“She’d decided long ago that life was a long journey. She would be strong and she would be weak, and both would be okay.”
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Why you should read this book: Because it is magical and who doesn’t like magic?
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This was a story unlike any other about a girl named Alice and her journey to accept the oddness of her appearance and her abilities and to find her beloved missing father. She has a companion, Oliver, a boy she hates, in this journey and the land in which this journey is set to happen is called Furthermore. Furthermore, a land Alice believed all her life was imaginary yet it is very real and full of magic and wonder and danger.
Alice is 12 years old. A girl just growing up to know how unfair life can be. She was born with no colors (skin and hair white as snow) and everyone in Ferenwood, the place she lives in, is born full of vibrant colors and everything all around her is magically colorful. Magic is color and color is magic. She is an outcast in her own home and she doesn’t understand why she is so different. Why indeed? I want to know why she is the way she is, I’m just curious but after reading the whole book maybe I have a theory.
Furthermore is no common magic land. It has tricks, strange people, overclothed citizens living in weird homes, pant-suited ladies who cry, paper-made animals, solitary doors standing in the middle of nowhere, and so many other peculiarities I found fascinating. This is a book for younger readers but older readers such as yours truly enjoyed it very much indeed.
I am known for never having abandoned the joys that being young bring to the soul. I am still amazed but the silliest things. I am forever in awe with what’s new. The world keeps surprising me just like it does to a child who discovers new things everyday. Never stop being amazed by the wonders of the world, even if you are old enough to know the awful things that keep happening.
The changing in scenarios reminded me of “Monsters, Inc.”, when they go door after door and find themselves in different places. Well, let me tell you, the places Alice and Oliver found weren’t nice like Paris or those paradisiac beaches, but they were interesting all the same. You have to find out for yourself.
Lose yourself in Furthermore but be careful, it is full of tricks and it seems it doesn’t like very much tourists touristing!
“Red was ruby, green was fluorescent, yellow was simply incandescent. Color was life. Color was everything.
Color, you see, was the universal sign of magic.”
Do I recommend it? Yes, it has magical worlds and that’s all you need to know to read it.