Review of Now That You’re Here by Amy K. Nichols

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By: Amy K. Nichols
Release Date: December 9th 2014
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Print ARC
Source: Gifted by a friend

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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 first heard of Now That You’re Here recommended in a tweet from an author I adore. I immediately added this to my wish-list and sought how to get my hands on an arc. I loved the cover and summary and overall I found it to be an entertaining read though it lacked that extra little something that makes a book amazing.

I seem to have this problem with alternate universe books-I always want to love them but for some reason I can’t think of a single one that worked 100% for me. I honestly think it might be me as the problem rather than the books.

To this book specifically I found it to be a fast read though I didn’t really get behind the romance or the characters as well as I would have liked. Eevee, our main character, was likeable but I didn’t connect deeply with her. I did enjoy her parent’s strange living arrangement and thought that this added a very unique element to her character’s background. I also loved that Eevee was obsessed with fractals:

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I had a blast searching fractals and spending far too long staring at beautiful images. Back to Eevee-I loved that she had a hobby that she kept to herself and it was just another way for Nichols to add a layer of depth to her character. She did tend to fall into a typical ‘nerd’ stereotype as did her best friend, Warren.

I did appreciate that Nichols provided a relationship between the main character and her best friend. It is far too often I’ve read a book where the best friend seems like no friend at all. I was happy to see that though Warren and Eevee had their differences there was an underlining affection and understanding between the two of them.

This book does flip between two point of views, Eevee and Danny, the boy from the alternate universe. I think if Danny’s point of view wasn’t provided the story would have been far too confusing so I was happy to get insight into his thoughts. Danny was my favorite character in Now That You’re Here and I tended to enjoy his chapters the most. I liked watching him learn and cope with being flung into a world so similar to his own but different in some of the most important ways.

The romance was sweet though it didn’t have me swooning and it did take over the majority of the plot. We watch from both point of views as the two begin to fall for each other. If you like your science fiction with a hearty helping of cute romance then you’ll probably really enjoy this book.

I was most intrigued with the dimension Danny was from. Since it had a big brother vibe I wanted to read much more about why his world was the way it was. I imagine this will be explored in later books.

Final Thoughts:
Now That You’re Here was a cute alternate universe book that was nicely paced with likeable characters. Though it had these things going for it I still lacked a deep connection to the characters or their outcome and the book felt like it was missing that certain something that pushes a book into being wonderful. Sadly, I’ve been having a pretty bleh streak with alternate universe books this last year so it could have been a case of it’s me and not the book.

Comments

  1. says

    Aw, sad face. I’m sorry this book had issues for you sweetie. But happy you still enjoyed it 🙂 I haven’t heard of it before now, but don’t think I’ll read it :p Sounds like many things would annoy me, lol. And not connecting with the romance? That is all kinds of sad. Aw. Thank you for sharing and being honest Kristen. <3 You are awesome.

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