I Am Here Now

I Am Here Now Review

Set in the 1960s, Barbara Bottner's I Am Here Now is a beautiful novel in verse about one artist’s coming of age. It’s a heartbreaking, powerful and inspiring depiction of what it's like to shatter your life―and piece it all back together.

You can’t trust Life to give you decent parents, or beautiful eyes, a fine French accent or an outstanding flair for fashion. No, Life does what it wants. It’s sneaky as a thief.

Maisie's first day of High school should be exciting, but all she wants is to escape.

Her world is lonely and chaotic, with an abusive mother and a father who’s rarely there to help.

So when Maisie, who finds refuge in her art, meets the spirited Rachel and her mother, a painter, she catches a glimpse of a very different world―one full of life, creativity, and love―and latches on.

But as she discovers her strengths through Rachel’s family, Maisie, increasingly desperate, finds herself risking new friendships, and the very future she's searching for.

Title:I Am Here Now
Edition Language:English

Enjoy the book review !

    I Am Here Now Reviews

  • rayne ? [ IG: rayne.reads ]

    RTC. Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.instagram | blog | goodreads...

  • Kelly Hager

    OK, so the first thing you should know is that this is a hard book to read.Maisie is a teenage girl in the 1960s and her life is just as turbulent as the country as a whole. Her mom is awful and when ...

  • 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 Midnight1.5*This book was supposed to come out in May, but is now scheduled to publish in August. S...

  • Hillary

    Maisie is a Jewish girl growing up in the Bronx in the 1960’s with an abusive mother. What she wants is a boyfriend. But what she needs is a road out of her life. As Maisie discovers her own attract...

  • Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)

    *ARC Kindly provided by Macmillan/Imprint in exchange for an honest review*I Am Here Now is the first free verse book I’ve read after such a long time (it’s been years!). I forgot how it feels so ...

  • Sandy O'Brien

    “We never know who or what will rescue us, or how we will rescue ourselves.”A novel about Maisie a young girl coming of age in the Bronx during the 1960s. Maisie lives with her brother, absentee f...

  • Jennifer

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.I'm surprised at the lower average rating for this book. I found it poignant, honest, and real. I think the pr...

  • Anna

    Disclaimer: I received a DRC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I Am Here Now is a novel-in-verse, taking place in 1960-1961. The main character Maisie lives with her parents, but her mo...

  • Melanie Chartoff

    How I wish I Am Here Now was back there then. Old Adult that I now am, this young anti-heroine's journey is one to which I can relate, unlike the tales of sweet young things from my youth. Her story u...

  • ?

    *maybe more like a 3.5 but i'll let it sit there for nowI was given an arc through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewSo. That was definitely something. Yeah.I didn't know much about this going...