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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.
I read Warga's previous book, My Heart and Other Black Holes, and Here We Are Now brings the same immediacy, though it's less raw and painful. The emotions of an estranged father and daughter finding each other land for me, and I always welcome diverse characters (the MC is half Arab). I assume the title is a reference to the Nirvana song, and music is the unifying undercurrent to this story.
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.
4.0 out of 5 starshow they fell in love in the first place
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2018
Taliah has been writing letters to famous rock star Julian Oliver, convinced he may be her father, but she never expects him to show up on the doorstep. Julian wants Taliah to meet his ailing father before it’s too late, and on the journey there, she finds out more about why Julian and her mother split up, how they fell in love in the first place, and why many of Julian’s famous songs are about hopeless love. This isn’t an action-packed book, it’s a gentle unravelling of family secrets and tensions. The book splits the narrative, jumping in time from the present to the past, where we follow Taliah’s mother Lena and her love story with Julian. It’s a lovely concept that will make teenage readers realise that their mums and dads had the same feelings and experiences they are currently going through. My only gripe was that Lena’s reasons for lying to her daughter about her true parentage were flimsily explained, but that doesn’t really detract from the story of Taliah finding the other side of her family and learning that nobody ever completely grows up or knows what they are doing, but what counts is love and acceptance.
4.0 out of 5 starssimply a beautiful story... which pulled at the old heart strings a few times...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2018
Here We Are Now written by Jasmine Warga is the story of one young girl named Taliah, when she meets a famous rock star named Julian this is their story told over five days. What makes this new friendship special is the fact Julian is actually Taliah's biological father and this is their own story as they get to know each other. 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.
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.