The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Delacorte Press, April 2014
288 pages, 3 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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. —Goodreads.com
This was an extremely quick read. Not only is it short, but the story is fast passed and sucks you in easily. My issues with this book really come from the ending, so if you haven’t read it, please beware of SPOILERS. I had some issues with how time traveling works in the book. How did Prenna’s dad get all that stuff in the locker? When she traveled she couldn’t take anything with her (not even clothes).
Also, Ethan’s emphasis and insistence on sex was annoying. I get it he’s a teenage boy, but he supposedly really likes her, right? So why is there so much pressure from him for a physical relationship? Why doesn’t he respect her reservations? And her desire for him doesn’t seem the same–it would have made sense if she too was like OMG I can’t keep my hands off this boy. But her connection to him is more cerebral, which plays into the stereotypes of teen boys and girls.
Overall I enjoyed this book because it was engrossing and quick. But I didn’t think it was as great as her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books.
FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little time traveler, the trip was rough and left you bruised and scratched. Don these dirty denim jeans which will make you feel like you’re from 2010. Pair them with these pink tennis shoes. They are exactly what you need for running from the “rules” and those who enforce them.
When you traveled something happened to your eyesight and so you wear these cute glasses. Sometimes you wonder if they are actually a surveillance mechanism—because your therapist has this creepy way of checking up on you after your conversations with your bestie.
This tank keeps you cool in the toasty summers that you know will only get hotter as the years progress. Global warming was one of the huge factors in the dismal future you come from, so you’re all about broadcasting education about climate change.
These little heart studs show your love for the stud (*wink wink*) Ethan. There’s just something about him that you love, maybe it’s his brains or his brawn or just fate? You’re not entirely sure. This watch helps you keep track of time, there’s only so much before the pivotal point where the world changes for better or for worse. And you must be there to ensure the better.