Book Thoughts: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

The first time I read Here We Are Now was during one lunchtime when I had sauteed mushrooms and steamed salmon and broccoli.

This book has been in my bookshelf for a year already, and I feel guilty for not having the time to read it (and I even started buying ebooks on Amazon Kindle). Now that I am more in control of my time, I made a routine where I can do the things I love doing, which includes reading. (I’ll write about this in another blog, and I’m excited to share with you how I got my shit together this 2019. Haha!) I read at least two chapters every weekday, and I swear . . . it gets more and more difficult to drop the book as I read further (but self-discipline is key).

It’s a funny thing how excitement, like hope, can feel a whole lot like fear.

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga is a young adult fiction novel that focuses on a young girl named Taliah. She has been writing letters to Julian Oliver, a member of the popular band Staring Into Abyss, whom she believed was her father. Taliah decided to stop after years of no reply until one day, Julian came to her doorsteps, telling her that he was indeed her father while insisting her to go on a trip to Oak Falls with him because her grandfather, whom she will first meet, was dying. Refusing to tell her mother about her trip, Taliah tries to uncover what happened between her parents while discovering herself as well.

No one puts an ocean between themselves and their home who isn’t wildly, madly in search for more.

The cover fooled me that the story will turn to something romantic, but it didn’t, although it had some kilig parts with a supporting character. It seemed a pretty fast move though, given that the two characters have met for five days (and yes, the whole grandfather dying thing is awkward).

The problem was that it seemed like I was never the one who changed. It seems like it’s harder to watch the people you love change and grow when you feel like you’re staying exactly the same. When you feel stuck.

What I loved about the book was how it portrayed change. It was very “human,” for lack of a better word. And it assured me that I wasn’t alone about thinking that change was oftentimes scary. Nonetheless, you have to face it, make decisions, and move forward to learn. In this aspect, I could relate to Taliah and Lena, Taliah’s mother.

I had no issues with the flashbacks concerning Julian and Lena; in fact, it was neatly told. But there were a few parts that I had to read twice since the scene kept jumping from Taliah’s thoughts to what was currently happening.

The ending left me confused, however, and the conflict felt unresolved. Maybe I had a different ending in mind, but overall, it was a good read.

Next read: This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

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