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Forever X

2.95  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
It's not the greatest start to a summer holiday. The car breaks down, miles from anywhere, and suddenly Joy and her family are stuck in the first bed-and-breakfast they can find. And it's no ordinary place. Forever X, says the sign on the house. That's strange enough. But inside, everything is even weirder - from the girl in an elf costume to the mysterious Mr Angel. And ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 2001 by Oxford (first published January 1st 1998)
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Aug 11, 2016 Angielovesbooks rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-enjoy
Here's a thought: Maybe I picked this book at my library because I thought it was pretty. Maybe I didn't see the Christmas baubles on the front... Maybe I didn't think this was a Christmassy read... Maybe I still gave it a try....
And I really just simply did NOT GET IT.
What was this book supposed to do?
Did I miss something?
It's pretty irritating reading a book, and simply not caring about anything or anyone in it.
I felt so EMPTY; this book lacked so much and just was not for
Griselda Heppel
Feb 17, 2016 Griselda Heppel rated it it was amazing
A delightful, slightly bonkers tale of a car breakdown which lands Joy and her family in a hotel that celebrates Christmas all the year round. The contrast between the baking hot August weather and the atmosphere of roast turkey, plum pudding, crackers, roaring log fires and visits from Santa every night is both hilarious and mildly sinister, moving the story from surreal beginnings to a warm, funny, very human depiction of families overcoming difficulties together.
Kate Pinn
Oct 23, 2009 Kate Pinn rated it it was ok
I didn't give this review one star because I wasn't the intended audience. I didn't particularly enjoy it but I'm sure some younger people would. The blurb was misleading as it seemed to be aimed at people my age (or maybe I just misinterpreted it). Anyway, here are my detailed thoughts:
Jan 01, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a sweet book and I was glad to have something Christmassy to read. It wasn't quite what I expected though. Everything was very straight forward and as it seemed. I know I wasn't really the target audience. I might have appreciated the book more if I'd read it the year I bought it. Overall it was nice and quick to read and I enjoyed reading something seasonal.
Dec 12, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it
A sweet little Christmassy read! Great characters for such a short little book, and a lovely story!
Feb 07, 2012 Chere rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, lit
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. It's a rather simple story for children, but I liked the way it was told.
Feb 19, 2014 Virginia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
once i got over my own expectations, this was a pretty good book, with lots of heart and humour. I am curious to try some of her other works, which i think is a good sign;)
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Shelves: favorites
Pretty good, though I didn't like it that one of my favorite characters died.
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Jan 20, 2013 Nayera Ahmed rated it did not like it
Shelves: very-bad, 2013
Really didn't enjoy this book.
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When I bought the book from an old bookstore, I never thought it'd be this good.
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes
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