Name : Forever Me
Author : Thomas Amo
GoodReads Rating : 4 stars
True Rating: 3.5 stars
I had problems rating this but decided it was fairer to round up to 4 stars rather than down to 3, it’s a better reflection on what I thought about Forever Me. Mostly because it contains such an important message for teenagers and everyone really about how to “Judge nothing by the appearance. The more beautiful the serpent, the more fatal the sting.”
Hannah is your normal, everyday teenager with her head well screwed on. She lives with her Dad (the local Sherrif) and has 2 best friends, she doesn’t care about appearances, loves music, being barefoot, her dog Dude and gets on ok with everyone in general in high school. Now the school, *shudder*. All the cliques and gangs, all the rules of what to do, who to talk to, what to wear to stay popular. Or worse not just to be popular just to avoid being bullied. It’s all so shallow, depressing and frighteningly real. My main thought was “Thank God my school days are over!”.
“If you lived east of Chester Street, then you were socially unimportant. To translate into pop culture terms, Easties were Mudbloods.”
I was afraid at the start that Hannah was too much of a goody, goody and I wouldn’t like her. But no, she is well written and developed, she makes plenty of mistakes, she is loveably flawed and so feels authentic. She gets a touch of popularity and it sends her down a totally different path which makes for a fun storyline.
There was lots going on in the book to hold my attention; murder (I know, unexpected! but it happens), blackmail, teenage jinks. Hannah’s new gang of friends taking on ‘The Stilletos’ the top-of-the-heap pack of mean girls. Enough going on to keep me quickly turning pages and made this a fun, entertaining read.
A few minor issues – a few editing problems and the last few chapters the book takes on a totally different angle. It felt a little too out of sync with the rest of the story. It didn’t lose me though, it just felt a little like I was reading a different book.
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I would recommend Forever Me if you are a teenager or even a parent of a teenager. It’s more than worthy of your time for the important message it portrays.
Thanks to the Author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Bookish Chat : This book made me think a lot about appearances and what horrible values teenagers are exposed to. Society seems to have gone so far down an ‘everything must look perfect and be perfect’ direction that it is truly scary. An important goal for life should be to ‘Dare to be You’. Not always easy but being true to yourself is by far the best way to live your life. When you give up pretending to be something you’re not, life becomes a lot less complicated. That’s my view anyway, whats yours?