DescriptionForever Me is considered YA and NA. Suggested reading age is 14+
Hannah Richards isn’t your typical 16 year-old at Wichita Falls High. Fashions, trends, cosmetics and style are unimportant to her. An avid reader, guitar player, classic movie and television buff, Hannah marches to the beat of her own drum. Visible only to her Father the town Sheriff, and her two best friends. Hannah lives a simple, un-pampered life as an “Eastie.”
After coming to the aide of Taylor Monroe, a popular member of the ultra snobby “Stilettos” at school, Hannah’s life beings spiraling out of control. As she starts spending more time with Taylor, her best friends abandon her, after a series of misunderstandings, causing Hannah to re-invent herself.
Hannah quickly gets caught up in a life much different than the one she knows, where status, glamour, makeup, appearance and acceptance become her masters. And what of the dark secret that haunts the streets of Wichita Falls?
Can Hannah survive the lies, deceit, jealousy and rage that are now waiting for her behind every corner? Will she succumb to the pressures of popularity? Or will she be crushed under the heels of the “Stilettos”?
~High school is hard enough just being yourself, let alone being someone you’re not~
Girls are mean. Vicious even. Far worse than boys. We females all know it. Your friends aren’t friends and your enemies are cruel. This is why when I was in high school I hung out with mostly boys and even that gets you labeled. What I don’t understand is how a MAN was able to write a book about the torturous life of a teenage girl living the delicate balance between her heart and her mind while enduring the social politics of girl world. But, to my surprise, that’s exactly what the author did.
This book is your classic mean girl story. You’ve got the unpopular girl, Hannah, all of a sudden thrown into the lion’s den of popularity. She now has a rich best friend, the attraction of the most popular jock in school, designer clothes, all the bells and whistles. Glamor and popularity always come at a price, in her case it’s losing her life long friends and gaining her new enemies, the Stilettos. Throw in a murder mystery and you’ve got yourself one dramatic book, with an emphasis on drama.
Now, to be honest, the book needed some serious editing. There were a ton of mistakes with grammar and several words were missing, like ‘you’ or ‘the’. Considering I am the queen of simple mistakes and poor grammar, run-on sentences, etc., it must have been habitual for me to notice it. That being said, it didn’t take away from the story for me. A good story is a good story and make no mistake, Forever Me is a good story. Even the murder mystery was good, though at first I was like – Why does the book need this?- but then, I ended up excited to see how it played out…..of course, I did secretly want a certain, um, unpleasant, um, someone else to have been the bad bad guy, but you know, you can’t always get what you want. In the end, I think it all turned out for the best and the hard lessons were learned.
Did I like the book? Yes
Would I recommend the book? Yes
Overall Rating: Really Good
Favorite Quote: “In my fantasy, she’s fat, just let me have that okay.” Hannah