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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is an epic star-crossed romance about a girl 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.

The world Prenna James comes from is in ruins. She and the others who escaped are here to prevent humanity’s destruction. But if they don’t follow The Rules, everything that matters will be gone: Friends. Families. Dreams. Love.

Ethan Jarves can never know Prenna’s secret. That she’s not from another place.

She’s from another time.


"This gripping story is set in a world unlike any other and inhabited by beautifully imagined characters that stay with you long after the last page.” – Sara Shepard, bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars

“An appealing romantic thriller . . . [also] a potent reminder that we inherit the future we buy with our actions today.”—Cassandra Clare for the New York Times Book Review

“Fast-paced, gripping, and romantic.”—Publishers Weekly

“Lightning-paced . . . like a cinematic blockbuster.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The Here and Now could just as easily sit among the time-travel sci-fi, coming-of-age, or romantic thrillers of YA. Honestly, even though I really don't know how to categorize it, I loved it.”—Happily Ever After/USA Today
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on April 8, 2014 by Delacorte Press
ISBN-10: 0385736800
ISBN-13: 9780385736800
2 Book Reviews
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  • minz_mouse
    minz_mouseSunday, September 4, 2016 at 6:59 am
    Prenna, a teenage girl, has more to her than what most people think. She's a time traveler from the future, along with many others, who live in the outside world as if there's nothing special about them. However, they have a set of rules they must follow in order to avoid revealing themselves to anyone. However, when she goes on a mission, along with her love interest, Ethan, she ends up disobeying one of the rules: Falling in love. This book was truly thrilling, with a great plot, and things that happen that no one expected. All in all, a great book. The author did an amazing job, kudos to her!
    • maggies20
      maggies20Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:26 am44 starsFeatured
      The Here and Now is a truly epic, fascinating book. In this story, the Earth has been invaded by terrible diseases and natural disasters, so people used their advanced technology of time travel to go back to the past, where none of these tragedies started. Those who came back cannot tell anyone their identity and follow a set of rules to prevent causing any panic for the present people. Prenna is one of them to travel from the future, she always follows the rules and understands the consequences if she doesn't. However, recently, she starts to discover more secrets about her community and family. Prenna needs to solve this mystery and save the world, but can she proceed without hurting anyone including her love Ethan? I think this book is exciting and thrilling. There are many unexpected plot twists and all the actions are described well. It also gives the readers a lot of space for imagination. Time traveling is a pretty popular and common topic, but the way it's used in The Here and Now is creative and fun.