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Now and Forever

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  2,614 ratings  ·  316 reviews
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 celebrit
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Reader72 I HATED IT! (sorry) But it really didn't have the "happily ever after" I was looking for. It had the saddest ending ever. The title could neve be more…moreI HATED IT! (sorry) But it really didn't have the "happily ever after" I was looking for. It had the saddest ending ever. The title could neve be more wrong. But on the other hand I loved how strong the girl was in the book.(less)

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Initial reaction: Honestly, this could've been a lot better for the story it showcased. It came across as incredibly underdeveloped and petty. I didn't care for it or for the all too quick romance it tried to push along the way.

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I wasn't very impressed with "Now and Forever" when it was all said and done. I can get behind a rising teen musician's claim to fame and the girlfriend who grows with him, but unfortunately, I found this too shallow of a read to connect with me. It's a shame
Chelsey Connor
I really enjoyed this book. loved seeing Ethan's journey to fame but them fame got to him. I'm glad Sterling eventually came to realise she needs to live her life and do things she loves. Did not see the end coming though. ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: too-boring
I couldnt wait to read thia book because Susane Colasanti had wrote it and she is definitely my favorite author.

At first, the book was exiting and i couldn't stop reading it, but as i continued reading it i started to get bored over the same thing over and over. Sterling going to visiting Ethan on his tour, then she goes back home and worries about Ethan, then goes back to the tour and everything repeats again.

I was disappointed with this book because with every single book i have read of her,
Oct 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, pbook, library-book, 2014
I have these friends, let’s call them Grace and Amy*. Grace is a children’s book editor and Amy is a high school ESL teacher. Amy is forever mentioning to Grace how her students need high concept, low reading level books since it’s difficult to get high school students to read when all the books for their reading level are about seven-year-olds or whatever. Well Amy, do I have the book for you.

There are a lot of things about Now and Forever that I absolutely hated, but by far the worst thing was
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This was my first Susane Colasanti book and I have to say I was expecting more, based on some of the positive feedback from her previous books. At first, I was like this:

Cause it's Susane Colasanti and it's YA contemporary and I love stories about young love and people turning into global music sensations. Then my excitement sort of went down by page.

Now & Forever had its moments, and then there were times I felt it was lacking in a sense. I liked the premise of a teen boy realizing his dream an
Bad writing
Annoying and possesive girlfriend
Learning more about the life of the love interest than the one actually reading about
Slow and Bland.
All makes this enter my DNF zone.
To prove a little bit about my point read a line from the book and I hope it makes your blood boil.

"It’s cute how Ethan is acting like a girl obsessing over whether to call the boy she likes."

If it did,Thank you.
I’m so close to giving this book one star. The first half was so annoying. The girl and the boyfriend just rub me the wrong way. The girl was all about: ‘my boyfriend is this, my boyfriend is that,’ ‘he was born to be a star,’ etc. Now, that boy was getting the springboard to stardom and she was left there glancing at him on the sidelines, feeling sorry for herself. I wish I could understand her and the relationship (which at some point I did, at least the rational and obvious part) but the said ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Nope. I am done. This was just not the read for me. Sterling and Ethan and their entourage have got to be some of the most self absorbed annoying teenagers I have ever read and that is saying something since I read pretty much only YA. Sterling is even weak when she is attempting to be strong and in my opinion none of the boys were crush worthy enough to hold my attention for a summer romantic read. I know there is truth in some of the behavior in this book, but I just couldn't do it right now. ...more
Yna from Books and Boybands
Definitely not a good read.

My first Susane Colasanti book and I am deeply disappointed. I need a refund for the hours I wasted. I can't believe I actually finished this one.

The writing style felt like an amateur writer. The characters were self absorbed teenagers with very little substance.

The blurb was promising, and I actually thought the other was good because a few friends like her. Oh well. Not sure if I'm too old for her stories or it really is not a good one. Hah.

I think I'll give her ano
Danni Maxwell
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was seriously disappointed in this book, even though going into it after dnf'ing it in September I didn't really have big expectations for it. If I didn't need to finish a book I DNF'd for my March tbr jar challenge, I would've WDNF'd it again. It just lacked a lot. It was predictable and really cheesy and the writing really got to me at times. This main character 'melts into floor. melts into chair. melts against wall.' By the end I was glad it was over, it was a predictable ending as well, I ...more
Emily Schirmer
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“The right boy doesn’t make your stomach twist into anxious knots. He doesn’t make you panic when he’s not calling. He doesn’t make you wonder who he’s out with. He fills you with peaceful certainty that your love was meant to be. He will support you no matter what. He’s always with you, even when he’s not. And you just know he wants to be with you now and forever. Because there’s nowhere else he’d rather be.”

I have always loved Susane Colasanti’s books. They are sweet, charming, easy-to-read, a
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, ya
I feel bad giving this one merely two starts, but honestly, I can't give it more.
I've read Colasanti many times and although I've not loved all of them, I have liked them all to varying degrees. This one was just nothing remarkable.
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Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars
I don't know why it took so much time for me to read it but I'm glad I finally finished this.
Can you believe I cried over this book? I can't.
It's just so pitiful and unfair when someone's "forever" goes nowhere. Basically, I don't believe in eternal relationships, and this stupid "forever" is just a hollow sound for me. But the characters believed in that. They really did.
I didn't like the main characters (actually, all of the characters), and I truly hated Ethan from the
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
What to say, what to say...
While I didn't enjoy this book, I still must admit a teen girl very well might.
The writing was stunted and had way too much "teen slang" for my liking. The characters were undeveloped and I found myself more than once saying, "What? Where did THAT come from...can you tell me more?" And the answer would be "NO".
The reason I gave it two stars is because the premise is romantic and idealized, and like I mentioned, I think it could find an audience with teen girls. I jus
I don't know what's wrong that this book only has an average rating of 3.46. I didn't expect that. For me, this book was ahhhh-mazing. TOPS.

One of the best I've read this year. *sigh*

It was amazing. Sterling was a character you could totally relate to. It was expected what had happened to her and Ethan. I love this book to bits, even though most of the reviews said otherwise. And I do think the ending was perfect. I never liked Ethan since the beginning anyway.

Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if you happened to be the girlfriend of the biggest rockstar in the world? What if one night your boyfriend becomes an overnight sensation, and suddenly you're selling out stadiums? What if I told you that it has happened to a girl named Sterling? Her boyfriend Ethan is now considered the heartthrob of their generation.
Sterling and Ethan are known to be the “it” couple. The relationship that everyone wants. Sterling falls head over heels for Ethan. Ethan is known to be so genuine and smart,
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book Now and Forever consisted a love story that has a tragedy. Sterling lives a difficult life because she has divorced parents. She usually lives with her mother because her father has another set of family. Sterling has a boyfriend named Ethan that is a rock star. Ethan is in a rock band and happens to be a great singer and songwriter. Sterling and Ethan always had the perfect relationship until fame got to Ethan. Ethan backstabs Sterling by doing the worst thing you could do to a girl. T ...more
May 23, 2014 added it
I am a big Susane Colasanti fan. I think she's so awesome and I love the pop culture references she adds in her books. I was really looking forward to Now and Forever and was so excited to find it on the New Releases shelf at the library. However, I didn't enjoy it and just wanted to share some of my honest opinions so that I can maybe help others who are thinking about reading this.

1. My first star deduction is because of the lack of detail. The structure of this book is really cool, as each ch
Princess Bookie
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2016
My Thoughts: Yep Yep, Colasanti is one of my all time favorite authors. I just devour her books when I start them.

We are introduced to Ethan and Sterling. Perfect couple. Sterling wants to go to college eventually while Ethan just wants to play music. So when he gets a record deal, his goals and dreams sour. Sterling tries her best standing by him and she’s a good girlfriend. I didn’t like how she started treating some of her friends though there for a while. I could see a bit of a change in he
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, awful, boring
Ethan Cross (a wannabe rockstar) is dating Sterling (a nobody with a passion for cooking). Ethan Cross becomes famous. Ethan Cross becomes more of a dick. (view spoiler)
I just saved you an hour of your life.

So that extremely bland little summary above is scarily accurate. Very little happens aside from this. The descriptions are awful. I honestly felt like this was written by a preteen.

All the characters are so predictable. As soon as I read the fir
"Before I was fighting change. [...] But instead of fighting change, I need to embrace change. That's what I've been learning in yoga. Change is a natural part of life. It's the only way we can grow and evolve and become stronger."

There are a lot of statements about how change is good in this book but I beg to differ. Change isn't always necessarily a good thing. In Sterling's case, it was good for her because she realized how she needed her entire world to stop revolving around Ethan.

The ch
The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
Now & Forever initially seemed like a cute and quick contemporary read but it evolved into something much deeper than that. This novel is focused on the idea of staying true to yourself even though life is changing all around you.

I'm giving this book two stars but don't think this book is terrible...it just wasn't anything special to me. The first quarter of the book was great, but as the novel continued, I just felt that there was a lot of repetition going on within the storyline and it started
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Has Ms. Colasanti always written this way? It felt too disjointed. And what's with all those annoying single-word sentences? Like. Come. On. Enough. With. The. Melting. Already.

Anyway, I thought it was an okay read. But aside from Sterling, the other characters weren't interesting at all.
Personal response:
I think that Now and Forever is a great book. I enjoy reading this book, because it is very interesting. There are a lot of plot twists to the story. It has many different moods throughout the story.

Plot Summary:
Sterling is in love with her boyfriend, Ethan Cross. Ethan has been waiting for his dream of being a famous singer to come true. When Ethan becomes famous, Sterling is his number one fan. She helps him with everything and anything she can. When Ethan starts missing scho
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute book! There's this girl, she's dating a rockstar, and obviously that complicates the relationship. She starts becoming insecure as more and more girls become obsessed with her boyfriend, and starts getting jealous when pretty girls take pictures with her boyfriend or swoon over him. She starts wondering why he would even want to be with her when there's so many hotter girls out there. Then, she doesn't get to see him as much since he's so busy with touring. She starts losing ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book I enjoyed the way the author really captured the moment In her writing but also made an ending that was surprising but also good because now sterling can focus on her life and do what she wants but It was a good book that I recommend to those who love books with a good message in the end.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was ok

Cute definitely gets Now & Forever. I really adored the meaning of the book title, Ethan Cross and Sterling were really so perfect. They couldn’t get enough of each other. Ethan even wrote her a song! He calls her his muse. But when Ethan suddenly jumps from being a nobody to every girl’s dream. That can’t be good.

It sounds really fun and cute so I quickly picked it up and bought a copy for myself. Despite the ratings of the book, I wanted to have my own copy because the cover is jus
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-2015
I’ve never read any of Susane Colasanti’s books before. Right now I don’t think I’ll be reading any of her older or future books.

Midway into the first chapter of Now and Forever, I was already struggling against my gag reflex. After having been enticed by the book summary to read this story and expecting something a little different, I was not prepared for the disappointment I felt by the time I got to the end of chapter two. Honestly, this book caters to every cheesy YA cliché imaginable.

Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book until the end and it just went down hill.
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
Apr 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
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1 out of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). So, so, so disappointing. I was so excited to read a book about a relationship between a star and a normal girl. HOWEVER, I WAS NOT PREPARED for the book actually turned out to be. There was barely any backstory on how Sterling and Ethan even met, there was hardly any relationship development between them, and THIS NEW G
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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. She 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 teache ...more

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