I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Now That You're Here by Amy Nichols
Series: Duplexity #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on December 9th 2014
In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek.
One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body--his own, but different. Somehow, he's crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee--a girl who'd rather land an internship at NASA than a date to the prom--may be his only hope of getting home.
Eevee tells herself she's only helping him in the name of quantum physics, but there's something undeniably fascinating about this boy from another dimension . . . a boy who makes her question who she is, and who she might be in another place and time.
And, coming soon, Duplexity, Part II: While You Were Gone flips this story on its head and tells the tale of the alternate Danny and the alternate Eevee, living in Danny's parallel world.
Eevee is your typical over-achiever. Super smart. Lives, breathes, eats to study. But she is good at it. Plus, with her best friend, Warren, by her side, she feels like she has everything she could want or need. Until Danny, the delinquent, one day begins acting like she is his only hope. For Danny, waking up in a parallel universe is a bit unsettling. Nothing is how it should be. No more high security, big brother government controlling his and everyone else’s every move. While Danny feels like that is a plus in his book, the downside is just about everything else. His house is no longer is his house. His parents are gone. Life for him in this universe pretty much sucks. And surprisingly for both of them, the only person Danny feels like can help is Eevee.
Told in dual POVs, Now That You’re Here gets to the heart of both of our characters. Watching Eevee evolve from almost a cold hearted, one focus type person to someone who actually shows emotion was kinda nice. It isn’t to say that I didn’t like Eevee throughout Now That You’re Here, but I can definitely say that the type of character she is at the ending is much easier to like than she was in the beginning. Much of that is thanks to Danny. Although Danny does not belong in Eevee’s universe, they definitely do belong to together. Now That You’re Here shows us a sweet romance from the beginning stages that only gets better as it goes on.
Now That You’re Here is much more than just a sappy romance. Nichols also takes the time to sprinkle in some interesting scientific theories. For the most part, these moments of science are nice enough to feel like you may have just learned something new or help you feel a better connection with the read if you are familiar with them. Now That You’re Here gives us enough of this science speak to make it relatable to the book and our characters, but also not too much that it all just goes over the reader’s head. It was a nice and surprising extra layer that I had not been expecting.
All in all, I am pretty pleased with Now That You’re Here. It wasn’t without a few plot holes or conveniences, but those are pretty easily over looked. The only real downside, if there has to be one, is that I found myself wishing this story took place in Danny’s world and not Eevee’s. Sure, sure. It looks like the sequel is going to go there, but throughout the whole book, I just kept thinking how much more interesting everything would be in his world.