“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 everythings. 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, Forever for a Year by B. T. Gottfred is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.”
Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred is a Realistic YA book that focuses on two points of view that come from Trevor and Carolina. When I first heard about this book, I was actually at the library and saw it on the shelf. I read what the book was about, and decided, “Why not? It’s what libraries are for.” And proceeded to take out the book.
I try to do this thing where if I don’t finish a book, I’ll try again a few years later. And maybe that’s what I have to do with Forever for a Year. I just ended up not liking the book as much as I hoped I would. I ended up only reading 74 pages out of the total 448 pages… Believe me, I am disappointed in myself as well. — I always try to finish a book. I think though, that Forever for a Year just isn’t for me in the time I read it.
What I didn’t like about the book was the way that Carolina and Trevor acted. Yet the way they act in the beginning of this novel is how tons of kids around the planet act when they enter their freshman year of high school as well. There are a few of us (myself included) that don’t and didn’t care about popularity. I honestly think most popular kids act way differently than how they could. Anyway, that’s a different subject.
Another thing about this book is that the plot to the story doesn’t get rolling very fast. …Which I kind of need to actually be able to finish a book. A book that is incredibly slow is a book that I have to try my hardest to finish.
I liked that the writing in Forever for a Year is honest though. Both Carolina and Trevor have different home lives, and how they were raised and such. I also really like a secondary character as well. This character is great.
Carolina has some serious anxiety issues though. She’s a major thinker — nothing wrong with that!! The way that Gottfred has written Carolina out to be though, I just can’t stand her being that way. Carolina was acting totally boy crazy, and I also think she might have ADHD??? I have no way of knowing for sure especially now that I haven’t finished the book.
Trevor… I never thought I would say this, but I actually prefer Trevor to Carolina. Trevor is more laid back and has this passive attitude. Yet Trevor gets caught up in the popularity act too. Even though I know for sure that Trevor doesn’t care about being popular or any of that high school bullshit that seems to suck in the masses of high school students.
I’m really sorry that I didn’t end up liking this book more than I thought I would — even though I ended up DNF-ing this book 17% (74 pages) into reading Forever for a Year. The synopsis for this book though is an interesting one. I hope that if I ever try to read this book again, that the book lives up to the hype the synopsis gave me prior to reading.
Thanks for reading my DNF review on Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred. I seriously hope that this book does me better the second time around!