never meant to have.

The writing in this is not bad, not amazing. The picture of the bleak future feels like a slap on the hand from the author. There are several points where I felt as if I were being preached at. That said, I enjoyed the read. Prenna is a strong heroine who breaks out of her community’s controlling ways. She makes her little part of the world a better place. And Ethan is lovely.

Grab this if you want to read about what could happen in our future…but have some tissues handy.

Unfortunately, the lack of a happy ending for the couple makes this romance-mad chick a bit disappointed. I read the whole book, hoping for some sort of loophole and didn’t get it. I'd have rated this higher if I'd gotten my happy for now but understand why I couldn't. I kind of wish I knew that going into this (but I might not have read it).
*sigh* Ah well. I guess I’ll have to toss in a Disney movie and get over it.


  1. Awww it's weird reading books that don't have a happy ending. Almost everyone creates one.

  2. Dude, you frickin write happy endings, add your epilogue and have them flucking and stuff, maybe that'll be the next 50 shades... :P

  3. Glad you enjoyed it, but dystopian is really not my genre.

    1. It's not really mine either. But I thought I'd give it a try.

  4. I've read Dystopias that are like that before with the whole slap on the hand thing. Not sure how I feel about it. Anyway, glad you mostly enjoyed it :)

  5. not sure how I would feel about being preached out through the book either, I had that in one book before - cant say I finished it.