Title: Little Forevers
Author: Katie Kaleski
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published On: June 6th 2017
Source: YA Bound Book Tours / Received in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 2 Stars
Phoebe likes Gage, but there's a problem—he's her brother's best friend. As the result of an extra-marital affair, Phoebe Bautista has had little contact with her dad, none with her step-mom, and her siblings have just recently learned of her existence. Now she goes to stay with them while her mom is on assignment in The Yukon for three months. As she tries to find her place and navigate the developing and rocky relationship with her temporary family, she begins to spend time playing music with her brother, Oliver, along with his best friend, Gage. Gage is cute, smart, has selective mutism, and makes Phoebe’s heart skip a beat, but she knows she has to fight her feelings for him, so she doesn’t ruin her growing bond with Oliver. But the more time the three of them spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore what she feels for Gage, especially when she learns he might like her too. And with her dad pretending everything’s fine, the fact that she might never belong anywhere, and knowing that she only has so much time with her new family, Phoebe might not make it out with her heart intact.
Little Forevers was a let down for me. First, I must mention that I read an Advanced Reader Copy of the book, so there were still edits to be made to the version I read before it would be released. That means the final version could be better than my copy. But even so, I think this book was poorly edited and that the writing was not up to my expectations.
Despite that, I still enjoyed the plot, characters, romance, and many of the concepts within Little Forevers.
What I liked
The characters were all very well developed and diverse. The main character, Phoebe, is easy to like, stands up for her family and friends, and is a total feminist. The dialogue is a very strong part of this novel. I think it’s what really kept me reading. The interactions between Phoebe and her new family and friends were lovely and very funny.
The plot line follows the brother’s best friend romance trope. Gage is Phoebe’s brother’s best friend and she totally falls for him, as expected. And it’s SUPER CUTE.
The topic of sex in the novel is portrayed very honestly. The sex scenes are awkward, funny, but still sexy. I think a lot of YA books totally skip over the topic, so it’s nice to see it being portrayed in healthy, realistic way.
What I Didn’t Like
Mainly, the writing. I think Little Forevers has SO much potential and I really would’ve loved it a lot more if there had been more substantial editing. It came across as if it were one of the first drafts, and not as if it were a nearly polished novel ready to be released. I understand that ARC’s are uncorrected, but usually they are in their later stages of editing and the writing IS fairly close to being polished.
Many scenes break from the narration and it’s like the events are simply being listed off and summarized. It totally brought me out of the story. Bottom line: this book needed a lot more than some copy editing or proofreading.
The romance was rushed. Phoebe meets Gage and develops a crush. That’s totally realistic. But she pretty much claims to have feelings for him before they’ve even had a conversation. And then suddenly they’re hiding their relationship from Phoebe’s brother. It’s just happened way too fast. The best part of YA romance, for me, is seeing two characters connect and then fall for each other. I didn’t get that as much in this novel.
Little Forevers has a lot of potential and it’s cute. But if you like reading novels that are well written (and edited), then this book may not be for you. Much of this book felt rushed, and it didn’t seem ready to be released quite yet. With some significant editing and work, it could really be a gem in the YA romance genre. If it hadn’t been for the well-developed cast of characters and the potential for this book to be even better, I would’ve rated it 1 star.