YA Summer Continued: The Here And Now by Ann Brashares

9780385736800The Here and Now by Ann Brashares is another great YA read, continuing the tradition of me being entertained by books written for teens :)

Although I’ve never read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series– Brashares’ best-known work– another of her books, The Last Summer (of You and Me) was a favorite of mine a few years back, and one I think everyone should read at least once a summer. It takes place at the beach, it’s about sisters…what’s not to love? (Consider that a bonus recommendation :) )

The Here and Now is the story of 17 year old Prenna, who immigrated to New York state – but not from a different country. Prenna comes from the future, a time where a mosquito-borne pandemic has killed millions, including her two younger brothers.  After traveling to the past, Prenna and the others like her live with a strict set of rules that call to mind Captain Kirk and Star Trek – don’t interfere, don’t call attention to yourself, and do not become intimate with anyone from the past.

Prenna meets Ethan, and wrestles with all of these rules, but not in a predictable way. I was pleasantly surprised that the story had more to it than the cover description indicated. It wasn’t just the story of teen love thwarted by destiny – these kids had a mission, and the plot kept me turning pages as they unravelled different parts of this mystery and decided how to respond.  Definitely worth a place in your beach bag this summer.