Synopsis: 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.
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
This was a really last minute read for me. I was sitting in a class, not having a great time, when I realized I still had my application on my laptop that I use to read ARCs open. I noticed I still had quite a few days left for Here We Are Now so I decided to start it.
I finished it within the day, and I did enjoy it. It wasn’t my favourite of this year so far, but it was exactly what I needed at the time: A quick and interesting contemporary.
One of my favourite aspects of the book was the characters. I really enjoyed the main character Taliah (Tal), as well as her mom Lena. Tal’s personality was really enjoyable for me to read. Her dialogue moved quick and felt natural, especially when she was talking to Julian.
The book is a really quick read, and the story flows really well, but there are bits that made parts of the book quite hard to get through. I really did not like the sort-of romance between Tal and Toby. It felt random, unnatural and like it was stuck in after the fact. There is really no development in the relationship, and in the character of Toby all together.
One of the things I did really like was the switch between Tal’s current story, and her mom Lena’s story from when she met Julian. A lot of my favourite scenes in the book were Julian and Lena’s parts and their stories from when they were younger.
Unfortunately, because I really enjoyed Julian and Lena’s timeline, I felt the current Tal timeline dragged a bit in comparison to the other. This was also probably why I didn’t like Toby’s character. The romance between Lena and Julian was so well written and well done, that when it switched back to the relationship between Tal and Toby, it just felt really unnatural and rushed.
On the topic of rushing, I also felt that way about the ending. Although I do love a nice, short book, this was one that felt it could have gone on a little longer (or even an epilogue, I think an epilogue would have been PERFECT in this book). Basically, I just wanted a little glimpse into what was going to happen in the future. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like the ending as it was, because I did think it was wrapped up nicely for the moment the author did choose to end it, but I think with a little bit of insight into the future, it would have been a really great opportunity to see into the relationships between all the characters in the future.
If you are a fan of contemporaries, I would totally recommend to try this one out! I can see a ton of people really enjoying this one 🙂 Unfortuantely, it just wasn’t for me.
Here We Are Now releases on November 7th, 2017