Forever for a Year : Library Edition

Forever for a Year : Library Edition

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ISBN-13: 9781982501365
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Forever for a Year 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DevinsBookHub More than 1 year ago
NOTE: This review contains major plot spoilers. While it’s admittedly taken longer than I’d have liked, I finally got around to finish reading one of the novels by B.T. Gottfred after discovering he was an author back in March as per my watching of his film The Movie Hero. I’ll admit that I do enjoy light romances from time to time. Forever for a Year wasn’t exactly light, but I still found it enjoyable and a decent fit for me. From the book’s synopsis, the novel sounded really cute. And it was for about two thirds of the way. I began reading it the night I was due for my sleep study and whizzed through 150 pages before it was time for me to get hooked up and go to sleep. Trevor and Carrie, or Carolina as she wants to be called now that she’s in high school, meet at the beginning of the school year. Trevor’s family moved from California to Illinois after his mother’s failed suicide attempt. He thinks that the world is pointless. Not that he’s depressed, but just a “meh” feeling about things. Carolina’s family, on the other hand, isn’t perfect either. Her father had cheated on her mother and Carolina kicked him out of the family. When the two meet, it’s like sparks fly and like they’re incredibly infatuated with one another. It’s your typical teenage love: he’s the one for me, we’re soulmates, I never want to leave your side, you’re perfect, and so on. Each chapter alternates between the two so it’s fun to get each character’s perspective of what’s happening and what they’re thinking. Carolina is especially mushy in her way of talking, lots of exaggerations, oh my goshes, you name it. While reading a slightly obnoxious teenager’s thought process was ever so slightly annoying, it’s not something I got hung up on. I got used to it quickly. Here’s a quick example on the kind of talk from Carolina I’m referring to that can be slightly obnoxious: Which was so true. So true. The truest thing ever. But because something’s important, doesn’t mean it’s good? Yes. Right? I didn’t know. I was so tired. Trevor’s more straightforward about things when it’s his point of view. I also want to take a moment to mention that Trevor has a seven year old sister named Lily who has the maturity level and wiseness of a 30 year old. It’s crazy…but it worked. It kept things fresh and different. The book clocks in around 425 pages. The book was great for about the first 2/3 of it. Then I felt like it took a nosedive and became, without sounding too insulting, a train wreck for a while before it redeemed itself somewhat at the very end. The first two third of the novel were absolutely cute. It was fun to see the relationship between the couple blossom and the whole school growing jealous of the pair. You get to see their confidence grow. You get to experience their dates as they experience them, their first kiss, the first touches, and you also get to hear all about their sexual activities. It did feel a little weird to me, a 23 year old guy, reading about the sex life of fictional characters who are almost a decade below my age…ya feel? Teenage sex is definitely a thing, whether it’s just touching certain spots, experimentation, or the whole shebang. NOTE: I hit the character count limit on here so you'll have to go to Devin's Book Hub to read the review in its entirety.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred is a story of first love and finding yourself. The story is told by alternating point of views between Carolina and Trevor. Trevor acted his age about half the time, but Carolina acted much younger than a Freshman in high school. The characters followed all the teenage stereotypes closely. They're called stereotypes for a reason, but it felt like every teenage stereotype was put into these characters and amplified by three, and that's simply not realistic. Everything is so dramatic when you're younger. The world can begin, end, and begin again all in one day. You could really see and relate to the insecurities Carolina and Trevor had of themselves and each other. The author succeeded in capturing these aspects of teenage life and thinking. Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
I'm having a hard time deciding how I feel about Forever for a Year. The writing is fluid and the story is compelling, but I had a hard time liking Carolina. If she'd said "gosh" one more time, I was sure I'd slam my head into a brick wall. But author B.T. Gottfred captures the emotions of first love so authentically, it's hard not to like the book. That rush of feelings, of falling so hard that the other person is all you can think about, is so perfectly portrayed. Carolina tries to reinvent herself for high school, leaving behind her nickname of Carrie and hopefully her nerdy middle school self. A talented soccer player and brilliant student, she's got a pretty healthy ego. Trevor is a year older, having skipped school his entire freshman year as a result of traumatic family event. Trevor is new to the school and doesn't know Carolina as anyone other than the pretty girl he's crushing on. Throughout the book, I found Trevor to be a deep, complex, and utterly fascinating character. Carolina came across as controlling and odd, and other than her looks, I could never figure out what Trevor saw in her. But then it hit me, he only saw the person she allowed the world to see. He never saw her inner drama and over-reactions to every little thing. And really, isn't that how the world works? People see us for who we present ourselves to be. Plot The plot follows Trevor and Carolina for a year as they meet, fall in love, and experiment with kissing, touching, and sex. The two believe they are soul mates and everything is so intense with them, I get why they do the things they do. They're young at 14 and 15, so their actions and reactions come across as completely believable. Characters As annoying as Carolina is, I can't deny she's three-dimensional. I may not completely understand all of her neuroses, but she's like no other character I've ever read. Being inside her head was a crazy over-stimulating ride at times. It's a busy place in there. Trevor is angry and dark and his head is an intense place to be at times as well, but his brain didn't travel quite as off-the-rails as Carolina's. The Ending I think it's the ending, along with disliking Carolina, that's making it hard for me to really love this book. I started off rating this book at three stars, but the further I get into this review, the more I realize the story and characters made me feel a lot of different things. Not all of them are good, but it's not an author's job to make me feel good, just to make me feel. And he definitely does that. Angry, frustrated, amused, hopeful, sad, annoyed, but the ending left me feeling...unsettled. Happy or sad, I need a book to have a satisfying conclusion and I felt that was missing. But now as I edit this review, I wonder if that isn't teenage love. Somewhat unsatisfying and unsettling. Top Five Things I enjoyed about Forever for a Year: 1. The writing. This is by far one of the most believable stories I've read in a while about teen love. 2. Carolina's dad. This guy was so hard to pin down. I'd hate him, like him, loathe him, then understand him a little, but I don't know that I liked him. Still, he was truly interesting, which is all I want from a fictional character. 3. Lily. Trevor's seven-year-old sister who talks like an adult provided some of the lightest moments in the book. 4. Trevor. He is such a complex, fascinating character and never once did I question his authenticity. 5. First love. Just because it's so raw and painfull
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Carolina and Trevor are starting freshman year of high school in Riverbend, IL, a fictional town nestled into the North/Northwest side of Chicago. This is the kind of town with wealth disparity--haves and have nots. Trevor's family has recently moved from LA to join his mother's family--his Gram and uncle still reside in his mother's hometown. He lives with his mom, dad and 7-y/o sister who is precocious and means the world to Trevor. just over a year ago his mother had a botched suicide attempt. Trevor had a hard time dealing with it, and he stayed home from school for a year; he's more than melancholy. He's clinically depressed, but it seems that everyone's focus is on his mom. Kid gives Holden Caulfield his money for all the "this world's pointless and fake" internal dialogue. Carolina is a geek. Has been for evah. Her best friend, Peggy, wants desperately to be popular, and Peggie has an in because her older sister is really popular. So Peggy's sister has agreed to get the popular kids to like both of them--but Carolina's a mental spaz. Her internal dialogue is equivalent to The Flash mainlining pixie stix. She is meant to be smart, but I mostly saw low-self-esteem. She admits that whatever someone tells her, she will do. I didn't like her much, but, as the story got on and she stopped listening to Peggy and her insane sister, I admired her backbone. Trevor and Carolina meet in the first class of the first day of school. Trevor shows up late, and leaves his bag in his dad's car so he has no supplies. Carolina lends him some--without speaking a word. They have a few classes in common, and it seems as if they make a tentative connection, but it becomes this THING before it can ever be a thing, mostly because they hardly speak to each other. Others step in, and Trevor thinks Carolina must be a "fake" and disses her, but he still thinks she's beautiful. Fast forward. They work out their communication issues, by communicating!, and begin dating. I'm not going to belabor this: they are physical and it's on the page and their sex is not always protected. There are a lot of emotional issues going on, too. Carolina's father has had an affair and her parents want to reconcile, but Carolina's been so hurt, and protective of her mom that she's obstructive to the process. Trevor's mom is clearly not faithful, as well, and the emotional impact of both of these relationships influence the development of Trevor and Carolina's romance. They consider themselves soul mates--pretty early on. This felt both overblown and just right--mostly because I had trouble believing doom and gloom Trevor could be so positive about Carolina. Carolina falling head over heels? Yep. Both Carolina and Trevor are gaga within a month. I remember those times. It's heady and overwhelming. Strange that the two parents who become their confidantes are the ones who are known betrayers; I think this was meant to convey the idea that just because a person is a lousy spouse doesn't mean they are bad parents--and that chestnut was dropped at about 97% in, so my impression was spot on. I felt like I knew what was going to happen--partly because of the name, but also because this book was billed as a new "Forever" (but with frankly less mature characters than burgeoning adults Katherine and Michael) so I knew this was going to be bittersweet. It was, without question. Expect big family drama, big dumb mistakes, and some betrayal.