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Book Review: Now That You’re Here

Title:  Now That You’re Here
Author:  Amy K. Nichols
Publisher:  Knopf/Random House
Genre:  Sci Fi/YA/Middle Grade
Source:  Purchased
Rating:  5
Locate It: Powell’s or Amazon

 In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek.
One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body—his own, but different. Somehow, he’s crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee—a girl who’d rather land an internship at NASA than a date to the prom—may be his only hope of getting home.Eevee tells herself she’s only helping him in the name of quantum physics, but there’s something undeniably fascinating about this boy from another dimension . . . a boy who makes her question who she is, and who she might be in another place and time.

My Thoughts:

I’ve been looking forward to Now That You’re Here for well over a year.   The author is my friend (our daughters were in kindergarten and first grade together) and I was thrilled when I heard that she would have her debut novel published by Random House/Knopf.  I had pre-ordered the book as soon as it was available for pre-ordering.  I’d even read a very early version of chapter 1 (which is now chapter2).  I couldn’t wait to read this book.  But, then it arrived and I became worried.  What if I didn’t like it?  I wanted to be able to give it an honest review but also didn’t want to hurt my friend’s feelings.  I was a little uncomfortable and even considered putting off opening the book but I didn’t.  Instead, I read it.  I read it in two days because I had a hard time putting it down!  I loved it!

I don’t think that I’ve read a book quite like Now That You’re Here.   This is one of those genre-bending novels, a mix of science-fiction, romance, mystery, and thriller…all wrapped up in a fun, fast YA novel, complete with Doctor Who and Star Trek references.  Someone said there was also some Klingon and/or Elvish in the book, but I couldn’t really tell you since I don’t speak either one.  😉

I absolutely LOVED the main female protagonist, Eevee.  She is strong and smart and caring and active. Everything that I want my own daughter to be.  I loved that Eevee was open to believing that the new Danny was from a “different world” and was willing to help him.  What I didn’t like was how easy she slipped into skipping class once she met him but I’m sure that’s just the mom in me talking.  If it had been 16 year old me reading this book, I probably would have found it romantic.  😉

Something else, I really loved about Now That You’re Here is that although it is being marketed as a YA novel, it could just as easily be given to a middle-schooler to read.  There is nothing in this book that would make me uncomfortable to give to either my son or daughter to read (well, except the skipping of school but (spoiler alert) Eevee does end up getting in trouble for that).

I definitely recommend this book for adults, teens, and middle-schoolers.

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