24 July 2015

Review: Forever for a Year

Forever for a Year Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sometimes, when you don't like a book, it's better to say as little as you can about it lest it become a big dump of nonsense.

So it is with <>Forever for a Year, positioned as a multi-point-of-view tale about a burgeoning relationship of first love between two high school kids. It goes through them falling for each other, first sexual experiences, jealousy, and so on and so forth.

Why doesn't this work? It is overboard as a cautionary tale, the actions simply aren't realistic for the setting put in place, it works under the assumption that sex and such are really the only things kids care about, and it's just a painful read. The voices of the characters come across as the sort of faux-realistic type that sounds like an authentic voice but just tries too hard.

Long and short, everything about it feels wrong.

I think we have a good number of books that portray realistic relationships enough that are higher quality than what exists here. I was hoping for better, and this didn't deliver. Readable but that's it.

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