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Now & When

Sara Bennett Wealer
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

About This Book

There's something about Truman Alexander that Skyler Finch finds incredibly annoying. Actually, several things: his voice (grating), his arrogance (total know-it-all), his debate-team obsession (eyeroll), and his preppy vibe (does he iron his shorts?). She does her best to avoid him and focus on the important stuff: friends, school, and her boyfriend, Eli. His promposal was perfect--just like he is--and the future is looking bright. Or is it? For some unexplainable reason, Skylar's phone is sending her notifications from the future . . . a future in which, to her horror, she appears to be with Truman. As in, romantically. As in, Skyler cannot let that happen. But trying to change the future means messing up the present, and what Skyler sees keeps shifting. Classmates disappear and reappear, swap partners and futures. Turns out there are no actions without reactions, and life doesn't come with a road map. But sometimes the wandering leads you exactly where you need to be, and people--like glitchy phones--are full of surprises.

Reviews

Eliana Z.

3

Mixed feelings about it

I don't know how to feel about this book. It was really compelling but it was hard to enjoy a book when the protagonists are simply unlikeable. I wasn’t here for the romance so it didn’t let me down too bad when the romance itself was not that great, but if you want a romance-centered read, this book is probably not for you. Skylar is repeatedly contradictory regarding her feelings about Truman and is very indecisive. These perspectives are not endearing in the slightest and made it difficult to root for her. Aside from that, I really like the concepts explored in the book. I have always been curious about predicting how actions influence the future, and I find it really charming how the main character can see how things changed every time she did something. This book also handled subjects like mental health realistically. It felt very fleshed out and it explored how loved ones might struggle to understand these issues but would want to help at the same time. Furthermore, the famed enemies-to-lovers trope makes a glorious appearance here, so even though the timing of the romance seemed a bit off at places, people who like paranormal romance might like this book. Despite having not liked Skyler much, I liked Skyler and Truman’s dynamics. They balanced each other out and made each other grow as people. Skyler lived in the moment and didn’t think much about future consequences while Truman kept living for the future. That was a fascinating and constructive relationship! In the end, this book was alright. Skyler's character really dulled the experience for me, but maybe it won't be like that for other people.

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