I have to admit, I decided to read Forever for a Year because it was written by an old acquaintance of mine, B.T. Gottfred. It isn’t Sci-Fi, and I usually stick within my genre, but I’m so glad I decided to explore outside of my comfort zone - this book is incredibly unique, hilarious, and believable!
B.T. Gottfred has been writing about relationships between men and women for decades. He is most famously known for writing and directing the play, Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes, which has been performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, and most recently, Off Broadway in New York. He also wrote and directed, Marry, F*ck, or Kill, another play that was performed in both Los Angeles, and Off Broadway in NYC, and The Movie Hero, which won both the Audience Award at the Austin FIlm Festival and the First Prize at the Rhode Island Film Festival. His web series, Sex and Love Conspire to Destroy the World, premiered in 2013 by MyDamnChannel.
The two lead characters, Carolina and Trevor, meet on the first day of high school and it’s close to teenage love at first sight. They are instantly intrigued by one another and within a week, are girlfriend and boyfriend. Both naive and innocent, the two quickly become obsessed with each other, their love, and their future. They soon find themselves facing very adult situations, situations that can either bring them closer together or rip them apart.
The chapters in Forever for a Year, switch back and forth between the perspective of Carolina and Trevor. The book follows their love story, and Gottfred’s interpretation of the teenage voice, both male and female, is close to perfect. It gives his book a distinct flavor that separates it from other Young Adult literature currently in circulation. I’ve seriously never read anything like it.
Gottfred’s writing is incredibly comical...and maybe that’s because it’s so raw. I often found myself giggling and even sometimes, boisterously guffawing, at his awkward teenage situations, and his characters' ridiculously realistic overreactions. Everything is so vulnerable, so relatable. Gottfred must be eternally young at heart, because his characters were so natural.
The story’s believability is truly what makes it a must read. There was never a point in the story in which I felt like an outsider looking in. No...I was a part of this story too, from the beginning to the end. I was invested in these characters because I used to be a Carolina in love with a Trevor. It was so accessible to me, an adult, that it makes me question the Young Adult classification of this book...did Gottfred write this for adults, as a way to playfully remember our youth? Is this Adult Literature?
This is Gottfred’s first novel, and his second, The Nerdy and the Dirty due out this November. I can’t wait to read it. I can only hope his style is as uninhibited in his second book as it was in his first.