Forever For A Year by B.T. Gottfred
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Published on July 7th 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Young Adult
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When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. When they’re together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can’t happen twice.
Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.
I’m going to do things a little differently here today.
First, check out my quick 1-star review. Then, at the bottom of the review, check out the youtube video that Hannah (The Irish Banana Review) put together of us reading excerpts from this book.
Because, you may not believe it til you see it. Or hear it.
We can’t make this stuff up.
In the words of Steph O’Neil: “I am going to go out on a limb, and say that I am NOT a part of the target audience for this book.”
I don’t really know what the author’s overall message was with this book, but I found myself oftentimes confused, appalled, and quite often turned off by the unrealistic portrayal of “awkward teens” who are beginning to explore the complexities of romance, and sexual exploration.
Quite often, I’d ask myself “Is this author serious?” or “What young teen boy/girl talks like this?”. I even found myself laughing at inappropriate moments, and cringing more often than not.
I couldn’t bring myself to read the entire thing, mainly because of the author’s overuse of the ellipsis, as well as the choppy writing, which seemed to constantly showcase run-on sentences as if it were going out of style.
I am all for reading YA books that take risks while tackling sexuality, and more mature themes, however this book was abhorrent to me, and I am at a loss as to how to find good qualities about it.
I suppose I could say that I was drawn to this book by its synopsis; I went into it hoping that it would be…different. I think that in an oversaturated YA Contemporary market, it’s always great to come upon a book that seems to push the boundaries with the promise of giving you a different take on “young love”. Sadly, this book did not deliver in any way shape or form. If anything, it fueled emoji-driven reading updates, as I couldn’t even find intelligent words to describe what drivel I had exposed myself to.
Great idea (in theory); awful execution.
**Because seeing is believing, I present to you: the video of a reading from Forever For A Year.
Watch now, thank me later.
(And yes, it’s a little long, but you can skip around a bit. I promise it does not disappoint.)
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