Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: July 7, 2015
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.
**Thank you to Henry Holt & Co. for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**
I had been anticipating the release of Forever For a Year for quite a long time, so when I saw it on Netgalley, I got extremely excited and instantly started reading it.
I was thrown into the wonderful experience that is high school. Carolina is going into her first year of high school. She went all through middle school as someone who wasn't popular at all, along with her best friend. Now, she's making it her mission to become popular and well-known with the help of her best friend's older sister Katherine, who just happens to be the most popular boy in school.
On her first day, she meets Trevor, who sits right next to her. Over some time, the two of them end up really liking each other and feeling as if they're soulmates. They go through everything together as they fall madly in love.
One thing I loved about this book was the alternating viewpoints. I've always been a sucker for those because I love seeing the story through two or more different character's eyes. In this case, the two characters were Trevor and Carolina. Both of them had difficult home lives, so they related to each other pretty well and were always there for each other, which I thought was wonderful.
Being a high school junior myself, I have to say that some kids are actually like Carolina who go into their freshmen year with the goal to be popular by impressing the older guys, namely the seniors. It's kind of sick and disgusting, especially because the seniors tend to just use the younger girls to their advantage and against the younger girl's will. Therefore I found this book to be incredibly raw and honest, which I definitely appreciate.
This entire book was a whirlwind and I flew right through it in about three hours. It was so intriguing and I just had to know what was going to happen next in the relationship with Trevor and Carolina. The only thing I was upset about was that ending because it didn't go how I thought it would go at all. However, great books always tend to do that! I'd highly suggest giving this one a read, though it may not be for everyone, because there is the occasional swearing, sex scenes, and of course there's the high school search for popularity which I know some readers find annoying.