Parents' Guide to

Forever for a Year

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Freshman first-love tale has some insight, lots of sex.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


Sexually explicit. Not just saying that they had a sexual encounter, but details on body parts and activity. Any "message" in the story is lost. Even without the sexual passages, a poorly written book.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 15+

Too much S-E-X!

I guess other kids were doing things like this when they were 14, I sure wasn't. Written in a jarring stream-of-conscious style, 'Forever For a Year' tries very hard to rise above teen softcore, but never quite gets there. Lots of sex, lovingly described in every icky detail, and most of the rest of the book never rises above gossip & canned sentiment. Did I mention there's too much sex?

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (6):

This book has a split personality: One side shows a sweet, realistic look at first love, and the other offers up enough sex to verge on soft porn. On the positive side, the voices of Trevor and Carolina are distinctive as they chronicle their relationship in alternating chapters that offer insight into how differently boys and girls act and react to love and sex. And both Carolina and Trevor are likable and relatable as they stumble, fall, and find their way through freshman year. Ultimately, it's a story that could have offered a window into how teens explore a first serious relationship but has been hijacked by too much sex.

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