The Here and Now

The Here and Now

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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 "From the Hardcover edition."
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 23mm | 431g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0385906293
  • 9780385906296
  • 1,018,484

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"From the author who brought us The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants come the gripping page-turner about a girl who's willing to risk it all for love and the fate of the world." - Teen Vogue

"Best known for her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, Brashares forays into science fiction in this fast-paced, gripping, and romantic novel about a girl from a future that seems eerily possible. . . her fans will be happy to find that her prose is as resonant and realistic as ever." - Publishers Weekly

"Brashares . . . builds on her adroit adolescent characterization and ear for teen dialogue and transports them into an exciting time-travel adventure complete with murderers to thwart and mysteries to solve."- Booklist
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About Ann Brashares

Ann Brashares is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, "3 Willows," "The Last Summer (of You & Me)," and" My Name Is Memory." She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.
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Rating details

12,205 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 12% (1,505)
4 29% (3,510)
3 38% (4,630)
2 17% (2,016)
1 4% (544)

Our customer reviews

DNF - 0 stars Where I stopped reading: 39% on my Kindle Why I stopped reading: It was blech. I didn�?�¢??t care about any of the characters, the plot, what was going on. I didn�?�¢??t want to finish it. I didn�?�¢??t want to read it. And that made me sad. I loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I liked The Last Summer (of You and Me). I even enjoyed My Name is Memory. But this one, The Here and Now, totally missed the mark. I didn�?�¢??t get it. I understood what was going on, and what was probably going to happen. BUT . . . it didn�?�¢??t make sense. Prenna kept alluding to all of these issues and problems. And, yes, I could figure out what they were, but she didn�?�¢??t tell me. She didn�?�¢??t let me in on her secrets. All I heard was that she wasn�?�¢??t allowed to say anything. Come on!!! You have to give the reader something, let me in on a few secrets. The portion that I read felt choppy and just didn�?�¢??t make sense. I wanted to like this book. Sadly, I didn�?�¢??t even dislike it enough to finish it and give it a low-star rating. (I received a complimentary copy of this book exchange for an honest review.)show more
by Chrissy
I wanted to read The Here and Now for two reasons. The first, I love any thing in ya dealing with time travel, especially if it has romance involved, and even more so since it is a forbidden love. Second, I enjoyed Sisterhood, and I wanted to see how Ms. Brashares handled paranormal. I know that a lot of my blogging buddies didn't really fall in love with this story, but despite some issues, I really got into the story, especially the friendship and longing to be more forbidden aspect between Preena and Ethan. Their easy friendship that has morphed into something sweet, and longing, as well as the fact that we know Ethan saw her when she first arrived, but Preena doesn't adds an extra element of suspense. It also explains his patience and that he doesn't pressure her for answers even though I know that curiosity must be burning a hole in his brain. But he accepts that he can't and he just befriends her, and doesn't pressure. That respect that I gained for him went so far in being team Ethan. Preena herself quickly shows to be a mild rebel. She wants to help the future and uphold the integrity of time, but she also wants to be more than just casual friends with Ethan. She wants to know things, and she asks questions. I admire her that she doesn't just silently accept, and the fire she has for really wanting to make a difference. But then she started making stupid decisions and it became too focused on just the two of them whereas the whole saving the world thing took a bit of a back seat. I get it, teenage hormones, the friendship turned into attraction turned to love/lust. But there are huge risks, and while I want to cheer for them, it is so hard knowing possibly consequences. It had me so torn right along with them because I did feel their chemistry and I know that it is so easy to get caught up in a moment and not think how it will effect tomorrow, others, or anything besides that moment feeling so right. There are other issues, like not really understanding why characters were so in the dark as to how they are supposed to be changing the future. The silly decisions. The fact that even though I liked Ethan, there were things he could do that were just a little too convenient and at times, pretty darn weird that he did in the first place, I think. And the random sex mentions. Maybe it just read that way to me but yeah, their conversations about it felt a little forced and unrealistic. But then there were other aspects that I really enjoyed. I liked the world building that we see when Prenna writes the letters to her brother Julius. It helps to see how the two time periods are different, and set up the environment that Prenna grew up in without it seeming too forced like a story dump. It also showed a family connection that felt lacking with Prenna's mom so depressed and her dad decided last minute not to make the trip through time. The first part really got my attention and I read through until about 40% in one sitting, so obviously some of the things I mentioned as issues didn't get in the way of readability and the fact that I didn't want to stop in spite. I had to take a break due to illness but then I read the last 60 in a sitting too, so it definitely kept my attention and I wanted to know how everything worked out. In some ways, I really enjoyed the ending. It fixed the main problem of the book, and it tied up a lot of things, but there is still too much unknown for me. I am not sure if it is supposed to be a series, and if it is, then that fixes said issues. I think that the forbidden part of the love story and really thinking of Ethan's health since Prenna comes from the future with epic and deadly diseases keeps them apart, and while it is smart and the right thing, I still am holding out for some way for them to be together. Bottom Line: Had issues, but I still couldn't stop reading the forbidden romance and race to change and save the more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
This book is a story about a teenager with the typical teen concerns. This book is also a science fiction thriller with time travel, plagues, good guys and bad guys. It is also a commentary on today's society. The quick plot line and the writing makes up for logic gaps in the book. Suspend disbelief and go along for what is a fun read. Read my complete review at: *** Reviewed based on a publisherâ??s galley received through NetGalley ***show more
by Nada A.
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