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Now and Forever
     

Now and Forever

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by Susane Colasanti
 

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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

Overview

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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/24/2014
Colasanti (All I Need) returns with a superficial romance narrated by high school senior Sterling, who is head over heels for her musician boyfriend of one month: “Ethan Cross is the most gorgeous boy I’ve ever seen,” she explains. “And he picked me.” Sterling knows Ethan is a talented songwriter and performer, but she isn’t prepared for the changes in both their lives after Ethan’s band’s first single becomes a hit. Suddenly, Sterling is a celebrity girlfriend, wearing designer clothes, attending gala events, and staying at glam hotels. Soon, the downside of being on the edge of the limelight overshadows the fun and excitement: Sterling is plagued by false rumors and criticism from jealous fans, and Ethan becomes obsessed with gaining even more fame. Beyond the predictability of the plot, these teens’ romance feels like a nonstarter even before stardom becomes an issue. Naïve and judgmental, Sterling isn’t the sort of character who generates much goodwill (and self-involved Ethan isn’t any better). Both, unfortunately, come across more as the idea of lovestruck teenagers than actual people. Ages 12–up. (May)
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR SUSANE COLASANTI:

“Like Sarah Dessen, Colasanti knows how teens operate.”—Kirkus on When it Happens

“Colasanti ably captures the teenage voice.”—VOYA on Take Me There

“Colasanti presents an authentic picture of how complicated it is to be a teenager, especially one in love.”—Publishers Weekly on Waiting for You

“A romantic page-turner.”—Booklist on Something Like Fate 

“A bouncy, captivating example of the teenage romantic comedy.”—Booklist on So Much Closer 

“Emotionally satisfying from beginning to end.”—Kirkus on Keep Holding On 

“Grab your blankets and sunscreen now: This is an ideal summer beach book.”—Kirkus on All I Need

"For fans of the author, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Sarah Dessen." —School Library Journal on Now and Forever

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 7–10—When Sterling's boyfriend Ethan makes it big with the release of his first album, he becomes an overnight teen heartthrob with a viral online presence. Sterling, too, is pulled into the whirlwind as she follows him on tour and is featured in top celebrity magazines. She is even gifted with designer swag to dress the part. While the limelight is initially appealing, the teen eventually realizes the cost of living off her boyfriend's fame and in his shadow—she is ignoring her own interests and aspirations. Although the writing is not overly sophisticated or original (Ethan is regularly described as "hot" and the protagonist's reaction to him as "melting"), new romance readers will find a safe initiation here. There is a subtle mention of a shared bed, but even the kisses quietly fade to black. For fans of the author, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Sarah Dessen.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670014248
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,299,157
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR SUSANE COLASANTI:

“Like Sarah Dessen, Colasanti knows how teens operate.”—Kirkus on When it Happens
 
“Colasanti ably captures the teenage voice.”—VOYA on Take Me There
 
“Colasanti presents an authentic picture of how complicated it is to be a teenager, especially one in love.”—Publishers Weekly on Waiting for You
 
“A romantic page-turner.”—Booklist on Something Like Fate 
 
“A bouncy, captivating example of the teenage romantic comedy.”—Booklist on So Much Closer 
 
“Emotionally satisfying from beginning to end.”—Kirkus on Keep Holding On 
 
“Grab your blankets and sunscreen now: This is an ideal summer beach book.”—Kirkus on All I Need

"For fans of the author, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Sarah Dessen." —School Library Journal on Now and Forever

Meet the Author

Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You, Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, Now and Forever, and the City Love trilogy. Susane has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City. You can connect with Susane at susanecolasanti.com.

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Now and Forever 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ever. You have to read it!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Even before he started to blow up, Sterling could not believe that Ethan picked her to ask out. Even before he hit a million followers, before his single started airing on the radio, before the concerts and the sold out tour destinations, Sterling knew she was so incredibly lucky to have Ethan Cross as her boyfriend. Ethan and Sterling click in a way Sterling didn't think possible. As much as she loves performing culinary experiments and correcting egregious grammatical errors in signs, Sterling loves spending time with Ethan more. As great as hanging out with her friends is, hanging out with Ethan is better. Then Ethan's music starts getting noticed and suddenly Ethan is a hot commodity thrown head-first in the world of fame and celebrity. Sterling, much to her initial dismay, is thrown in right beside him. Ethan is getting compared to Michael Jackson and getting more famous by the second. Meanwhile Sterling finds herself appearing next to Ethan in countless tabloid photos, traveling around the country to catch his sold out shows, and even garnering a small following of her own. Between her hot boyfriend, the sudden fame, and the free couture, Sterling should be living the dream. The only problem is Sterling is no longer sure whose dream it is in Now and Forever (2014) by Susane Colasanti. Now and Forever is a bit like an exclusive trip behind the velvet rope; a look at exactly what being famous might mean. Unfortunately, unlike other titles in a similar ilk, this book fails to offer a nuanced picture instead focusing on the glitz and glamor. While Ethan does change as he gains fame throughout the story, the implications of that change or what caused it (privilege, growing up, celebrity in general) are never discussed anymore than Sterling's own relationship with her fame by association. While this is a sweet romance, a lot of the story is spent on a bad relationship. Although this focus on the bad makes the second romance that much sweeter, it simultaneously raises questions about why the novel's plot focuses where it does for so long. Like all of Colasanti's heroines, Sterling is adorably romantic. While her absorption in Ethan's world and identity are troubling, it is an issue that's addressed before the story ends. Now and Forever is a must read for any readers who are super into the latest boy band or music in general. Bonus points for anyone who is a celebrity news junkie. Possible Pairings: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg, Where She Went by Gayle Forman, Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham, To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy, Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1) I am so glad that you are here...It helps me realize how beautiful my world is. 2) Don't frown because you never know who might be falling in love with your smile. 3) Do you love me because I'm beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me? 4) So dear I love him that with him, all deaths I could endure. Without him, live no life. 5) Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. 6) You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. 7) If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you made me smile, I would have the whole night sky in the palm of my hand. 8) Love is friendship set on fire. 9) I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. 10) In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. 11) Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. 12) You're nothing short of my everything. &hearts Hope you enjoyed these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is susans most expensive book, out of all of her books. Did you know that? Well now you do. And i recemend her book keep holding on. That one is good. Thanks for reading. -bookworm14
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Everybody needd to read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't say it was my favorite book in the world but it was good.