Book Review: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Title: Here We Are Now

Author: Jasmine Warga

Published: November 7th, 2017

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Rating: 🐱🐱🐱🐱

Find the Author: Goodreads 

Disclosure: I was sent this book for review. As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

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‘Funny and heartfelt… fans of Sarah Dessen or Rainbow Rowell will adore this novel’ – Culturefly

‘Fans of High Fidelity and Nick + Nora, get your hands on this book ASAP’ – Popsugar

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because it turns out Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father…

When Julian asks her to go with him to his hometown to meet the family she has never known, Taliah embarks on a three-day voyage of discovery – of her father, of the past her mother has never shared with her, and of herself.

From the bestselling author of MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES, this is a beautiful and heartwarming novel of music, family, and friendship.

First Thoughts… This is definitely new territory for me. My first review with a sparkly new blog design! I am so honored that Jasmine’s was the first to be featured with the new outlook on Pretty Little Memoirs’ future as a YA Blog. I own Jasmine’s previous book, My Heart and Other Black Holes, but haven’t read it just yet. I’ve heard amazing things, but because I bought it myself and it didn’t go straight into my ARC pile, it got lost somewhere along the way. So when the lovely people at Hodder sent me Here We Are Now, I was over the moon.

My Review… I had major cover crush while reading this. It’s lively and modern and So. Freaking. Cute. So that was enough to pick it up the other day and read a couple chapters before going to sleep. A few chapters turned to reaching the middle of the book, the realization, and the happy shrug to delve back in anyway. The night became darker but the storyworld Jasmine had created only grew brighter. For Taliah, meeting Julian Oliver sounded like a dream. Well, it was a dream. He’s a famous rock star, so why would she ever think meeting him would be imaginable? Even though she’s been told her Dad is dead, something inside her can’t help wondering if maybe it was Julian. With her Mother away out of the country, Taliah’s world is shook-up when Julian shows up on her doorstep. After all, he is her father. 

Despite her not knowing where she belongs in his world – or life – Taliah goes with him to say goodbye to her dying Grandfather. The tangled feelings around this are muddled for Taliah. She’s not sure how to feel about a Grandfather – and father – she never knew existed. There’s a lot that she has to go through and figure out for herself, reading in between the lines of the past and to Julian. There is a romance element (slight instalove, but it didn’t take away from the real meaning of the story) and although that wasn’t a huge part I liked, it did show another side to Taliah, away from the chaos of her newfound life. 

Overall, I thought that Here We Are Now was one of those books that I would tell my friends, “Hey, this is a great book. You should read it”. I find myself telling this to friends of mine on a regular basis, so it’s a high regard to have if it’s one of them (and I don’t say it about a lot of them!). The true message of the book wasn’t about Taliah’s love life or drama, but one about family. And I think that’s a pretty amazing thing to read about. Also, can I just say, major plus points for a YA book including diverse characters in this book?! Definite applause (and about time it wasn’t so rare in mainstream YA). I am so glad to have read this.

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