‘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.
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.