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Forever, or a Long, Long Time (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Caela Carter (Tekijä)

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Having shared so many foster homes that they are unable to trust that the family that has adopted them will last, Flora and her brother, Julian, are assisted by their new mother on a journey to resolve their past so that they can build a future.
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Teoksen nimi:Forever, or a Long, Long Time
Kirjailijat:Caela Carter (Tekijä)
Info:Quill Tree Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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Flora and Julian are adopted out of the foster care system. They are biological siblings and live with their mom and dad. They have lots of struggles because of the trauma of the foster care system - and with their mom they try to find out the story of their past. ( )
  klnbennett | Oct 7, 2020 |
4.5 stars. This book was heart breaking at times but very insightful. I do have to agree with some of the comments that at the end it did seem to be pushing an obvious lesson in Person's questioning and dialog. On the flip side, I can see how someone in her shoes would be very frustrated and would be grasping for answers to make some kind of sense of what she was learning. It's said that the system is broken. I did love the writing, especially in Flora and Julian's theories. ( )
  slittleson | Mar 19, 2020 |
This book is as beautifully written as its cover is in design. Written from the perspective of fourth grade, Flora, it tells the tale of a broken foster system and young siblings journey from their adoptive home back to their beginning. This is art brought to life and it will split open your heart. It will make you ask, “what is family?” And “how do we learn to love?” And so much more.
I have friends who’ve experienced fostering and being adopted and I have friends who’ve fostered and adopted. I’ve felt for a long time the little tugs on my heart to do the same. This book has only opened my heart even more toward this possibility. Every child needs a “person.” ( )
  NikiKropf | Feb 18, 2020 |
This book is as beautifully written as its cover is in design. Written from the perspective of fourth grade, Flora, it tells the tale of a broken foster system and young siblings journey from their adoptive home back to their beginning. This is art brought to life and it will split open your heart. It will make you ask, “what is family?” And “how do we learn to love?” And so much more.
I have friends who’ve experienced fostering and being adopted and I have friends who’ve fostered and adopted. I’ve felt for a long time the little tugs on my heart to do the same. This book has only opened my heart even more toward this possibility. Every child needs a “person.” ( )
  NikiKropf | Feb 18, 2020 |
"There are more letters and more words. They're building up inside me but they refuse to leave my body. They jam on top of each other like a million-car pileup on the freeway until my face is hot and my throat is sore and I know that when I finally do cry it won't be tears falling out of my eyes but letters."

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 explored the difficulties foster children face, and the lasting effects of being in the system.

Flora had trouble expressing her thoughts and feelings with words. She's capable of talking, but would sometimes float away from a conversation. I enjoyed reading about how she perceived herself, because she is incredibly smart. She would often mention "lung filters" and how her words would get stuck behind them, but occasionally would spill out if they weren't working. She was able to think so clearly, yet she struggled to communicate with everyone except Julian (who hides food in his closet because he's afraid he'll go hungry again).

It was heartbreaking when Flora misunderstood a situation and thought she was to blame. She was always worried that their new mom would stop loving them if she wasn't good enough. Flora and Julian were constantly waiting to be moved again, so there were a lot of ups and downs that went with that. Sometimes they threw tantrums and did awful things, and other times they were trying to be perfect so their new parents wouldn't send them away. I hated that they felt like they were to blame for their circumstances, and that they struggled to believe their mom when she promised them they would be with her forever.

It was even worse when the family started researching Flora and Julian's past. Their paperwork had been lost and never recovered, so their adoptive mother knew very little about their previous homes. They took a trip and tried to backtrack through all the places they'd lived, and some of the things they discovered were shocking and left me feeling angry and frustrated. They're children.

Forever, or a Long, Long Time was a wonderful story about learning to trust again and believing in a future where forever means something. I think the author did a great job of highlighting some of the issues foster children are facing today, and discussing some of the conditions they are forced to live in. These children have done nothing wrong and deserve to be loved and appreciated for who they are. It's sad how many of them end up somewhere worse than where they started. Flora and Julian were lucky, but a lot of children in foster care never find new families.

I loved the random theories throughout the book. Flora and Julian didn't believe that they had been born, so they made up different theories about where they came from. An example would be, "We come from the chaos, my brother and me. We were born out of the screams of other kids. We're made of their tears. We grew from their temper tantrums. We will never escape the chaos because it's what brought us to life in the first place."

I really did enjoy this one, and I like that the author told the story from Flora's perspective. It was unique and very eye-opening.

Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on July 27, 2018. ( )
  doyoudogear | Oct 10, 2019 |
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