Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi ~ SPOILERS

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi PUBLISHED BY Dutton Books for Young Readers GENRES: YA Fantasy PAGES: 416 FORMAT: Hardcover SOURCE: PURCHASHED PACING: {4/5}

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
PUBLISHED BY Dutton Books for Young Readers
GENRES: YA Fantasy
PAGES: 416
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: PURCHASHED
PACING: {4/5}

I finished Furthermore in three days. I buddy read it with my bookstagram bestie Mhay. You can find out all about her here. Before I even begin the review, can we just stare at this cover with an endless longing in our souls to be somewhere mystical where dreams manifest into our very reality? I would really like to know who the cover artist is because this is honestly one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen!! That's one thing we lack in the community; highlighting cover artists. I mean of course we gush over the cover itself but what about the person behind it. Maybe interviewing some artists who design book covers could be something to incorporate here. I mean we've all gone completely bonkers about cover art. The aesthetic of a book cover creates anticipation in the mind of a reader. This makes me think about The Bone Season and the fiasco with the cover art. Obviously it matters what's on the inside but readers need visual stimulation too. It sparks the imagination before you turn one page. If I wrote a series I would commission a different artist for each book. It would be their interpretation of the story. Being an artist is not easy so it would be work for them and gorgeous eye candy for my readers. I could go on. Can you say rambling!? Hee hee....


Synopsis: 

Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden andThe Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
 


I am an Alice in Wonderland FANATIC so if you are a lover of AiW like I am then you will love this book. The main character's name is Alice coincidentally and her journey to Furthermore {Wonderland} with her friend Oliver in search of her father, leads her to a plethora of self discoveries. Alice doesn't believe there is anything special about her; anything that makes her stand out from her peers so she doesn't put much effort into anything. Alice was born without color except the beauty of her eyes and she is mocked by the people of Ferenwood where she lives. She wants so desperately to be accepted and scoring high points during The Surrender, an annual Spring event where the children of Ferenwood compete to get high scores so that they can be assigned a task and use their natural born abilities/magic to help someone else, will help her figure out her purpose and feel good about how "different" she is from everyone else.  

She doesn't even use the magic she was born with during The Surrender trials so she received a score of zero. Enter Oliver. I loved the complex relationship between Alice and Oliver although they are both pre-teens. "I can see your panties/underware," {I can't remember which at the moment} he says to her upon their first time meeting LOL. He was the antagonist of this story. Alice has been quite distraught over the years about her father leaving the family, that she loses focus on 'The Surrender' and is determined to set out to find him with Oliver, whether she wants his help or not. He pushes all of her buttons to motivate her to see the best part of herself even though he often lies to protect her. He tells Alice he met her father and knew exactly where he was, but he did not. In the end, she found her imprisoned Father in the nonsensical world of Furthermore. She also found out that he left to seek magic, spark and color for her because she was so unhappy with herself. Alice, her father and Oliver returned back to Ferenwood to reunite with her mother whom she thought wouldn't care that she was gone but in turn she did. 

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.
— Tahereh Mafi, Furthermore

This book was a quick, whimsical read. I believe this is categorized as a children's book and it reads as such. Much like Alice in Wonderland, the metaphors in this story are apparent; a girl who doesn't have any confidence in herself, because her physical appearance is different from everyone else's, ignores her own special gifts and eventually discovers them upon embarking on an adventure to find her father. There is also an underlying theme in this book in terms of how girls develop according to their relationship with their fathers *que John Mayer*. I definitely recommend this book for slumps because it's just an easy read although my rating for it will be low. There were TOO many random elements in this story. For example, the Land of Left, the fact that the guardians of Furthermore would try to eat all those who trespassed into Furthermore in order to acquire their magic.  I liked this book because it was fun, but I can't say I loved it. 


My Rating: {2/5}