VINTAGE CHILDREN’S CLASSICS
It has been two years since we first revealed the series design for our Vintage Children’s Classics. The list continues to grow and we are excited to take this opportunity to share some of our more recent additions.
Elena_0254 (by MistoAcrilico)
Author: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 8th, 2014
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
When Prenna was thirteen year old, she moved to New York and has been living there for the last four years. Her greatest secret is that she came from the future, where the world was in decay from a blood plague and the damaged environment. With a group of her community, Prenna and her mother traveled back in time to start over, hopefully protecting the world from the future Prenna once knew. But there are so many rules to follow: never tell anyone where they’re from, never fall in love, never change anything. When Prenna meets a person who tells her that a crucial event that needs to be changed to protect the future is about to happen, she will have to break all the rules to save everyone. Prenna teams up with Ethan, the boy who could lead to her breaking the biggest rule of all, and he might know more about Prenna than she thinks.
A little bit dystopia, a lot of time travel and some romance, The Here and Now was a much anticipated book for me, since Anne Brashare’s I Am Memory and first four The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books were all brilliant. Plus, I love time travel. However, this book fell a little flat. The main character, seventeen-year-old Prenna, often seems much younger than that in her narrative, although she sounds more her age in dialogue. She also makes very bad decisions, often. Ethan, the main love interest, is too perfect while being bland at the same time. And never shutting up about wanting to have sex with Prenna. The premise itself is interesting, and I thought that the basis of the plot was well thought out. I liked how time travel, specifically, the effects of the time traveler’s in the past, were played out. The romance, which is the focal point of the novel, wasn’t enough to keep me interested. Even though Prenna and Ethan have known each other for years, their relationship isn’t interesting or believable. The villains were disappointing and the ending felt anti climactic to me. However, despite all this I still enjoyed the book. I am Memory is a stronger story with a more convincing romance, but I liked most of the plot of The Here and Now and thought it was quick paced and difficult to put down. It had its flaws, but despite them it was still an enjoyable read that was gripping and thought provoking.
“It’s wrong, I know, but I play out this dance with him, exquisite and slow. I play it out in my head, because that is the only place it will ever happen.”