Bingeing on ‘The Here and Now’ by Ann Brashares

 

Pub Date: April 8th, 2014

Description:

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except 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.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

 

First off:  How legit is this cover?  Seriously, everything is working really well for me on this one.  The holographic type colors, the half sad face..I’m really digging it.  I’m also thinking it will catch a lot of eyes on the bookshelves.  Well done.

Secondly, I took a leap of face on this one because Ann Brashares is the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  I have a really hard time with science fiction.  My brain has a hard time processing time travel.  It’s pretty much just waiting patiently for the next romantical scene.  My brain enjoys teenage romance.  I know..creeper status.

I have very mixed feelings about this story.  I started off being really into it and really excited for where it was going.  The unrequited love was really working for me.  Prenna and Ethan had some GREAT tension going on.  This may be my favorite paragraph/line from the whole book:

I don’t lie to Ethan, but I don’t tell him the truth either.  I can’y.  To share anything with him, even if I could, would put him in an impossible place.  Already he is the drip, drip of water that carves a canyon right through the middle of me.

There’s no doubt that Ann is an extremely talented writer.  I really felt the emotion in this story.  The tragedy and the sadness.  But the thing that really threw me is the fact that I just didn’t understand a lot of what was going on.  There would be this terrific line and then in the next paragraph I would be lost because we were talking about time travel again.

If there was a sequel, I would give it a try.  Solely based on the fact that I really liked the relationship between Prenna and Ethan.  But if you aren’t a fan of time travel/science fiction I don’t know if this is the story for you.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars!

 

 

 

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Bingeing on ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

Meet my latest obsession.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  Yes, I am acutely aware of the fact that this book was THE BOOK, last year.  I am notoriously late on picking up popular picks of the year.  I showed up quite unfashionably late to the Harry Potter party as well as the Hunger Games series and the Fifty Shades series.  Every once in a while I come across something as it is just coming out and I get to tell all my friends to read it before social media and Target shelves are shoving it down our throats.

I also get a little turned off by the everybody is reading it routine.  But, in all honesty, readers get it.  We know what’s good.  Even if it is complete smut and poorly written (insert guilty pleasure) it’s fun to be in a giant book club with millions of Americans.  They can’t be wrong right?

Plus, this book has been staring at me from the popular shelves at Target, Barnes & Meijer, ETC for quite some time now.  I’m always like “Stop staring at me vague cover art!”  Just look at it..it’s quite creepy even when you don’t know what the book is about.

If you don’t know what it’s about you should probably google it, but I’ll give you the short blurb.

Wife goes missing on couples’ five year anniversary.  Pages and pages of WTF moments follow.

That’s really all you need to know.  If you enjoy thrillers, please pick it up.  IF you don’t enjoy thrillers you should still pick it up.  I’ll warn you though, it’s UNPUTDOWNABLE.  (I really hate that word invented by book reviewers but it really works in this circumstance.)  I’m really drinking from the hose on this one.  I’m over halfway done and started it a couple days ago because there are so many HOLY SHIT moments that I can’t even stand to put it down.  So there’s your second warning, it’s best to start it on the weekend because you will devour it.

FUN FACT:  I just checked into the magical world of google to see if this book was going to get the movie treatment and IT IS!  AND Ben Affleck is in it.  AND I’m squealing!  And I’m leaving the internet before it somehow spoils the ending of the book.  I’m always afraid that the internet is going to ruin a book for me somehow after a very unfortunate google search while reading the Hunger Games series.  Note to self: stay away from the internet when reading hugely popular books, the internet does not know what page you are on!  Damn you google.

I’m actually dying to talk about the huge turn of events halfway through the book but I would feel terrible if I spoiled it for someone else.  I’m debating walking down the street and asking random people if they are currently reading Gone Girl and are in between pages 147 and 200 and if they would like to have a discussion/freak-out fest about the current developments in the story line.

When I finish I’ll be back with as short a review as possible.  Because no one really cares about the review.