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The starting of the book kept me hooked but it was pretty boring towards the middle. I love the characters especially Taliah. Her reactions and her chatacter development were good. There were soo many things happening and the development of the story was really slow. The thing i liked about the book was you think that the book takes you from the start to the end of the journey but really its just the beginning. If you are looking for a good read better chose her first book which was soo good because this book can be fustrating at many points.
Wow, Pamplemousse! I think this book found me at the right time in my life. Here We Are Now is short and expands over a few days, but I also enjoyed that flashbacks of the main character’s parents falling in and out love is littered throughout the pages. I really connected with the main character Taliah, who is definitely a hard shell to crack. But I loved that although she is sarcastic, smart, and funny, she also holds a tight rope around her emotions. She is cautious with letting people in, but I liked that her journey to meet her father and his family for the very first time, opens up her world to new challenges and emotional breakthroughs.
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.
This was an awesome book with a focus on friendship and family which isn't seen often enough in YA. If you liked Who's That Girl, you'll love this music infused book. I have a full review for this book posted on my blog: Reading, Writing, And Me.