A review by Maria.
A big thank you to author Elise Sax for allowing me to be a part of her blog tour and read her novel, Forever Now.
Tess is good at being invisible. She’s had her whole life to practice. She’s mocked and ridiculed at school. Her mother has insane and demanding expectations. Tess retreats from life by reading Emily Dickinson poems and writing stories in her tiny notebooks. The day she meets Cruz, she finds she no longer wants to be invisible. When Tess’s mother and Cruz’s father take all of Tess’s hard earned Paris savings and leave for a long trip to Mexico, Cruz and Tess are left to manage with no food and a mountain of debt. Each of them go to great lengths to survive and take care of each other as they grow closer.
Tess was the most entertaining female main character I have come across in a while. She had a funny, self-deprecating outlook on life and her situation. She was nerdy and witty, and often made me laugh out loud. She had a huge crush on Cruz, which sometimes made her silly, but other than that, she was a great lead. Tess was brave and resourceful after her mother abandons her with no money. She’s able to keep a secret at school and earn extra money babysitting. She makes her first friend at school and treats it like a precious thing. Tess also finds her dream to go to Paris to study and write might be attainable just when she thought all hope was lost. As a reader, I found myself invested in seeing this lovely character succeed and be happy for once.
Cruz was an enigma of a character. He was this hot, magnetic personality who hung out in his spare time with models and the beautiful people of the world. But he still cared enough about Tess to take care of her and essentially prostitute himself to get a job so they could survive. But the hopelessness of their situation does affect him and he goes through intense moods and keeps secrets from Tess. He’s resourceful and willing to do whatever it takes to survive and protect Tess and also to see her dreams come true.
This book was an emotional roller coaster. It dealt with very real issues like child abandonment, child poverty, bullying at school, and teenage mental health problems. It tackled all of these problems realistically and vividly.
I enjoyed this book and thought it was very well done. I am eager to read the rest of the books in this trilogy.
Rating: 4/5 stars.
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