“Now & When” by Sara Bennett Wealer

3/5 stars

               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.

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