Sunday, May 19, 2024

Right Here, Right Now by Shannon Dunlap - OPTIONAL

Right Here, Right Now
by Shannon Dunlap,
  288 pages. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2024. $19

Language: R (52 swears, 17 'f'); Mature Content: PG-13 (drugs and smoking); Violence: PG (death)



Anna and Elise have been friends since they were very young. Now in high school, Elise annoys Anna because of her carelessness while Anna struggles to work hard to become a violinist. Liam is Elise’s cousin and this is the story that takes place in alternate universes involving these three young adults. Elise’s decision of whether or not to pass a vehicle in a sketchy situation splits the story into two parts; one where Elise lives and one where she doesn’t. Within these two universes, Liam and Anna deal with their grief over losing Elise or try to navigate life with Elise. The struggles of growing up and day to day life are portrayed well and with realistic developments; this story is food for thought.

The alternate universe storyline stretched my brain and I enjoyed having to reset every chapter change before I could start reading with focus. Anna is a strong character. The character development is done well. The ethnicity defaults to white.

LynnDell Watson, DHS Librarian, Delta, Utah 

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