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2014/05/23

 Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti Author: Susane Colasanti
Published: May 20th 2014
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Summary:

What if your boyfriend was the world’s biggest rockstar?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she’s ever met, but he’s an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he’s believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he’s thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she’s attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan’s monumental sold-out concerts.

It’s a dream come true…but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when “forever” comes to an end?

Review:

I’m so close to giving this book one star. The first half was so annoying. The girl and the boyfriend just rub me the wrong way. The girl was all about: ‘my boyfriend is this, my boyfriend is that,’ ‘he was born to be a star,’ etc. Now, that boy was getting the springboard to stardom and she was left there glancing at him on the sidelines, feeling sorry for herself. I wish I could understand her and the relationship (which at some point I did, at least the rational and obvious part) but the said relationship was weak as a rotten wooden board. I did see the relationship going downwards by the way they interacted; it didn’t seem good enough for that kind of test.

Ethan was a budding musician, just needed the right opportunity. And that chance happened. He literally gained followers every chapter making their relationship drifting further and further away. The thing is, there’s not enough in the foundation to make the girl, Sterling, feels secured, which I think boils down to what I just got from the beginning. I didn’t get to see how their relationship was, it was all about Ethan’s untapped talent in need of the spotlight. It was all about that.

But my real problem was Sterling. The girl numerous times drove me bonkers! I’m so fessed up on her and attitude. The girl had an uncanny ability to annoy me, magnificently if I may so myself. Was there really a need to rub to these people’s faces that she was ‘the biggest fan’ via her backstage access since she was the girlfriend?  I don’t think there was a need to prove that point. And I also think, she might not intentionally try to make fun of the fan, but she did mimic the way she fangirled over her boyfriend, in an observer point of view, it’ll look the way. And don’t get me started with the way she talks: I’m. Not. Happy. With. This. The excessive use of the period was so annoying considering she was a grammar nazi.

Having read few books from the author, the other guy, Damien, was not really a surprise. Of course, it was deliberately and conveniently pointed out that he was the right one: listening to her, dropping everything just to be with her unlike her rock star boyfriend. The only salvation of the book was her decision at the end, if the past relationship was any indication no wonder it fell apart; so the decision? I approved. I’m relieved she chose the most ideal option. And after reading, I was thinking about the title: is it about the now that might be forever? Or is about the now didn’t equate forever? Or am I just thinking way ahead and it’s just a plain cheesy title? I can’t decide.

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Preview Quote: “That I always will be. But too many promises have already been broken. I don’t want to risk breaking another one.”

 
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