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'The Here and Now' weaves compelling fantasy from Ann Brashares

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'The Here and Now' by Ann Brashares

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When young Ethan sees a girl materialize in front of him, he doesn't quite know what to make of her. He generously offers her his shirt to cover her nakedness. Before he can learn anything about her, she runs away. He's left with plenty of questions but no answers.

Two and a half years later, he meets her again and his whole world changes. Prenna, the girl of his past, has a secret and she doesn't want to let him in on it. She lives in a world of rigid rules and getting involved with Ethan would break almost all of them.

This is the world author Ann Brashares describes in her fantasy, “The Here and Now.” As Ethan and Prenna get to know each other, they discover hidden truths that can save the world or hurtle it to destruction. The most shocking secret that Ethan must absorb comes when Prenna finally reveals that she came from the future, a very unpleasant future.

Brashares tells the story with eloquence and candor. She offers insights on environmental and sociological issues from the perspectives of the teens. The narrative provides romance and suspense as the pair struggle to set history right.

“The Here and Now” suits many audiences. Young adult readers can identify with the youthful heroes. Fantasy and science fiction fans will enjoy the intricate cause-and-effect Brashares defines in her story. Filled with suspense and spiced with romance, the story will satisfy any reader who appreciates a well told story.

Brashares is the bestselling author of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” She’s at the top of her game with “The Here and Now,” which is available in both print and electronic editions.

"The Here and Now" by Ann Brashares

Published by Delacorte Press

Disclaimer: This review is based on a review copy provided by the author or publisher with no restrictions as to content. All opinions are my own.

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