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Estelle: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 8, 2014 Publisher: Random House / Delacorte Press Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: semi-dystopian, time travel, romance, secret mission Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley Summary: Prenna has traveled to the present from the future. Due to […]

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April 27, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I actually kept thinking of My Name is Memory while I was reading this one, too! Now I want to re-read it. I couldn’t tell if I was thinking of it because the books were actually similar or if it was just because they both had time travel elements. I think you ended up liking this one a little more than I did, but I can definitely agree on everything feeling a bit thin. I enjoyed several aspects of the story, but I need MORE to really fall in love.

April 18, 2014 - 1:32 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I think I’ll check this one out from the library after reading your review. I love Ann Brashares’ writing and the world building sounds amazing, but that’s disappointing that the story itself isn’t ore fleshed-out.

April 12, 2014 - 10:06 am

Kelly - This was my first Brashares novel, and while I enjoyed it, I don’t think I connected with it for the same reasons you did. I didn’t find the prose overly memorable, if anything I felt it was a bit too sparse, and her characters were pretty cardboard. But I loved the time travel elements and felt compelled to keep reading to figure out all the details! I totally agree that it needed to be longer to flesh everything out more – I might have felt Prenna and Ethan’s relationship was stronger if it had been given more time to develop, instead of relying on their shared history that I had very little access to. It also might have made the ending feel more like an ending, and less like a beginning.

April 11, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Alexa S. - I’m still very much looking forward to reading THE HERE AND NOW. I do like Ann Brashares’ writing, and I really am curious to see how she tackles this new YA story! I’ve been hearing very mixed things, but overall, they do lean towards the positive, which is nice!

April 9, 2014 - 10:33 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’ve never read anything by Brashares (despite owning a couple of the Traveling Pants books). I’m in the middle of reading this one and while it’s good – seriously, fantastic writing – I’m just bored. I’m feeling as though I’m missing something and keep wondering if I’ve skipped a chapter or two. I’m interested in seeing where the plot is going but I have a feeling it will be a very forgettable book for me.

April 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! Glad to see your thoughts on this one because I’ve just been struggling to pick it up. I have an ARC but every time I tried to start, I was just afraid of being disappointed. It sounds like it could use a little more but definitely enjoyable!

April 8, 2014 - 11:30 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This one frustrated me so much, because, like you, Estelle, I was waiting for a new Ann Brashare novel. I can’t believe how disappointed I was in it – I think you liked it better than I did, maybe because you connected with the characters more? They fell totally flat for me – I just couldn’t get into them.

I did love the writing, and yeah, there were moments of tenderness, but man, the thinness of the story combined with my lack of connection made it a very disappointing read. I’ll still pick up whatever she writes, but honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be as happy with her work as I was with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants…

April 7, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Though I’m a fan of the Sisterhood books, I haven’t read any of Brashares’ other novels. I get the impression that they’ve disappointed readers, and many of the reviews for this one have been so/so. I think I’ll probably pass on it, but I’m glad you got so invested that you wanted more. Thank you for your review!

April 7, 2014 - 11:55 am

Meg - As a longtime fan of Brashares, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I had no idea she had a new work out! This sounds like an intriguing concept, but I always get a little annoyed and skeptical when the world-building in these futuristic stories leaves so very much to the imagination. I’m sure I’ll still give this one a whirl, though. Great review!