Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Here We Are Now

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 homet...

Details Here We Are Now

TitleHere We Are Now
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Here We Are Now

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    To be clear: three stars is a fairly positive rating for me. I think this will work for a lot of readers. It's deep and meaningful in all the right ways that can touch your soul. It's also still an arc version, and with a few aspects improved, I have no doubt many will fall in love. It just wasn't for me. The book suffers here from an issue I like to call TMHTLD: too much happening, too little development. For example, one theme in this book is J...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    It felt like thousands of question marks were floating in the air, and instead of grabbing them out of the air and shaking them for answers, we were simply accepting the uncertainty of the moment. This was actually a 3.5 star read for me, but the more I pondered it over the two-day span between finishing it and reviewing it, I realized it wasn't quite remarkable enough for me to round up.Here We Are Now tells the story of Taliah, a biracial white...
  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a contemporary story about a girl whose absent rock-star father turned up on her doorstep asking her to meet her dying grandfather.Taliah was a great character, and I understood her nervousness and anxiety when her rock-star father who she had never met turned up on her doorstep. I also got why it seemed a little strange to be saying goodbye to a gr...
  • Krista Regester
    Things I enjoyed about Here We Are Now-The diversity-The cover!-The unique names - I mean come on.. Harlow? Taliah? Lena? Perfect!-The references to musical artists-The feminist vibes -The idea of your long lost father turning out to be a famous rock star god-The flashbacks! They were extremely well done and honestly the best part about the book.Things I didn't enjoy so much-How immature Taliah was. It seemed like every single person had more lif...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    *sighs* I was going to give his 3 stars if it weren't for the last pages. Just barely. But we'll get to that.Story? Taliah’s mom always told her his dad was dead. But at some point she started wondering if this super star rock musician might be her dad? (I know, but her explanations actually make sense!) So it turns out he is, and he wants to take her to see her granddad before he passes away. Her mom is conveniently in Paris, so Taliah jumps i...
  • Chelsea
    Mini Review: I adored Jasmine Warga's My Heart and Other Black Holes, so I was eagerly anticipating this one. While it is only a 3 1/2 star read for me, it is pretty well written and a solid YA contemporary novel. The writing was sometimes a little too on the nose with references and perhaps a little too quirky, such as these very unrealistic letters that I could never imagine someone sending. I will point out that this book features a lot of div...
  • I read novels
    Some people show up on your door step who you never expect. For Taliah her rock star dad turns up out of the blue. After Taliah had found her mother's shoe box with clippings of her dad in a rock band she had secretly been writing letters to him asking if Julian Oliver was her father. I quite enjoyed reading this story about family and friendship.
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    3.25 Stars “But I believe strongly that we all have multiple versions of ourselves. And the true test of love is learning to accept all of those versions, even when it’s messy.Actually, especially when it’s messy.” I LOVE family-centric contemporary stories. They are so easy for me to get invested in and I love seeing the relationships form and evolve. I just love them so much. Here We Are Now was a really good family centric contempora...
  • Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
    Review soon.
  • Brooke
    Warga's debut, MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES was one of my favorite reads of 2016. Yes, it is by no means perfect but I rated it 5* because it gave me all the feels. Anxiously awaiting her next release, I kept refreshing my library catalog waiting to be the first to put a hold on it. Perhaps I had too high of expectations...or maybe I've grown as a reader & demand more of my books now. Either way, this was a disappointing sophomore slump. Warga'...
  • Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
    4.5Honestly, when I first read the synopsis for Here We Are Now, I didn't know whether I would like it or not. However, since it's written by Jasmine Warga, I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad that it's so much more than what I expected, and I'm happy that I didn't brush it off like I had originally planned. Here We Are Now is told in alternating chapters between Tal's story, and her parents' (Lena and Julain's) story. The more we get to k...
  • Justine
    And I reach a place similar to that myself. A place with lots of unknowns but somehow okay..." It was a such sweet read; about being lost, discovering oneself, acceptance, forgiveness and of course our universal language love.And lastly, I adore how Jasmine Warga ends her novel! So far a 2/2 for me.
  • Jenna
    This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews.Thanks to HarperCollins for providing a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.The best word that I can use to describe Here We Are Now is 'disappointing'. I absolutely loved Jasmine Warga's debut novel, My Heart and Other Black Holes, and was highly anticipating this second novel. Sadly, it failed to hit the emotional heights of her debut novel and didn't reall...
  • Kiki Cole
    Here We Are Now was a phenomenal story about family, acceptance, and love. I would say that I enjoyed this one so much more than My Heart and Other Black Holes. The transition between the past and present was beautifully organized and I found myself almost crying at certain parts. While reading this, I listened to some music and it made the whole experience come alive because music is a major theme within this book in my opinion. One thing I have...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    Julian Oliver is a famous rock star. He has fans all across the globe, has numerous magazine spreads and one day he turns up on Taliah Abdallat's doorstep, confirming Tal's theory that he is in fact her father Don't make a Star Wars joke, don't make a Star Wars jokeNot only does he drop the dad bombshell, he also tells Taliah that his dad is dying, and Julian wants her to go on a trip with him to say goodbye to the grandad she never got the chanc...
  • Ashvin
    (ARC Review) Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga Disclaimer: I received this ARC published by Harper Collins courtesy of Kinokuniya Malaysia in exchange for my honest review.Here We Are Now is a story centered on Taliah Sahar Abdallat, a 16-year-old who lives and breathes music. She grew up with her very-secretive-about-her-past mother, Lena, who won’t say a word about who her dad really was. But when Tal finds a shoebox filled with old letters fr...
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.Taliah Sahar Abdallat loves music. It helps ease the pain of never having known her father. Her secretive mother, who was born in Jordan, won't say a word about her past and who Taliah's father is. When Taliah finds an old shoebox filled with letters from rock star Julian Oliver to her mother, she pieces it together. Her father in Julian Oliver. Rockstar. She attempts to contact...
  • Andrew
    4.5 stars ***I read an ARC of this book through work***There's two stories happening at once in this story; Taliah meeting her father and going on a quick road trip with him to meet her dying grandfather, and the backstory of how he and her mother met, how their relationship came to be, and how it unraveled.I was so invested in Julian and Lena's relationship (Taliah's parents). Their struggles felt relatable and close to me. I love their love, an...
  • Luke Reynolds
    ARC Review (9/22/17, received from Sarah Prineas)"Jasmine Warga’s newest tells the story of the secrets families hide in a simple yet breathtaking way."My full review for Here We Are Now is up on my school newspaper's website.After Reading:I adored this simple yet heartfelt and beautiful book. That's it for now.I'm hoping to write my thoughts out in the ARC tomorrow morning with a full review to come soon. I'll see if I can get this in the prin...
  • Sam Kozbial
    A family focused story, which was quite heartfelt at times, while exploring a myriad of themes. I feel like this is a hybrid story, as half the story is told present day, and half is flashbacks recounting Tal's parents' relationship, which all contribute to Tal learning more about herself. •Pro: I liked the growth that Taliah experienced over the course of the book. She was living a very insular life, and she was slowly learning to open herself...
  • Grace
    SPOILER-FREE REVIEW IS UP ON MY CHANNEL: Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsNOTE: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review by Date a Book/Hachette Australia. All my thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!I had very little expectations going into it, but I was definitely blown away! This is definitely one of my favourite contemporary YA books ever!
  • Isabel Tavares
    We are here now. Together. We should be happy. 3.5 I think this could have easily been a 5 star novel if the pacing had been well developed. Everything just happened at once and I think there could have been more character development.The issues were resolved too easily for me and the initial decision of going on a roadtrip with a stranger didn't sit well for me.I loved the writing and Taliah was a very interesting character to read from. I am de...
  • Gaby
    Here We Are Now is the story of a teenager finding out her father is a rockstar when he literally shows up on her doorstep, owns up to it, and take her (without her mother knowing) on a road trip to meet her dying grandfather. But it's not really about the drama and angst of all of that. It's really a story of family, friends, (really great) music, being far from home (Lena's mother immigrated to the US from Jordan), and carefully trying to find ...
  • Hannah Martian
    It's a rare book that keeps you enraptured all the way from the first words to the past--HERE WE ARE NOW was one of those books. I loved the characters, the plot, the setting, the emotion. Jasmine Warga did such a tremendous job weaving so many different plot lines together harmoniously. Get this on your TBRs as soon as possible.*I was provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review as a part of a program I participate in with my local indi...
  • Jory
    3.5 -- I wanted this book to be twice as long. It felt like it had just scratched the surface when I turned to the last page. But really like Jasmine Warga's characters (in this case, Taliah and her mom, Lena, and her newfound father, rockstar Julian Oliver.) The switching of narratives between Tal's and then Lena/Julian's left both stories feeling not fully finished. And am always happy when there are Arab American characters (Lena is from Amman...
  • Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions)
    I feel like it's fitting that this was my last read for this year because happy endings and new beginnings and all that. My heart is full.
  • Joanna Marie
    my first jasmine warga book and i have fallen deeply in love with her writing. it's simple, spontaneous, and beautiful!