Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on July 7, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, contemporary
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Reading Challenges: Booking Through Summer, COYER Scavenger Hunt
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.
There needs to be more books like Forever For a Year. This book is so good, that I am sure my review will not do it justice. It is a story of first love, and the realization that even if we really want it to, that it may not last forever. I heart the heck out of this book. It made me feel every range of emotion, and I had to put it down multiple times just because I didn’t want to finish it. I wanted to savor Forever for a Year.
Forever For a Year is told in dual perspective between Trevor and Carolina. It starts off right at the tender age of 14, where everything changes because they are starting high school. But Trevor and Carolina each approach the new school year with their own set of baggage and their own unique perspective to things and to life. I love Trevor and Carolina. My very favorite part of the book was their oh so unique voices. The writing style changed dramatically when the chapter and point of view switched. B.T. Gottfred did such a masterful job with the prose and personalities of Trevor and Carolina. It really was beautiful to read. Even when he was kind of breaking my heart.
Forever For a Year is a book that I want everyone to experience for themselves. Who doesn’t love a story of first love from two characters that you want to hang out with, hug and just spend some more time with. I lived in Trevor and Carolina’s world, and I became them while I was reading this book. That takes talent. There is a difference between reading a story about two people falling in and out of love, and reading a story so vivid and so real that you become them for 430 pages. That is the magic of Forever for a year. I know a lot of people on goodreads have less than positive things to say about this book, and the biggest claim is that the characters are immature. Umm, hello…does anyone remember being 14 years old? They are young. So yes, they act like 14 year olds. It didn’t bother me. I thought it was incredibly realistic. Forever For a Year is a great example of a realistic look at first love.
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