Here We are Now Hardcover – 7 November 2017
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"A well-executed family drama of the power of romantic and parental love, secrets, regrets, and new beginnings."--Kirkus Reviews
"An intense family drama that will pull readers in with poignancy, romance, and grief over lost relationships, all set to the beat of scattered song lyrics woven nicely through the narrative."--Booklist
"Intriguing, romantic, and honest, the book celebrates the new beginning that can emerge from tragic endings."--Publishers Weekly
Praise for MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES: "Debut author Warga unflinchingly tackles the grim subject matter with empathy, sensitivity, and honesty, without trivializing her protagonists' disturbing thoughts or emotions . . . [with an] utterly endearing romance."--The Horn Book
Praise for MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES: "Earnest and heartfelt . . . any teen who's ever felt like an outsider will be able to relate to Aysel's and Roman's fully realized characters."--Kirkus Reviews
"This timely, multicultural novel hits all the right notes in the right ways"--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"My Heart and Other Black Holes is alive with intensity, gut-wrenching honesty, moments of humor, and--of course--heart. This is an extraordinary debut by a striking new voice in YA fiction that left me in awe and moved beyond measure. Not to be missed."--Nova Ren Suma, author of THE WALLS AROUND US
"With high intelligence and a massiveness of heart, Warga gifts us with a novel that has the music of Mozart, the logic of advanced physics, and the vision to see the link between them. This is something utterly new, a book that is kinetic and beautiful and unexpectedly life-affirming."--Chris Lynch, National Book Award Finalist for Inexcusable and Michael L. Printz Honor-winner for Freewill
Praise for MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES: "[The book] addresses serious issues with complexity and humor . . . thoughtfully presented."--School Library Journal
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From the Back Cover
Taliah Sahar Abdallat lives and breathes music.
Songs have always helped Tal ease the pain of never having known her father. Her mother, who is very secretive about her past, won't say a word about who her dad really was. But when Tal finds a shoebox full of old letters from Julian Oliver--yes, the indie rock star Julian Oliver--she begins to piece the story together.
She writes to Julian, but after three years of radio silence, she's given up hope. Then one day, completely out of the blue, Julian shows up at her doorstep, and Tal doesn't know whether to be furious or to throw herself into his arms. Before she can decide, he asks her to go on a trip with him to meet the family she's never known and to say good-bye to his father, her grandfather, who is dying.
Getting to know your father after sixteen years of estrangement doesn't happen in one car ride. But as Tal spends more time with Julian and his family, she begins to untangle her parents' secret past and discovers a part of herself she never recognized before.
By the acclaimed author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, this is an intergenerational story of family and legacy and the way love informs both of those things. It's about secrets and the debt of silence. It's about the power of songs. And most of all, it's about learning how to say hello. And good-bye.
- Publisher : Balzer & Bray/Harperteen (7 November 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062324705
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062324702
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 2.79 x 14.73 x 21.08 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 208,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Talia Abdallat has never known her father, but putting together clues from a shoebox of hidden letters belonging to her mother, she figures out he's a famous rock star. Years later, he turns up at her door and tells her her grandfather is dying, and so she leaves with him to meet the other side of her family and over the course of the next fiveish days, comes to learn of her parents' history, her own complex feelings about the father who never came for her, and joined in their common love of music, they find a way to really connect.
But this is not only the story of Taliah and Julian's story, as we also get to know Taliah's mother through flashbacks and this made this book extra special as it was nice getting to know the family through memories being made and past memories. Therefore the past and present of this new friendship connected in an extra special way.
The author Jasmine Warga has written a beautiful story and one which will not be read by one age group as mothers and daughters will both connect with this storyline, this is a book which will go beyond the different generations but connect them.
A great work of fiction which I am happy to recommend.
I don’t want to give too much away in regards to the plot, because it is very straight forward and well-focused on Taliah, a teenager, meeting her father, a well-known rock star, for the very first time. And throughout the pages, Taliah pushes herself to open up to her dad, discover unknown information about her mom, and meet her long lost family. And importantly she matures and discovers things about herself.
Here We Are Now is very straight-forward and focuses a lot on modern day scenarios, such as familial conflicts, diversity, biracial relationships, and tough love. I found myself laughing a lot during this book, because these characters are so witty and heartwarming. But there are also some parts that are heartbreaking, and these moments are so raw and gritty and realistic. In the end, I liked that the conclusion of this book leaves the characters wide open for new possibilities and room to grow, instead of a simple “happily ever after” ending.