Forever, or a Long, Long Time
Flora and her brot ...more
I cried, I cried, I cried.
It's been ages since I've cried at a children's book but Flora and Julian (and their story) just got to me. I love Flora and the way she looks at the world. Her and Julian learning to believe in forever? YES. ALL THE FEELS.
The adults in here were great too, really fleshed out especially when you consider this book is from the POV of a eleven year old (view spoiler)[(I loved Person getting angry and upset at the case worker and their first foster mom. The system ...more
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"It's when the best things are happening that it's hardest to believe in Forever."
Forever, or a Long, Long Time is a middle grade book about two siblings finding their forever home after being in the foster system for a long time.
Flora & Julian are siblings. They have been adopted by Emily and her husband a while ago, but they are still struggling with the everyday reality of trusting that ...more
Flora and Julian were adopted two years ago by ...more
I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this book. I could hardly put it down for a hot minute.
Flora and Julian have found a forever home after years in the foster care system, but neither is entirely sure that their mother will keep them forever. Flora refers to her as "Person" in her mind, and is worried about everything, to the extent where she often has trouble communicating. Julian hoards food in his room. Neither child believes that they were born like other children-- they believe that they never had a mother because they can't remember one and no ...more
And sometimes, even when you think a book is a window into a different life, it ends up being more of a mirror.
This one was both. So even though it kind of stomped on my soul a little bit (okay, a lot), I forgive it, because it's a story about trauma and change and trust, but it's a realistically hopeful one. Things don't magically get better. But people get better at dealing with things, and some problems hurt less when you face them.
I loved th ...more
I wondered at times who was the intended audience? Some of the story seemed to be geared toward adults (somewhat overly pedantic at times)......and I wonder how well middle grade students relate to a 4th grade main character. Flora seemed to express her thoughts as an adult at times and I felt like we wer ...more
When we went to the library our goal had been to find Artemis Fowl, but someone else had already checked it out. Lucky us! Forever, or a Long, Long Time was a really interesting story that e ...more
I feel like Flora, in that my words are "stuck." This book was so beautifully written, I cried so many times. My heart broke for Flora and Julian's pain and it broke for Emily (Person) who fought so hard to keep her famil ...more
Oh, man, this book is so hard and so good. Flora's perspective as a child of foster care and now adoption is riveting, and her voice is so strong. Reading her insecurities and fears was anguishing, and it rang true. It struck me how tenuous life was for her and her brother; they could never fully relax and rest on something solid. I also appreciated how Flora and Julian struggled in different ways: Flora couldn't always form her thoughts into words, and Ju ...more
How can Flora ever believe in forever? After being shuttled from foster home to foster home longer than she or her brother Julian can even remember, how can she trust her new mother (who she calls Person because there have been way too many mothers) after they are adopted and promised a forever home. Carrying scars from their past, Flora has trouble getting her words out and her brother hides food in his closet, lots of food, as an assurance he won’t go hungry. As they are both trying their hard...more
Story: Flora is in fourth grade and has trouble in school. It's hard to remember to raise her hand and she has trouble vocalizing her thoughts. Flora has been with her new mom for two years now, but refers to her as Person when she thinks about her, not mom.
Language: The story is told in first person from Flora's perspective. She really comes across as a fourth grader, especially in her thought processes and interactions with others. The chapters all have ...more
This is such a beautiful and painful book. The narrator Flora is an exquisite storyteller. Her love for her brother is fierce. Their complicated memories and the ...more