A powerful YA debut, told with astonishing insight and wit, about the depths and boundaries of true friendship and obsessive teenage love—perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, E. Lockhart, and Sara Zarr.
When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us.
Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling.
She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine. After college, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a cheesemonger and book editor. She now writes, fiddles in the electro-country band Owen Lake & the Tragic Loves, and walks with her dog, Arugula, near their home in Princeton, New Jersey. Anica is the author of several books for younger readers, and her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times. Always Forever Maybe is her YA debut. Visit her online at www.anicarissi.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For the most part, these types of books are usually hard for me to read. But knowing that some teens out there may be experiencing these things, I try to stay in the loop to know what to recommend and what not to recommend. And this one, though it has its faults, I would still find myself recommending this one. Betts and Aiden meet by chance at Betts' job. They are drawn to each other like a moth to a flame. But Betts has been keeping a huge secret about him. But her friend Jo sees right through him... She sees what kind of person he really is. It's up to Betts to show Jo that he's not needy, possessive, and controlling. One thing I wasn't a fan of was the writing style. For the most part, it was ok, but at other times it felt a bit choppy. There were a couple scenes where she was mad with him and didn't want to be around him or anything like that, but then a sentence later she was wanting to be in his arms again without anything happening to change her. I'm sure someone going through this may have a similar thought process, but I don't feel that Rissi did a great job of portraying it. She did a lot of telling vs showing, if that makes sense.This hurt me getting to know the characters as well. I felt like I never got to know Betts and Aiden, and the main focus of the story was on them. It just seemed like it skimmed over the top of them. There was so much backstory to Aiden and we never saw any of it. As for the message in the book, I was happy that someone actually tackled this subject. It's a bit of a taboo, but after Bad Romance came out and everyone (including myself) loved it, I was happy that more authors are opening up and helping people see that things like this do happen in real life. (I've heard a parent say that these things don't happen anyway so why should their child be reading it...) For the most part, this was an interesting story. It played on my emotions and I swear it was like reading a train wreck- it hurt the more pages I turned, but I just couldn't stop reading it. This is one book that I hope to see people reading for years to come!
Always Forever Maybe is a winner from beginning to end: Rissi's prose is obviously the work of a polished, professional writer with a firm grasp of character, dialogue, and suspense building. As a reader, I love it when an author takes me in their capable hand and draws me through the story so smoothly that I'm hardly aware that I'm reading text, not living the story--and that's precisely the feel of ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE: total immersion. Betts is a likeable, funny protagonist, full of believable flaws that so many of us possess as young people: a lack of self confidence, a fear of hurting or disappointing others, an inability to say "no" even when we know we should. When Aidan enters her life, it was like reading about myself at nineteen, just beginning my own unhealthy relationship, ignoring my gut, silencing my instincts, distancing myself from my friends because "he" didn't like them. Betts's inner monologue was that real, that poignant. Jo, the best friend, was so vivid she nearly leapt off the page: brash, funny, whip-smart, sometimes bossy and opinionated, but always looking out for Betts's best interests. I LOVED their friendship and their profound love for each other, even through the worst of times. Okay, enough from me--buy a copy and experience this touching, funny, intelligent, and very necessary novel for yourself!
It isn't always easy to love a book that talks about a dark subject, but Rissi captivated me with her story and characters, particularly her ability to illustrate the slippery slope of abuse. We often hear people talk about how they would never allow IT to happen to them, but in ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE we see how hazy and grey the dance between healthy and unhealthy love can be. A powerful and thought provoking read. I can't wait to see what Rissi brings to the table next.
Quick read with some real gut punches, but surprisingly funny in parts too. I loved the best friendship at the heart of it.