Author: Amy K. Nichols
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
ARC provided by publisher
Here's another book in the current parallel universes mini-trend, Now That You're Here by Amy K. Nichols.
There's dual narration by Danny, a street artist in Phoenix who lands in his doppleganger's body after an explosion at a mall, and Eevee, a nerdy good girl who's trying to figure out a topic for the science fair.
The novel is a clever mix of science fiction and romance, as there's a slow burn of revelations and realizations about what's happened to Danny. The Danny that Eevee knows is a burnout, and the Eevee that Danny knows is a mysterious girl in a red dress.
The world-building of Danny's reality gives just enough subtle clues that it's different from Eevee's (and presumably our) world. This is the first of a series, and the second book seems bound for Danny's world.
Although the science behind Danny's jump between worlds may seem a little hinky, don't that bother you too much. It's more about the relationship than the science.
Danny and Eevee are both likable characters and it seems that the Danny of his world and the Eevee of our world are meant for each other, except for that whole parallel universe thing.
There are some good supporting characters, too, like Eevee's best friend Warren, who brings in some comic relief.
I'd recommend Now That You're Here to readers who enjoyed A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray or Dangerous by Shannon Hale.
Now That You're Here book trailer: