Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Thoughts: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
Here We Are Now
by Jasmine Warga
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781444791785
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: e-Arc

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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 Julian Oliver is Taliah's father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father - her grandfather - who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother's trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her 'father' and her family. But Julian isn't the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother's past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was really excited to get started on Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga. I had read her previous book, My Heart and Other Black Holes a few years ago, and it was one of those stories that really stuck with me, so I was curious to see how this one would compare.

Since she was thirteen years old, Taliah has guessed at whom her father was, but has never met him, and her mother has never named names. Based on evidence that Taliah has discovered, but never told her mom about, she thinks that her dad may be rock star Julian Oliver. When Julian arrives on her doorstep one afternoon out of the blue, Taliah begins to think she may be right. And when he asks her to take a road trip with him to meet the family she’s never known, as well as her dying grandfather, she decides to go, to discover all the things she’s missed out on for so long.

The storyline for this book was definitely different from that of that of Jasmine’s previous book. While it did touch bases on important things throughout the story, the storyline was pretty upbeat. And, coming in at right around 300 pages, it was a really quick read as well. I actually ended up listening to the audiobook for this, which I surprisingly found on Hoopla* on the day book was released, and since I’m all about audiobooks lately, I decided to check it out in that format instead. I’m so glad I did! Soneela Nankani did a great job narrating the book, and I really enjoyed having her read the story to me.

Overall; Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga was a quick and interesting read, and I’m so glad to have had the chance to read it this month! I’m really looking forward to reading more by Jasmine in the future as well, and I’ll be keeping my eye out for her next book, Other Words for Home, which is due to release in 2018!

*Hoopla is a digital media service offered by my local library! It has an amazing assortment of audiobooks, and also offers ebooks, movies and tv shows as well.

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