Danny Ogden is a graffiti artist for an extremist sect when an explosion thrusts him into a Phoenix classroom on a parallel Earth—ours. Eevee Solomon, 15, is his only connection to home; a romantic acquaintance in his semi-totalitarian dimension, she’s a brilliant science nerd in this one, and perhaps the only person who can help him return to his world. Debut novelist Nichols explores this jarring turn of events from both characters’ perspectives as a disoriented Danny muddles through a world where his parents are dead while Eevee must reconcile that the Danny who tormented her best friend has been replaced by a boy with whom she’s falling in love. Nichols infuses the story with a smattering of science fiction and science fact, while making a welcome departure from the stereotype of the book-smart outcast trying to fit in. These geeks own their intelligence like a badge of honor, using science to help a friend and explore strange new worlds. Riveting in its own right, the story sets the stage for a mirror-image sequel, which will follow the other Danny and Eevee. Ages 12–up. Agent: Quinlan Lee, Adams Literary. (Dec.)
In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek. "The perfect blend of sci-fi and swoons."—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of These Broken Stars
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 don't miss 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.
Publishers Weekly, October 2014, starred review:
"Riveting.... Nichols infuses the story with a smattering of science fiction and science fact, while making a welcome departure from the stereotype of the book-smart outcast trying to fit in."
Kirkus review, October 2014:
"While the world-jumping is fantastical, the personalities and characters (fully individual, without reaching trying-too-hard levels of quirkiness) ring true.... A debut with great characters and huge nerd appeal."
Booklist review, October 2014:
"A mysterious, sometimes tense, yet sweet story about young love and science gone awry."
VOYA review, December 2014:
"Debut novelist Nichols has such an engaging writing style that readers will have little problem accepting the premise of parallel worlds....Think of the intrigue in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, softened by the romance of a Sarah Dessen novel."
School Library Journal review, November 2014
"A mystery set against a sweet romance that will envelop teens. String theory enthusiasts, as well as fans of the television series Fringe or Ann Brashares’s The Here and Now will particularly enjoy this."
"With the flips between universes, this book will keep you on your toes the whole way through." —Bustle.com
"The perfect blend of sci-fi and swoons, Now That You're Here is like no other book I've read. Riveting, romantic and utterly original, it kept me up late!" —Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of These Broken Stars
"Dynamic, dizzying, and downright daring, Now That You're Here kept me guessing until the end, and ready for the next." —Shannon Messenger, author of Let the Sky Fall
A science-minded girl falls for a graffiti artist—the catch, though, is that he's from a parallel universe. When a bomb goes off in Danny's dystopian-flavored universe, he's somehow blasted into Eevee's reality, which resembles readers'. Danny latches onto Eevee as a familiar face, even though he only met her counterpart in his world briefly—and her personality there is different. This Eevee's a nerd rather than artist (though the text mathematically demonstrates how close science and art really are). While Danny's still making sense of what has happened to him, Eevee realizes that he's in a tough situation and helps him. The two of them work out the universe swap and with help from Eevee's best friend and partner in science, Warren, try to puzzle out its mechanics. The chapters alternate between Eevee's and Danny's viewpoints. The organic sweetness of their relationship is tempered by the enthusiastic geekery of the nonromantic storylines. Real mathematical and scientific theories appear, and Eevee and Warren live and breathe cherished icons of nerd culture. While the world-jumping is fantastical, the personalities and characters (fully individual, without reaching trying-too-hard levels of quirkiness) ring true. The ending—an escalation into frantically paced scientific theorizing followed by an abrupt conclusion—is a bit of a letdown, but it leaves room for a sequel. A debut with great characters and huge nerd appeal. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
Gr 7 Up—Danny Ogden was trying to blend in with the crowd before he was jolted from his universe to that of Eevee Solomon's. Lucky for Danny, Eevee is intrigued by this sudden change in demeanor and personality from the Danny she knew. She enlists the help of her best friend Warren and together—with the help of their physics teacher —the three explore the scientific explanations for Danny's universe jumping. Danny and Eevee develop feelings for each other and when they arrive at a possible answer, they have to come to terms with what might happen if Danny stays or goes. This science-fiction tale takes place almost entirely in present day. Its short chapters in alternating voices lends it a quick pace. Eevee is a strong lead—smart, grounded despite her parent's divorce, and secure with her strongest friendship (which happens to be with a boy who is known as a super geek). As a sidekick, Warren is a strong character who deals with his past (bullying) and focuses on his future (attending MIT). Although we never get to know the Danny originally in Eevee's universe, the parallel Danny is empathetic, thoughtful, and very trusting considering what had just happened to him. Nichols adeptly simplifies the complex concepts of string theory and parallel universes without condescending to readers. The short chapters develop into a mystery set against a sweet romance that will envelop teens. String theory enthusiasts, as well as fans of the television series Fringe or Ann Brashares's The Here and Now (Delacorte, 2014) will particularly enjoy this novel.—Stephanie DeVincentis, Downers Grove North High School, IL