Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Random House Children's Publishing
Publication Date:  April 8, 2014
Date Read:  April 5, 2014

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Children's Publishing and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars!

This was a quick, easy book that was fun to read.  This book is about a teen girl, Prenna, living in New York City with her mother.  She is part of a group of people from the future living with a strict set of rules.  The group has come to live in our current time from the not so distant future of around 2100.  The future world is not what we would have hoped with plagues and pollution.  This group has traveled to the present to live out their lives but have developed a set of rules that are enforced.  

Prenna is having a hard time following some of the groups rules.  She finds herself drawn to Ethan, a boy from school.  It is against the rules to have any kind of intimate relationship, physical or emotional, outside the community.  Prenna soon meets a homeless man who says some things to her that make her start to question the community.  Prenna begins to wonder if the rules are really necessary and wants to stop some of the devastating things that have caused the world's future state from happening in the first place.

I thought that this book was well written and will probably appeal to the teen audience.   I liked the main characters.  Prenna is willing to question the people in her community who held the power.  Ethan is a great character although obviously fiction since he was a little too perfect.  

I enjoyed this book even though it was far from perfect.  There were more than a few things that happened in the book that were simply unbelievable and I can understand why it would not work for some people.  It is a time travel book so I did not expect it to be believable.  I would recommend this book to others. 

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