Forever ME by Thomas Amo
Genre: YA/NA realistic fiction and romance
A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Thomas!!
When I first saw this book, I knew I'm going to enjoy it. I'm currently obsessed with YA contemporary romance book and I am always happy to read a high school drama book, since I'm a high school student myself. I was very excited to read this book and I wasn't disappointed!
I'll start by saying that as a teenager, I could relate to everything that happened in the book. Cliques exist in real life. Every school, everywhere in the world, has those "popular" kids who consider themselves better than the rest. Bullies and mean kids will always exist, and that's why teens must know how to deal with them in order to prevent them from affecting their self-image and confidence.
This book sets a great example (that is also based on real-life experiences) of how to stand up for yourself against bullies and I think it makes it important for teen readers!!
Hannah is just the ordinary teenage girl, but she had a special strength inside her that I just adored. Most teens are seriously affected by peer pressure, but Hannah was different. She always tried to be the best person she could and never let bullies hurt her.
She never listened to rumors and never judged people by their reputations. I liked how she always gave a second change to everyone - that showed what a good heart she had. She sets a great example for teen girls.
Another character I really liked was Taylor. First of all, I love her name because it remind my of Taylor Swift. lol. Taylor was the bravest girl ever. She has managed to turn her back on the Stilettoes and to start a new life in which she decides for herself. She was a great, supportive friend to Hannah and their relationship was totally to die for! They completed each other. I wished soooo badly, during the whole book, that I was best friends with them, too.
The first 40% of the book were slow paced as I got to know the characters and the relationships between them. That part was dragged a little bit too much and contained too many details and names I couldn't memorize. I think that the author could've skipped a lot of these details because most of them weren't important to the plot anyway...
As the book progressed and things started to happen, it became much more interesting. It became much more of a thriller, because one of its main incident was a mysterious murder of a teen girl. I enjoyed reading about the police investigation. I was trying to guess who the murderer is the whole book, but I just couldn't. I found out who it was only at the end and it was a big surprise!
This book was very well written and I liked the writing style - the author told the story each time from a different POV - Hannah's, her father's, Dylan's, Taylor's... I liked how I could get inside the head of many characters, and that helped me understand the story much better and feel connected to the characters.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable book. It was well written and suspenseful and also had a strong positive massage. I think it will appeal to teen girls and to people who enjoy reading about life in high school.