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For fans of Jenny Han and Christine Riccio comes a romantic dramedy about a teen girl who stumbles upon a mysterious website that tells her everything she doesn't want to know about her future. 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-tea For fans of Jenny Han and Christine Riccio comes a romantic dramedy about a teen girl who stumbles upon a mysterious website that tells her everything she doesn't want to know about her future. 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.


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For fans of Jenny Han and Christine Riccio comes a romantic dramedy about a teen girl who stumbles upon a mysterious website that tells her everything she doesn't want to know about her future. 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-tea For fans of Jenny Han and Christine Riccio comes a romantic dramedy about a teen girl who stumbles upon a mysterious website that tells her everything she doesn't want to know about her future. 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.

30 review for Now & When

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I wanted to enjoy this story with its creative potential, promising flash forward- frenemies- slow burn romance theme. I always keen on reading YA romance with supernatural vibes BUT... Here are my problems: When cheating is added to the equation, I lose my enthusiasm to read a love story. When a book has annoying, unlikable protagonists, I don’t like to read their romance story because I cannot relate with their feelings and I cannot empathize with their problems. The things I truly impressed was t I wanted to enjoy this story with its creative potential, promising flash forward- frenemies- slow burn romance theme. I always keen on reading YA romance with supernatural vibes BUT... Here are my problems: When cheating is added to the equation, I lose my enthusiasm to read a love story. When a book has annoying, unlikable protagonists, I don’t like to read their romance story because I cannot relate with their feelings and I cannot empathize with their problems. The things I truly impressed was the approach of the author to the sensitive issues including suicide attempts and mental health problems. The emotional process and the family’s bounding parts of the story were the strongest parts of the novel: just because of those effective, heartwarming and realistic parts, my negativity about the story lessened. I’m giving family drama, mental health and realistic approach of suicidal tendencies parts: 4 stars Romantic involvement between characters: 2 stars Average this is 3 solid starred- I didn’t hate it but I didn’t enjoy it kind of let’s meet in the middle of Switzerland graded book for me! I still like to read other works of the author. If there wasn’t any cheating in this story, I could have endured with quirky hero and heroine theme but that part killed the essence of fantastical premise for me. Special thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sharing this promising ARC with me in exchange my honest review. I wish I could enjoy it more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    human

    Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Now & When was certainly an interesting read. Minor unmarked spoilers ahead When Skylar Finch's phone starts sending her notifications, seemingly from a future high school reunion, showing pictures of her and Truman Alexander, the annoying class know-it-all, romantically involved, she knows she's got to do something to keep that future from coming true. After all, her life's perfect - she's got Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Now & When was certainly an interesting read. Minor unmarked spoilers ahead When Skylar Finch's phone starts sending her notifications, seemingly from a future high school reunion, showing pictures of her and Truman Alexander, the annoying class know-it-all, romantically involved, she knows she's got to do something to keep that future from coming true. After all, her life's perfect - she's got great friends, a sweet boyfriend, and things going for her the way she wants them to - right? As Skylar obsessively tries to change her future, she also messes with her present, learning to live in the now and let her actions take her to the future that's right for her. I disliked Skylar to some degree, along with her boyfriend, Eli, and her friend, Jordan (?). Skylar was all over the place when it came to her feelings on Truman, at times accepting what was growing between them, and other times refusing to see the kind of person Truman really was. I also disliked the whole "cheating" plotline, and how indecisive Skylar was regarding pretty much everything. The romance itself... just wasn't that great, and left me feeling it could have definitely been better. Conversely, I really liked the idea of the main character being able to look into the future and see how things changed with every action she took. I also liked the fact there was a fairly realistic approach and representation of mental health issues, the suicidal tendencies that sometimes accompany them, and the struggle of friends and family members to understand and help. Overall, I would recommend this to others who enjoy a pretty good contemporary romance, with a touch of paranormal.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Z

    Skyler is a high school junior with a perfectly sweet boyfriend Eli. Everything about Eli is perfect, he's kind, considerate and orchestrates the perfect promproposal. What more can a girl want? Then there is Truman, a boy Skyler absolutely loathes. She can't stand anything about him until something weird happens on her phone and she has a glimpse 11 years into her future which shows Skyler and Truman as married. As events unfurl in the present, the future is altered. It reminded me a bit of Bac Skyler is a high school junior with a perfectly sweet boyfriend Eli. Everything about Eli is perfect, he's kind, considerate and orchestrates the perfect promproposal. What more can a girl want? Then there is Truman, a boy Skyler absolutely loathes. She can't stand anything about him until something weird happens on her phone and she has a glimpse 11 years into her future which shows Skyler and Truman as married. As events unfurl in the present, the future is altered. It reminded me a bit of Back to the Future which is one of my favorite movies and it made me a bit nostalgic. The glimpses alter Skyler's behavior sometime leading to potential disasterous consequences in her future. The race is on the make the right changes to get her future on track. This is a light fun YA read. Thank you Random House Children's and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    Thank you Netgalley and Delacorte Press for providing an ARC of this book for an honest review. Now & When is a cute contemporary about Skylar Finch who gets a mysterious message on her phone. The mysterious message is a glimpse into her future and she see things that she does not like. As she tries to find ways to change her future she determines that things are just getting worse. There is triggers in this book for cheating and self harm. Thank you Netgalley and Delacorte Press for providing an ARC of this book for an honest review. Now & When is a cute contemporary about Skylar Finch who gets a mysterious message on her phone. The mysterious message is a glimpse into her future and she see things that she does not like. As she tries to find ways to change her future she determines that things are just getting worse. There is triggers in this book for cheating and self harm.

  5. 5 out of 5

    pageswithpayten

    Thank you NetGalley, Delacorte Press and Sara Bennett Wealer for gifting me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! First of all, let’s talk about this cover. I LOVED this cover. They say not to judge a book by it’s cover but I knew I wanted to read this just based on that. Then the synopsis totally pulled me in. I’m a sucker for a enemies-to-lovers troup. That being said I wasn’t blown away. I’ll start with the big one: unlikable protagonists are hard to read. The cheati Thank you NetGalley, Delacorte Press and Sara Bennett Wealer for gifting me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review! First of all, let’s talk about this cover. I LOVED this cover. They say not to judge a book by it’s cover but I knew I wanted to read this just based on that. Then the synopsis totally pulled me in. I’m a sucker for a enemies-to-lovers troup. That being said I wasn’t blown away. I’ll start with the big one: unlikable protagonists are hard to read. The cheating felt totally pointless, not that there is ever a point, and it just became a distraction while reading. I did like how the author handled some of those harder topics that authors usually avoid. *TRIGGER* Self hard, suicide* and mental health are topics that need to be handled with care and I though Sara Bennett Wealer did that perfectly!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    I loved the sound of this book based on the synopsis and the concept sounded really interesting. I was excited for the enemies-to-lovers and slow-burn romance aspects and I'm always captivated when authors play with time in their novels, so this story did have a lot of pieces that, to me, would make up a great read. I appreciate the book overall and the general idea of what it was trying to. However, I found the characters to not be very likable. Skylar, the main character, makes bad decisions a I loved the sound of this book based on the synopsis and the concept sounded really interesting. I was excited for the enemies-to-lovers and slow-burn romance aspects and I'm always captivated when authors play with time in their novels, so this story did have a lot of pieces that, to me, would make up a great read. I appreciate the book overall and the general idea of what it was trying to. However, I found the characters to not be very likable. Skylar, the main character, makes bad decisions as all teens in YA novels do. But I saw no character arc from her. She makes bad decisions, feels bad about them, and then continues to make poor decisions over and over again. I wish we had seen more self-improvement and growth in her character. Then, there was the whole cheating thing. This is easily my least favorite plotline included in any YA book. I just don't understand the necessity of it. Sure, it brings more drama to the book and it is an unfortunate part of real life that happens, but there are other ways to create drama and tension in novels and it's something I'd rather not read about. I can say that I did like Skylar's friend group and I like the unique magical realism concept. There were some emotional parts that were redeeming, but I just didn't connect with the book. I really wanted to enjoy this one and I'm sad that it wasn't for me. Thank you to Netgalley, Delacorte Press and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Skyler lived in the "now", and didn't worry too much about the future. When Skyler's cell phone showed her glimpse's of her ten year reunion, she became very concerned with acting now to prevent such things from becoming her reality. But, while trying to fix the future, she may have caused some serious problems in the present. I said it, when I featured this book back in April as my Can't Wait Wednesday pick, I was intrigued by the premise, but I was really coming for the promised hate-to-love r Skyler lived in the "now", and didn't worry too much about the future. When Skyler's cell phone showed her glimpse's of her ten year reunion, she became very concerned with acting now to prevent such things from becoming her reality. But, while trying to fix the future, she may have caused some serious problems in the present. I said it, when I featured this book back in April as my Can't Wait Wednesday pick, I was intrigued by the premise, but I was really coming for the promised hate-to-love romance, and I was not disappointed. Truman and Skyler had quite the rivalry. Their bickering and arguing became expected in their classes, but through the verbal sparring, it was easy to see an obvious spark. I liked these two, and the way they challenged each other, while having such differing goals. Truman was suffering through his present in order to ensure his future, while Skyler was sort of coasting, only worrying about the now. They helped each other meet in the middle, while also maybe realizing that they may have outgrown some of their plans. For me, the "magical" element played a small role, though I appreciated it as a creative way to get Skyler to start really looking at her life. What was more meaningful for me was the overall message, that life is about balance, and even if you have the best laid plans, your future may not match the one you envisioned. It's also about friendship, and working to foster those important relationships. And, it's about being true to yourself, spending your time and effort to achieve things that matter to you, not just to impress others. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I liked the idea of living in the now vs. planning for the future, and how sometimes things are out of our control, no matter how hard we try to follow a plan. I was also a fan of these two "enemies", and liked watching that tension turn into more. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    I love this idea and it's a cute read. The plot for this was so much fun, being able to see into the future using instagram is hilarious and a good way to relate to teens right now. Skylar is a pretty relatable character as well, she's not perfect and makes mistakes. She doesn't know what she wants and is struggling to juggle school, extracurriculars, and her friends. When she sees into the future and she's married to the guy she cannot stand, of course she has to try to change the future. I enj I love this idea and it's a cute read. The plot for this was so much fun, being able to see into the future using instagram is hilarious and a good way to relate to teens right now. Skylar is a pretty relatable character as well, she's not perfect and makes mistakes. She doesn't know what she wants and is struggling to juggle school, extracurriculars, and her friends. When she sees into the future and she's married to the guy she cannot stand, of course she has to try to change the future. I enjoyed Skylar and Truman's passion, whether they were fighting or kissing, they have great chemistry. The friendships in this were well done and I especially liked how Skylar and Jordan were trying to adapt to Harper after she was released from treatment. It's hard to know how to act and if you should tiptoe around them so you don't trigger anything. Harper had her ups and downs and was trying her best to recover and did a good job of showing her friends how to be an ally. The plot moved quickly and though I sometimes got frustrated with Skylar, I enjoyed the ride as she figured things out. This is a fun, entertaining read. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sónia

    I received this book from PRHInternational through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to read Now & When - enemies to lovers, slow burn ya romance where the main character sees into the future, I was game! Sadly I can’t say that I enjoyed it all that much. And here’s why: - Skyler is so overly dramatic and reads so much into people’s comments that it gets to a point that it’s ridiculous, even for a high schooler. She feels like everything people tell her is an attack on I received this book from PRHInternational through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to read Now & When - enemies to lovers, slow burn ya romance where the main character sees into the future, I was game! Sadly I can’t say that I enjoyed it all that much. And here’s why: - Skyler is so overly dramatic and reads so much into people’s comments that it gets to a point that it’s ridiculous, even for a high schooler. She feels like everything people tell her is an attack on her and her choices. She doesn’t accept or likes to hear any kind of advice or accept genuine help. It was very hard to find any relatable quality in her. - The relationship between Skyler and Truman became insta-lovey very early in the book. I was really hoping it’d be slow burn but it wasn’t. - The cheating. After it happened I just couldn’t even root for Skyler anymore. And then she decided to avoid going to school so she wouldn’t deal with the consequences of what she had done. - I feel that there was no need for the supernatural aspect of the story. It felt forced with the whole crap phone stuff too. However, I did think there were a couple of good things about the story. - How the author depicted the way the different families were affected by the job loss that plagued the town. The repercussions of it and how it affected te younger generation. - The way Harper’s depression is approached and depicted. I don’t think it was glamourised or taken lightly or dismissed and I believe that’s important to see in fiction. Maybe if you can overlook highly irritating MCs and cheating, you might enjoy this book, but unfortunately I can’t say that I did.

  10. 5 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    I love the cover a lot... so beautiful! But the story wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but at least the cover is super pretty? Skylar gets a glimpse of ten years in the future because of a website, showing her life heading in a different direction than she expected. Skylar becomes super obsessed with changing her future after she sees what could happen. She sees various events can lead to different outcomes, and she just spends all of her time trying to change the future. I thought this was cool but I love the cover a lot... so beautiful! But the story wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but at least the cover is super pretty? Skylar gets a glimpse of ten years in the future because of a website, showing her life heading in a different direction than she expected. Skylar becomes super obsessed with changing her future after she sees what could happen. She sees various events can lead to different outcomes, and she just spends all of her time trying to change the future. I thought this was cool but there was no explanation as to why she could see into the future and how she could have done more positive things, rather than all of the dumb things she did. Then this book has to decide to do the cheating thing. This was when I lost all interest. Cheating is never okay, and I could not get behind the relationship after this. Skylar and Truman just start making out one day, and it’s like not okay when she has a boyfriend. I don’t care if they are supposed to end up together in ten years, starting out with cheating makes it a big no and I lost all interest in caring about them after this. Skylar feels bad about the kiss, but she never does anything to change it. She just decides she is going to keep making bad choices? And then when she tells her boyfriend he’s okay and she just acts like it’s nothing, even hanging out with the guy she kissed. I don’t get why she doesn’t think about her choices better? I think this book would have been so much better had Skylar focus better on the future, trying to make better choices. She could have been working to help her best friend who had a cutting problem or just making better choices where she didn’t cheat on her boyfriend. Skylar just tries to change her future but she never like works to make herself better?? I just feel like she doesn’t really learn til the end, and she just acts like it’s no big deal. This book could have been good had it explained why she could See in the future, done more to work for a better future, and just not have cheated on her boyfriend. This book is not bad, but it’s just not great either.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I was really intrigued by the description for this book, and the writing definitely sucked me in. I think I struggled mostly because of the cheating plotline and the 'romance' happening too soon. I was really looking forward to a good enemies to lovers slow burn, but they both discovered their feelings way too soon and even the banter was a little lackluster for me. It was a quick read and I wanted to see how it ended, but I found most of the characters to be bland, and the ones that I was more I was really intrigued by the description for this book, and the writing definitely sucked me in. I think I struggled mostly because of the cheating plotline and the 'romance' happening too soon. I was really looking forward to a good enemies to lovers slow burn, but they both discovered their feelings way too soon and even the banter was a little lackluster for me. It was a quick read and I wanted to see how it ended, but I found most of the characters to be bland, and the ones that I was more interested in weren't developed as much as they could have been. I didn't hate this, but I also didn't love it. Thanks so much to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)

    *Received an ARC from publisher via The Nerd Daily in exchange for an honest review! Thank you!* RTC!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    This was different than I expected. I didn't think the glimpses of the future would be from their 10 year high school reunion! It was kind of a shock the first time I saw that. I didn't love that Skyler and Truman cheated on Skyler's boyfriend Eli, but I wasn't very invested in any relationship so it didn't bother me as much as it could have. I liked that Skyler had an established friendgroup - I really liked Harper, but Jordan did annoy me. Overall, an enjoyable read but not quite what I though This was different than I expected. I didn't think the glimpses of the future would be from their 10 year high school reunion! It was kind of a shock the first time I saw that. I didn't love that Skyler and Truman cheated on Skyler's boyfriend Eli, but I wasn't very invested in any relationship so it didn't bother me as much as it could have. I liked that Skyler had an established friendgroup - I really liked Harper, but Jordan did annoy me. Overall, an enjoyable read but not quite what I thought it was going to be. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    *Spoiler free, 2.75 stars* When I saw the cover reveal for this book, I was instantly drawn in. The characters looked dorky and adorable and the synopsis only upped my excitement. Enemies-to-lovers with a dash of seeing the future. It sounded like something different, but something I'd like to try! Trigger warnings: mentions of cutting, mentions of a suicide attempt, depression I hate saying I didn't love a book. But I didn't love this book. There were a lot of aspects that didn't really work for *Spoiler free, 2.75 stars* When I saw the cover reveal for this book, I was instantly drawn in. The characters looked dorky and adorable and the synopsis only upped my excitement. Enemies-to-lovers with a dash of seeing the future. It sounded like something different, but something I'd like to try! Trigger warnings: mentions of cutting, mentions of a suicide attempt, depression I hate saying I didn't love a book. But I didn't love this book. There were a lot of aspects that didn't really work for me and I found myself getting frustrated. I don't think it's an inherently bad book, I just think it didn't work for me. There was a cheating plotline, there were multiple times where going to a State College was called not ambitious enough, and a moment where weight gain was a symptom of a downward spiral/something bad. These were the three main things that really rubbed me the wrong way. I thought I just get them out of the way right off the top haha. The cheating plotline was where things really started to go downhill for me. First off, I do not like cheating plotlines at all. Just, I don't like them. On top of that, it seemed like there was no reason for the cheating (if there can ever be a reason)? Like, the story could have progressed just fine, maybe even better if this was never introduced. I felt like it threw so many things off. It jump started the romantic relationship when I think a slow burn could have evoked a lot more feeling. Speaking of it throwing things off, it also jump started the emotional pace of this book. I felt like it was all over the place. I didn't quite get what this book was trying to make me feel or what it was trying to do. Skyler is having all these emotions and trying to figure all these things out, but I felt like none of them ever came to furition. I also felt like she made some pretty bad choices and did some bad things, but they were never fully acknowledge. I felt like she didn't grow. All the aspects and all the challenges she faced were concluded in such an abstract way. I felt like there were no consequences or no acknowledgment that some of the things she did weren't really great. There was also other emotional plotlines and I thought they were done a bit better than Skyler's. But, they are also very much side plotlines. I also didn't feel very much towards them and a lot of time wasn't spent really digging into them. A few of them also had the weird abstract, not enough acknowledgment conclusions. I wanted more out of a lot of them. I thought there would be more build up, more saying "hey, I was acting wrong but I'm going to try to be better", but there was none of that. The seeing into the future part was kind of cool. It was interesting and I found myself wanting to know more and more about the website and how it was updating. I also liked how it kept changing with Skyler's action and how clearly they were connected and reflected. Another thing I liked was how, before they got really convoluted, and lot of the emotions seemed really true to life. They felt messy and all over the place, but in a good way. In a way that I could connect them to being human. But, they did end up travelling down a path I didn't particularly like, but I still did like them for a little bit! In the end, I just don't think I connected to this book. I didn't connect with the characters, so it was hard to be invested with what they were going through. There were multiple things that rubbed me the wrong way, so I got frustrated. I was frustrated, which made everything else even more frustrating. This book just didn't work for me. But that doesn't mean it won't work for you! If you think you'd like it, I urge you to give it a try!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    I received this ARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!, I absolutely loved this book. The book was about teenager named Skylar whose phone can see the future via instagram messages. She was not happy with the future especially when she learned that she was married to her nemesis Truman, so she tried to change it. I believe this book had a bit of magical realism. What happened was that every time she changed the present the future changed until she learn I received this ARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!, I absolutely loved this book. The book was about teenager named Skylar whose phone can see the future via instagram messages. She was not happy with the future especially when she learned that she was married to her nemesis Truman, so she tried to change it. I believe this book had a bit of magical realism. What happened was that every time she changed the present the future changed until she learned her lesson. The end result was beautiful. I loved Skylar and all her friends. I wanted more!!! Thank you for my copy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steff Pasciuti

    | Review on Reader Fox Blog | I have somewhat of a love / hate relationship with Sara Bennett Wealer's Now & When, which is incredibly ironic considering the fact that the book is about a hate to love romance. I took one look at the premise for this novel and just knew that I had to read it. The truth is that I can be a bit of a sucker for books like this. For me, Now & When hit some great markers that would make me absolutely fall in love with it. The unfortunate piece is that this book als | Review on Reader Fox Blog | I have somewhat of a love / hate relationship with Sara Bennett Wealer's Now & When, which is incredibly ironic considering the fact that the book is about a hate to love romance. I took one look at the premise for this novel and just knew that I had to read it. The truth is that I can be a bit of a sucker for books like this. For me, Now & When hit some great markers that would make me absolutely fall in love with it. The unfortunate piece is that this book also hit some markers for things that I would hate. Skylar pretty much has everything figured out, right down to the community college she is planning to attend in order to stay near her long-time boyfriend when they graduate.  With prom around the corner also comes the will they, won't they question of their first time. But everything in Skylar's perfect life is thrown into chaos when a strange app on her phone reveals that, ten years from now, she will be happily married to the one boy in school she just can't stand, her academic rival Truman Alexander. Everything bad about this book... ...is all Skylar's fault. The main plot? I love it. I'm so here for love / hate stories with futuristic themes. I love the idea of a character freaking out because she finds out that somewhere later on in her life she somehow falls for someone she hates. I'm definitely here for her trying to change it and bungling that all up entirely. Truman? He's an amazing character. He's realistically driven, incredibly smart, and just the right amount of stuck up that it's perfectly understandable why he and Skylar have such a hard time getting along. And he's actually very genuinely nice, which is something I was not expecting. That alone made me fall in love with his character incredibly quickly, a breath of fresh air among the cynical bad boy types we typically get in similar scenarios. The other characters? Amazing. Every one. They felt so much like real people. And the fact that Wealer has a character who is dealing with some very serious mental health issues was amazing to me. The subject was handled incredibly well, in my opinion, and felt very real. The character never felt like a caricature of depression or a plot device, either. And for that I truly do find this book impressive. But Skylar. Skylar is basically just an awful person. She was snooty and stuck up in the worst possible way. Every time she complained about Truman, a genuinely nice and likable character, I just got annoyed with her. And sure, I get that they were supposed to have a rivalry, but I never truly felt like her reasons for hating him were reasonable. She just kind of felt like an ass who couldn't get over minor slights. She's a teenager, so fine, I can cut her some slack here. But even then, Skylar is regularly awful to everyone around her. The funny thing is that everyone ends up calling her on her shit and she still continues to screw up all over the place. The most egregious of which involves some good old cheating for absolutely no reason whatsoever. I'm sorry, but the cheating plot was so unnecessary. It created a ridiculous bit of drama that the book did not need and ultimately hurt my ability to like Skylar as a character at all. Nevermind that the cheating also expedited Skylar realizing she might have feelings for Truman in an unrealistic way that utterly messed with the pacing of the story. I didn't feel like this was the slow burn romance it was supposed to be entirely because Skylar had this weird moment of lust that she couldn't reign in. And for what reason? Ugh, I honestly don't know. Then comes a whole slew of more moments for Skylar to be an awful human being because she has to figure out what to do about the cheating. Yay? I feel like a lot of this could've been solved by not giving her an unnecessary boyfriend in the first place. Especially since his involvement in the story was basically nill. The boyfriend, ultimately, actually was used as a plot device. And a horrible one, at that. He all but disappears after they break up, which I guess makes sense in the grand scheme of things but it also just led to Skylar seeming like an awful human being...again. Here's the thing. Despite having one of the worst leading main characters that I've ever read, I did thoroughly enjoy reading this book. It's for that fact alone that I've rated it as high as I have. Chauk it up to Truman being wonderful, my love of Skylar's friend, Harper, or just the general plot and writing from the book but I had a good time reading this. It was a book that was hard to put down. Do I still hate Skylar? You bet. But yeah, the book isn't bad. It was a fun read in the end. I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. | Instagram | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Bloglovin’ | Facebook |

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* I found this to be quite the adorable book! Upfront, I will tell you that people have been and will be irked by some cheating. And without going into it too deeply, I'll be quite clear that it didn't bother me. Look, I am not saying that cheating is awesome, or the right thing to do, but humans make mistakes. And I think this book illustrated that it isn't a great plan, the character You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* I found this to be quite the adorable book! Upfront, I will tell you that people have been and will be irked by some cheating. And without going into it too deeply, I'll be quite clear that it didn't bother me. Look, I am not saying that cheating is awesome, or the right thing to do, but humans make mistakes. And I think this book illustrated that it isn't a great plan, the character felt terrible, apologized, and moved on. Actually, I lied, I am going to delve deeper. Here's my thing: Skylar is a young woman who always wants to be perfect. And she makes a mistake clearly. But I seriously want to find someone who hasn't made a poor choice, or a decision they regretted, or felt bad about. Because we all have. And saying "well she sucks" because of an indiscretion? What message does that send? I will probably post about this more in depth and move along, but those are my two cents. Beyond that, the book is just plain fun. I mean, an Instagram link on a glitchy phone that shows you your future photos? So clever! And I worried that it could be either adorable or hokey, and luckily it was adorable. And it brings up so many questions! Would you want to know your future? What would you do with this information? And it isn't only a romance! The book focuses mostly on Skylar and her friends growing and changing and trying to decipher who they want to be. There's also a focus on mental health, as one of Skylar's best friends has been struggling. I liked that the author provides a lot of discussion, and portrays it as a great learning moment for Skylar to understand and support her friend appropriately. Skylar also has to navigate family issues as well as general coming-of-age decisions. Bottom Line: While it's packaged as a enemies-to-lovers romance (and that is accurate), it's also so much more. It's a story about a young woman figuring out who she is and who she wants to become, with an enjoyable romance in the mix.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shar // sunsnacksseries

    Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children’s/ Delacorte Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. I was incredibly intrigued by the magical realism. The main character, Skyler, can suddenly see 11 years into the future. Once she notices she ends up with Truman, a guy she can't stand, she's determined to change her fate. Except as she tries to make things better, things keep getting worse. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I liked how the story shows that every actio Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children’s/ Delacorte Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. I was incredibly intrigued by the magical realism. The main character, Skyler, can suddenly see 11 years into the future. Once she notices she ends up with Truman, a guy she can't stand, she's determined to change her fate. Except as she tries to make things better, things keep getting worse. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I liked how the story shows that every action has a counter-action. I enjoyed the plot idea, and I really liked Truman. Skyler, the MC, had a lot of personal growth as a character, but I wasn't the biggest fan of her. There's also a cheating plot-line, which I felt could have been left out and the story would have been just fine. Overall, it was still an enjoyable YA story. It just didn't sweep me off my feet like I hoped it would. I wish I could have connected a bit more to the characters. But I will say, the cover is GORGEOUS.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Xiomara

    3.5 Review to come

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thuanhnguyen

    I really wanted to love this book, but I have mixed feelings about it. I was intrigued by its gimmick of looking into the future, but it turned out to be just a gimmick. The main character does not seem to learn any lessons in this book until the very end. She's self-absorbed and makes destructive decisions. Her love interest, Truman, is too good for her. He is smart, thoughtful, and going places. She seems to just bring him down. I appreciate what the author is trying to do here, but the book s I really wanted to love this book, but I have mixed feelings about it. I was intrigued by its gimmick of looking into the future, but it turned out to be just a gimmick. The main character does not seem to learn any lessons in this book until the very end. She's self-absorbed and makes destructive decisions. Her love interest, Truman, is too good for her. He is smart, thoughtful, and going places. She seems to just bring him down. I appreciate what the author is trying to do here, but the book seems to try to be many things. There's a story here about a suicidal teen as well, and I don't think it's handled with as much complexity as it could/should be. I can see the author TRYING, but because the main character is so so so self-involved, the story with the suicidal teen does not get enough attention. In the author note's I read that she an editor considered it a rom-com. For me, there is very little comedy in this book. The romance is there, sure, but it happens quite suddenly from hate to love, and I can't figure out what Truman loves about Skyler. I'm not even sure Skyler knows what Truman loves about her. I really tried. I tried so hard with this book, but it just didn't do it for me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Content warning: (view spoiler)[suicide and attempted suicide by a person with depression (hide spoiler)] Now & When falls into one of my favorite subgenres of romance, a specific sub-sub-genre of hate to love that is rivals falling in love. This one was not my favorite personally, but admittedly it comes on the heels of me watching Never Have I Ever and Today Tonight Tomorrow, both of which do that trope so well, leaving Now & When a smidge disappointing. That said, I did like reading this. I rea Content warning: (view spoiler)[suicide and attempted suicide by a person with depression (hide spoiler)] Now & When falls into one of my favorite subgenres of romance, a specific sub-sub-genre of hate to love that is rivals falling in love. This one was not my favorite personally, but admittedly it comes on the heels of me watching Never Have I Ever and Today Tonight Tomorrow, both of which do that trope so well, leaving Now & When a smidge disappointing. That said, I did like reading this. I read it all in one day, which is always an awesome thing. The writing's engaging, and there's some great banter at times. Based off of this book, I definitely want to read more books by Wealer, even if this one didn't totally blow me away. Skyler's voice and the rivalry hooked me, and I had fun pretty consistently. The downside of the book for me was the central plot element of Skyler's malfunctioning phone which doesn't work in the present but does work accurately for anything related to their ten year reunion. While this conceit did make the pace quick and have me reading on to see how Skyler would react, it also proved frustrating watching Skyler do ridiculous things in an effort to subvert the future shown by the magic phone. Aspects of what she did and felt about what she saw were, to me, a bit problematic. The major thing for me was the treatment of her friend Harper, who has depression and has attempted suicide in the past. Harper's decisions seem to control whether Harper will survive or die by suicide; there are definite attempts by other characters to convince Skyler this idea is bullshit, but the idea does seem reinforced by the structure of the novel unfortunately. I also found Harper's negative reactions to being a housewife demeaning; I mean, it's the last thing I'd want to be, but I don't like kids, and for Skyler it seems to be about that being an inferior role, which is a shitty attitude. The romance between Truman and Skyler would have worked perfectly for me if (view spoiler)[Skyler hadn't still been dating someone else for the first few times they hooked up (hide spoiler)] . Sometimes I can deal with (view spoiler)[cheating (hide spoiler)] in YA relationships, but it was so hard to connect with Eli's character, so it really all felt like it was added for drama, rather than to really deal with complicated emotions. In some ways, this was really cute and fun. For me, it was just an okay read because it came on the heels of some really amazing stories that took on the same trope fairly similarly but imo better. If you haven't read one of these in a while or like the window-to-the-future-phone idea, then I'd still say it's worth a shot.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Now & When is a YA with a unique storyline, and I was immediately intrigued by it. Skylar and Truman are both high school juniors, and can't stand each other. In class they heatedly discuss topics and away from the classroom the arguing continues. She is in a stable relationship with her boyfriend, and while her home life isn't perfect after her dad lost his job, things are okay. That is until she gets a random Instagram message that seemingly comes from the future, and scariest of all: In said Now & When is a YA with a unique storyline, and I was immediately intrigued by it. Skylar and Truman are both high school juniors, and can't stand each other. In class they heatedly discuss topics and away from the classroom the arguing continues. She is in a stable relationship with her boyfriend, and while her home life isn't perfect after her dad lost his job, things are okay. That is until she gets a random Instagram message that seemingly comes from the future, and scariest of all: In said future she is married to Truman. Skylar becomes obsessed with changing her fate, and without realizing, starts messing with not only her own future, but the people around her. Things fall out of control, but the closer she gets to Truman, the more Skylar sees why her future self may have fallen for him. I love the slow burn romance aspect of the story. Truman is a mixture of Seth Cohen from The OC and Ben Gross from Never Have I Ever and I am here for it. While I'm not a fan of the name, I enjoy an intelligent and caring hero with a side of nerdiness. Skylar isn't really one of the popular girls, but she is definitely driven by popularity as are a lot of high schoolers. She is still trying to figure out who she is and how to get there. There is a little of cheating happening, but considering that this is between teenagers and doesn't go further than kissing, it didn't bother me too much. Maybe it was just that I really didn't care about Eli and Skylar's relationship. The book also touches on mental health and self harm, which is so so important. I do wish Skylar's friendship with Harper would have been less secondary. I think this whole situation could have had the potential to really matter, but instead it feels like the suicide attempt gets almost brushed under the table. Overall I enjoyed the uniqueness of the story, but am left with a few questions after finishing. I wish we would've gotten some sort of epilogue. After the whole story is very much about what happens in the future, we don't get answers. What happens? Did the predictions come true? Who sent the messages from the future and why? Why does no one try to figure out the mystery behind the messages? I just think if I'd get messages from the future, I would start to investigate what prompted them and not just solely focus on who I supposedly end up with. I received a free advanced copy from the author/ publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to read this book for two main reasons: the synopsis sounded promising and I really liked the cover. However, this book wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be. Skyler is just an ordinary high school girl. She loves her friends, she struggles with math class, and she’s looking forward to prom. However, Skyler has an archnemesis named Truman. As far as she’s concerned, he’s arrogant, irritating, and obnoxious. That’s wh I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to read this book for two main reasons: the synopsis sounded promising and I really liked the cover. However, this book wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be. Skyler is just an ordinary high school girl. She loves her friends, she struggles with math class, and she’s looking forward to prom. However, Skyler has an archnemesis named Truman. As far as she’s concerned, he’s arrogant, irritating, and obnoxious. That’s why she’s absolutely horrified when she starts getting notifications on her phone that don’t make much sense. Somehow, she’s seeing the future… and it appears to be a future where she and Truman are together. Going into this book, I was expecting a good enemies-to-lovers thing and possibly a slow burn romance. I was wrong. Without spoiling anything, there’s some cheating (I hate reading books with a cheating plotline) and a whole lot of arguing. I never really got attached to any of the characters, and I felt like so many issues weren’t really addressed or resolved. Also, the romance felt extremely rushed and I did not see the need for cheating to be involved in the plot. There were some parts of the book that I liked. First of all, I did like the whole concept of getting notifications from the future. I also liked how it kept changing based on the actions taking place in the present. I also liked hearing Skyler and Truman debate in class. While the arguing eventually got rather annoying by the end of the book, I liked reading about their different perceptions on the classics while they bored the rest of their class to tears. Ultimately, this book had a good concept that was lacking as far as character development goes. I also would’ve liked more of the issues to be properly resolved or at least addressed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aundreya

    What would you do if you had access to see your future? Would you take every chance to check it? Even correct it? Skylar is a junior in high school surrounded by her two best friends, Harper and Jordan, and her dreamy popular boyfriend Eli. Wanting to check out social media a the prom proposals, she receives a message from Jordan, only its from a class reunion site 11 years in the future. After navigating the site, Sky's future is everything she DOESNT want to happen, including married to her neme What would you do if you had access to see your future? Would you take every chance to check it? Even correct it? Skylar is a junior in high school surrounded by her two best friends, Harper and Jordan, and her dreamy popular boyfriend Eli. Wanting to check out social media a the prom proposals, she receives a message from Jordan, only its from a class reunion site 11 years in the future. After navigating the site, Sky's future is everything she DOESNT want to happen, including married to her nemesis Truman. But every chance Skylar takes to correct and set her future in the right direction leads to worse and worse results! Correcting and overcorrecting, Skyler is losing control of not only her future but her present. This novel was interesting and nothing like I've read before. I found myself frustrated with every single character at one point in time and did not love how Skylar treats her friends, family, and Truman. I know its YA so as a young woman we all go through growth, but it was a little much for me. I will say there are some trigger warnings, talk of cutting and suicide. The author also touches on learning disabilities like dyslexia which I found very interesting Truman was the most interesting character. He was obnoxiously smart, but sweet and internal struggling with what he wanted to be and who his family wanted to be. I think the story had good bones but needed just a little bit more relationship growth or character development for us to feel connected to them. Even finishing with an epilogue of what DID happen in 10 years. I was living for that ending that never happened, Not quite a 3 star for me but rounded up.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Plath

    Now & When is a lovely YA contemporary romance with a magical twist. When Skylar's crummy cell phone starts showing her glimpses of her future, a future where she is married to her arch-nemesis, Truman Alexander, instead of her perfect boyfriend, she is naturally freaked out. She starts doing everything she can to stop that from happening, but she soon finds out that every action has consequences, and not just for her own future. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was witty, the characters Now & When is a lovely YA contemporary romance with a magical twist. When Skylar's crummy cell phone starts showing her glimpses of her future, a future where she is married to her arch-nemesis, Truman Alexander, instead of her perfect boyfriend, she is naturally freaked out. She starts doing everything she can to stop that from happening, but she soon finds out that every action has consequences, and not just for her own future. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was witty, the characters loveable and real, and it handled a bunch of issues ranging from school and prom to serious mental health struggles. I found Skylar to be a very relatable narrator and her anxiety about her future, enhanced by glimpses of the possibilities, is universal. I really appreciated the friendship she had with her best friends, Harper and Jordan. All three girls had such distinctive personalities and they were supportive of each other, even when things got tough. Truman was a different sort of love interest than you typically see in YA and he was very endearing. Hate to love romances always have a great heat behind them, and while I did like their relationship and chemistry a lot, I could have used a bit more of the build-up. I loved the idea of there being a mystical force at work through Skylar's phone, and it made for a great plot and transformative character arcs. I do wish that the climax and ending were a bit more dramatic and revealing, but overall I was left with my heart warmed and feeling thoroughly entertained. This book was a quick and poignant read that any YA contemporary fans would enjoy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 Stars Skyler Finch has loathed the condescending and pretentious Truman Alexander since middle school, so when her phone starts showing her glimpses of her future in the form of social media updates she is aghast to find that somehow they wind up married. Even more confusing is how happy they look in those photos. Desperate to either prove that this is all some big prank or prevent it from happening she begins to obsessively check the website and realizes that her seemingly simple actions are 3.5 Stars Skyler Finch has loathed the condescending and pretentious Truman Alexander since middle school, so when her phone starts showing her glimpses of her future in the form of social media updates she is aghast to find that somehow they wind up married. Even more confusing is how happy they look in those photos. Desperate to either prove that this is all some big prank or prevent it from happening she begins to obsessively check the website and realizes that her seemingly simple actions are affecting the future already. But the more she tries to change things, the more bleak the updates become and soon she finds herself wishing she had never meddled at all. Especially since discovering that maybe there is more to Truman than his incessant ability to get under her skin. Now and When is a unique spin on the typical YA Rom-Dramedy. I loved the way that the author seamlessly integrated glimpses of the future with the realities of the present, and how although its kind of a fantastical premise it never felt outside the realm of possibility. It is really well written. The book does also touch upon some pretty serious issues, including some that could be potentially triggering, namely depression and attempted suicide, so keep that in mind before picking this one up. I do feel like they were handled really authentically and added to the story without relying on the taboo/shock factor. Thanks to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fallon

    I read this book in just a few hours. It was a fun adorable read. Skyler gets this link that shows her what her future looks like. Pictures of her with the boy she can't stand. The problem is Skyler is obsessed with checking this site. Every decisions she makes changes her future. Even though what she thought she didn't want for her future, she starts to realize there are worse things. Every time Skylar tries to change or help friends to better their future she makes things worse. This was a gre I read this book in just a few hours. It was a fun adorable read. Skyler gets this link that shows her what her future looks like. Pictures of her with the boy she can't stand. The problem is Skyler is obsessed with checking this site. Every decisions she makes changes her future. Even though what she thought she didn't want for her future, she starts to realize there are worse things. Every time Skylar tries to change or help friends to better their future she makes things worse. This was a great way of showing that sometimes the best thing to do is enjoy the moment you are living in. It is ok to plan the future but don't live only for your future because you never know when your time is up. This was done in a fun light way with swoon and snarky banter throughout. If you like the love to hate trope this is a read to add to your to be read list. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 Stars Skyler Finch has loathed the condescending and pretentious Truman Alexander since middle school, so when her phone starts showing her glimpses of her future in the form of social media updates she is aghast to find that somehow they wind up married. Even more confusing is how happy they look in those photos. Desperate to either prove that this is all some big prank or prevent it from happening she begins to obsessively check the website and realizes that her seemingly simple actions are 3.5 Stars Skyler Finch has loathed the condescending and pretentious Truman Alexander since middle school, so when her phone starts showing her glimpses of her future in the form of social media updates she is aghast to find that somehow they wind up married. Even more confusing is how happy they look in those photos. Desperate to either prove that this is all some big prank or prevent it from happening she begins to obsessively check the website and realizes that her seemingly simple actions are affecting the future already. But the more she tries to change things, the more bleak the updates become and soon she finds herself wishing she had never meddled at all. Especially since discovering that maybe there is more to Truman than his incessant ability to get under her skin. Now and When is a unique spin on the typical YA Rom-Dramedy. I loved the way that the author seamlessly integrated glimpses of the future with the realities of the present, and how although its kind of a fantastical premise it never felt outside the realm of possibility. It is really well written. The book does also touch upon some pretty serious issues, including some that could be potentially triggering, namely depression and attempted suicide, so keep that in mind before picking this one up. I do feel like they were handled really authentically and added to the story without relying on the taboo/shock factor. Thanks to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Skyler is perfectly happy; she's a junior in high school that has 2 best friends and a popular boyfriend who just asked her to prom in the cutest possible way. But then she receives an invitation to join a reunion website, where she sees pictures of her and her classmates, all approximately 11 years older, at their 10 year class reunion. What's particularly interesting is that she sees herself positioned VERY closely to her current nemesis in these pictures...and they're both wearing wedding rin Skyler is perfectly happy; she's a junior in high school that has 2 best friends and a popular boyfriend who just asked her to prom in the cutest possible way. But then she receives an invitation to join a reunion website, where she sees pictures of her and her classmates, all approximately 11 years older, at their 10 year class reunion. What's particularly interesting is that she sees herself positioned VERY closely to her current nemesis in these pictures...and they're both wearing wedding rings. Skyler tries everything she can to avoid that future, but every decision she makes seems to change the future she sees on the reunion website - but not for the better. I loved the concept of this book, and I thought it was a very cute, a little bit romantic, story. My only complaint is that the reunion site is never fully explained - I would have liked to know how exactly Skyler got access to a website from the future! But that small missing piece didn't make the story any less enjoyable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    jesse

    skyler, our female protagonist likes to go the path of least resistance, coasting along. but when she starts to get information of how her and her friends' future is impacted by the decisions she makes, skyler realises that she wants to change things for the better. her arch-nemesis truman is one piece of the puzzle. some really nice and at times moving moments between friends and frenemies. i needed some time to get accustomed to the author's writing style which isn't really my cup of tea. i lik skyler, our female protagonist likes to go the path of least resistance, coasting along. but when she starts to get information of how her and her friends' future is impacted by the decisions she makes, skyler realises that she wants to change things for the better. her arch-nemesis truman is one piece of the puzzle. some really nice and at times moving moments between friends and frenemies. i needed some time to get accustomed to the author's writing style which isn't really my cup of tea. i liked how things were left ambiguous at the end, - i think the author wrapped things up nicely because things are never quite clear-cut. life can be confusing and messy. in fact, people are confusing and messy.

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