Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Source: ARC from Yallwest
Link to the author: http://www.taherehbooks.com/
3.5 ferrenberries out of 5
Magic, Adventure, Danger, Quest
“They walked for days. Weeks. Months and Years.
‘Don’t be so dramatic,’ Oliver said. ‘It’s only been fifteen minutes'”
I’d like to start out by letting you know this is my first book my Tahereh Mafi so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The cover is out of this world amazing and Tahereh’s words painted a world just as vivid. I have never pictured a world so bright and beautiful. You could tell from the way she writes that she see’s things very differently from most. I think if Tahereh described an ordinary apple it would become fascinating. Alice Queensmeadow (I love her name) goes on a quest to find her father and her only companion is a boy named Oliver who Alice clearly despises. I like when two characters are thrown together and butt heads at the start, it often makes for a comical journey. The quote I loved perfectly sums up the banter between the two characters that I loved. I did giggle often while reading Furthermore but I often found Alice annoying as well. There were times I had to put down the book because situations were so dramatic and exaggerated. It just wasn’t to my taste. I also found that while Furthermore itself was interesting it was too random and I was often confused. I know that some enjoy that sort of whimsy, but I do not. This is no reflection on the writer, just my personal taste. I enjoyed the middle of the book when Alice and Oliver started to work together but then all of a sudden we came to the end. It felt rushed and convenient. All in all I enjoyed it, I would like to read more by the author and it will leave a lasting impression on me. I doubt I will ever read another book as vibrant or erratic.