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url 2016-11-11 08:24
The here and now
The Here and Now - Ann Brashares

I listened to the audio version of this and loved it.  The reader did the book justice.  For my review go to http://readlearnandshine.blogspot.co.nz/ or just click and you should be taken there

 

Happy reading

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text 2015-04-20 16:52
The Here and Now - Ann Brashares

I received the ARC for this from NetGalley, but unfortunately did not get the chance to read it. I'm quite sad to say I can't give an opinion on it one way or another. Perhaps in the future.

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review 2015-02-13 00:00
The Here and Now
The Here and Now - Ann Brashares I tried to read The Here and Now but it has the dumbest premise and is just not believable at all. Here is a paragraph from the book:

It is unfair. People versus mosquito. Who should win? We built rockets and cathedrals. We wrote poems and symphonies. We found a passage through time. And yet. We also wreck the planet for our own habitation and the mosquito will win. Unless we succeed in changing course, it will win.

So in the future they have all these advances. They can time travel, and they've eradicated AIDS, they can genetically alter themselves but they can't cure dengue fever? Which isn't that deadly of a disease to begin with; but somehow it mutates and is sexually transmitted or some such nonsense and kills millions of people. Oh and of course we are wrecking the planet and those mosquitoes are going to get us if we don't stop the global warming.

Nope, no I just can't...
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review 2015-01-16 00:00
The Here and Now
The Here and Now - Ann Brashares The Here and Now has the makings of a good time travel/controlling cult/forbidden love story. But something must have gone wrong in the combining of these ingredients.



In the positive category, we have:

– A big ol’ wasteland of a future, justifying the trip back in time to save the people of the past from themselves, and to fix the world for those future generations they left behind.

– The shady governing body of the community of travellers, who ensure people follow the twelve rules, or that they’re not around to cause any more trouble if they do break said rules. Each year the community comes together for a mandatory ceremony, during which the twelve rules are read and the congregation must look upon images of those they have “lost” in the past twelve months.

– The boy from outside the community who seems to really understand the main character, despite how little she has told him… because he actually knows more than he’s letting on.

– A catalyst that kicks the main character into gear when she learns that a critical event draws ever nearer, promising to send the world down the same dark path they came back to avoid.

The rest of this review can be found here!
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review 2014-12-22 00:24
The Here and Now (Review)
The Here and Now - Ann Brashares

When this book was finally over, more than anything else, I was relieved. Relieved that I didn’t have to read it anymore, try to make sense of it anymore, try and care about the characters anymore. I was relieved it was just done and I wouldn’t have to think about it anymore. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I put off writing this review for so long—I just didn’t want to go back and try to explain myself.

 

The Here and Now is one of those books that just exists and you’re not sure why. It was, unfortunately, poorly written and the characterization and explanation for plot events was awful. There was a downright terrible instalove romance between Prenna and the LUV OF HER LYFE!!!11!!, Ethan, that consumed most of the plot—including any and all parts that could have been interesting. The dialogue was bad, the characters were bad, the plot was bad, the sense was bad—everything was just bad. The whole thing did a terrible job convincing me that I was supposed to care. I didn’t hate it enough to give it only one star, but there was very little, if anything, redeeming about the story at all.

 

An ARC of this copy was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

 

What I Liked: Spoilers!

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