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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Release Date - April 2014

Ann Brashares
Delacorte Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

There's been a lot of buzz about The Here and Now, the new novel by bestselling author Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).  This new one is a time travel romance, and it's one that does get you thinking. The key point to this book, no matter what happens, the chances for a happily ever after are definitely skewed.

Prenna James came to New York when she was twelve. Unlike most people who move to a new state or country, Prenna has additional rules to follow as she didn't move from another area, she moved from another time. An earth thousands of years in the future where a plague transmitted by mosquitoes is killing off the population. Among the many rules she and her fellow "travelers" must follow, two are proving tougher than others. These rules are simple, she cannot become intimate with anyone who is not a traveler, and she cannot use information she knows to change the future.

Ethan Jarves is fishing the day Prenna arrives. He's instantly drawn to her, but it isn't until high school that he spies her again. Five years have passed at that point, and the growing attraction between them is hard to ignore. Yet, Prenna's been taught that being intimate with someone from this time could lead to his death and changing the future could put her world at risk. She suddenly faces a difficult choice, defy the rules and put Ethan's life in danger, or follow her heart and risk changing the future

Clearly, no matter what Prenna decides someone is going to end up hurt. That's the aspect of this book that kept me hooked. I adored the growing relationship between Prenna and Ethan, but I was compelled to keep reading and find out how she would solve her dilemma.

The Here and Now isn't a long book. It's less than 200 pages, so it won't take readers too much time to reach the ending. This is a definite change of pace from the Sisterhood series, and I actually appreciated it. I now see why so many magazine book reviewers and bloggers have been talking about it.

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