Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 16th November 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Arc, E-Arc
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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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.
Here We Are Now was a quiet and sweet little story, that while it didn’t have the heart racing, was a heart-warmer of a read and made me want to turn each page as fast as I possibly could. Tal has never met her father, but with some educated guessing it is clearly rock-star Julian. A man she is clearly never going to meet. Until he shows up on her doorstep. And that is not a spoiler as it is in the bio!
Therefore, starting on a journey of discovery as Tal discovers more about her father’s family and the man she thought she would never get to know. This is a wonderful book about acceptance, trust and believe that things can change. I loved the family history and the background to this story. It was so much more than a discovery of family. Tal also discovered her parents love story.
The reason that this is not a five star for me is because there is a lot of information and not enough action. While information is good, I did wish that the characters moved a bit faster on that information and stopped dithering about. It would have made the storytelling so much faster. Instead the pacing felt a little slow and it made it difficult to concentrate on reading.
Also Tal was a bit boring, but as it says in her description she is ‘ordinary’ and throughout the book that clearly shows.I wish that there had been more of Harlow as she was definitely a feisty character and pushed Tal into making the right decisions.
Here We Are Now is perfect for the more romantic in us, the ones who need a happy ending and a story that will make you fall in love with it time and again.