The Here and Now

The Here and Now - Ann Brashares

I was really excited about the premise of this book and was eager to read it but once I did read it I found that the execution of the premise was lacking. What could have been a really great book about time travel and its effects turned into a short book with an underdeveloped plot and romance. While I did enjoy reading this I feel like it could stand a lot more work.


I really enjoyed reading about Prenna and liked how strong she was. She stood up for what she felt was right no matter the consequences. I only wish that there had been more about her life before she traveled to the past. There was some talk about what life had been like in Prenna's time but I feel like this book would have benefited from starting before Prenna traveled back in time. It would have helped readers better connect with those characters who had traveled.


No matter how much I did enjoy it at times, I felt that the relationship between Prenna and Ethan was very undeveloped. It seemed like immediately they were just in love. I would have liked to have seen more of a friendship that developed into the love that they felt.


Basically I think that this book suffers from being so short. It is only 256 pages and while I do understand that this book is meant for ages 12 and up I feel like the story could have been fleshed out more in a way that would still be enjoyable for that age range. Everything seemed to be rushed and while there was some resolution at the end the story didn't feel resolved enough. There were still some questions left unanswered and this didn't feel like a setup for a sequel (or at least I don't think there will be one) so I was left a bit unsatisfied by it.


I would probably recommend this book to teenagers or anyone who is a fan of young adult books. With some work on the plot and romance this would have been a great book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the galley.