Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Hachette Children
Publication Date: January 1st 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Buy the book: AmazonSmashwordsiTunes



Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But 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 and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan. She might be able to save the world ... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.

Line divider (pink)


I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


This is the perfect example of a three star book if I ever read one.


Almost all the rules of time travel were broken so if you are looking for a quality Sci-Fi novel, this one isn’t it. However,  I’m not too picky about things like that when I am reading a book that is focused on romance. Sure I found myself scoffing at some things that took place. Prenna is a member of a colony from the future that went pack in time to change the course of history. They want to stop this deadly plague that wiped out most of the world.

I never really understood what their plan was, believe me, I tried. And when I did find out what was going on, I was just left with more questions.

The book was also too preachy for my personal taste. The science was neglected so that the author could spend time on a message and the relationship between Ethan and Prenna. The message was a good one that involved global warming and big business, but I don’t read YA fiction to be preached to.


The relationship between Ethan and Prenna was what I liked most about the story, but it didn’t go anywhere. It wasn’t really insta love because they had been friends for two years before they got together. I found it believable that a couple of teenagers who knew each other well could go from friends to more than friends overnight. They always liked each other so of course they got serious quickly. They were cute, and I liked Ethan a lot, but I don’t have much to say about them.


I’m having a difficult time writing this review so I am going to put myself out of my misery now and wrap things up.

I didn’t hate the book, but I am indifferent so I’m not sure who I would recommend it to. Who knows? You may like it. There was nothing to hate. So read  it or don’t read it, I can’t seem to muster enough enthusiasm to care.



Because of language I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There are no sex scenes, but sex is discussed. 

Three Roses

One StarOne StarOne Star

GR Button

Line divider (pink)

Author Biography

About Ann Brashares

Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Ann and her husband live with their three children in New York.

Line divider (pink)

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Subscribe to get notifications of future events, post, and giveaways!

Sharing is caring!

2 thoughts on “Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

  1. I actually also have a review copy of this one, but I haven’t seen the most flourishing reviews yet, so it has kind of hit the backburner… I think it sounds like a good idea but I do like detailed Sci-Fi’s where they science part of it takes on a larger role. And knowing that this was confusing was a bit off putting. I can tell this one isn’t for me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *