Forever For A Year
Author: B.T. Gottfred
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
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.
First Sentence: It was my idea for us to start using our full names.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
What I Liked
I’ve mentioned this in my past reviews and I’ll mention it again: I love when contemporary books that are mainly focused on the romance is told from both the girl and the boy’s point of view. When that happens, we readers can understand and see what both the main characters are thinking instead of having to speculate hey, why does he like her? or vice versa. Forever For A Year is a book told using two different voices: Carolina, the female main character, and Trevor, the male main character. Their voices and chapters tell the same events happening in their own point of view, which I really enjoyed reading, and best of all, they don’t sound the same (except that is a problem too – see two paragraphs below for more information).
The reason I requested and read Forever For A Year is because I love how realistic the synopsis sounds. After reading Forever For A Year, I can also say that I love the overall and final message Forever For A Year gives you. The ending of the book left me thinking and I sadly can’t say any more about the ending as it’ll definitely be a spoiler. All I can say is that despite the book’s faults, aka what I didn’t like about Forever For A Year, Forever For A Year is a book worth reading just to see its overall message and the impact the ending will have on you.
What I Didn’t Like
When I saw how Carolina’s point of view was written, I was thrown in for a loop. Carolina is an example of how adults think teenagers speak and think: dramatic with a touch of whiny added in, but not how teenagers really think or speak – I should know since I myself was Carolina’s age a few years ago. Trevor’s chapters are a lot better compared to Carolina’s – there are no dramatics in his point of view, but he did hit the cliche mark at times. However, I could tell from reading Trevor’s chapters that B.T. Gottfred is a great writer; the one downfall of Forever For A Year is that he overdramatized Carolina’s point of view.
If you’re willing to look pass the overdramatic and whiny “teenage” voice in Carolina, you’ll definitely enjoy reading Forever For A Year.
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