ARC Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Posted December 29, 2016 by MC / 0 Comments

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ARC Review: Furthermore by Tahereh MafiFurthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on August 30th 2016

A captivating and colorful adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale, from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.
Inspired by her childhood love of books like The Secret Garden and The 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.

Alice lives the in the magical land of Ferenwood, where everything is bright and colorful. Alice, however, is colorless, which means she is also not magical. She is different from everyone in Ferenwood, and she feels like she will never fit in. Alice gets the opportunity to join a boy named Oliver on a journey to the land of Furthermore, the land where her father disappeared many years ago, and jumps at the opportunity to learn why her father left with nothing but a ruler.

Furthermore was my first Tahereh Mafi book, and I was completely blown away. I absolutely ADORED the whimsical world that was created. It was a joy to read this book, and as soon as I finished, I was ready to read it again. Reading Furthermore made me wish that I had children in my life that I could share it with. Watching Alice learn important life lessons and grow to love herself was beautiful and endearing and so special.

I loved Alice’s story, but my favorite thing about Furthermore was the writing. It was so wacky and whimsical and it really took me right out of reality and into Furthermore. Furthermore is definitely not a book to be taken too seriously. I think a lot of people didn’t like it because it was too wacky, but for me, it was perfectly playful. I wish I had been able to read this as a child. I know it would have been one of my favorites.

My only complaint about Furthermore is that the ending was very rushed. Everything came together quite conveniently in just a couple pages, and then abruptly ended. I feel like the ending could have been hashed out a little bit more without any problems. Despite the incredibly rushed ending, however, I enjoyed the book as a whole so much that this one fault didn’t affect my rating very much.

I don’t think I have ever shared my favorite quotes from a book here, but there were some parts of the book that really stood out to me. There were so many aspects of Alice that reminded me of myself, and I thought it would be fun to share them with you all. These quotes are taken from the ARC edition, so they may be slightly changed in the finished book.

“Plain fabric gave Alice headaches”

“Being alive, she realized, was very tiresome.”

“Indeed, one might occasionally be pressed to wonder whether the aesthetic of Ferenwood wasn’t a direct answer to the question, How many colors might we fit in one place?

“Unfold your heart. Sharpen your ears. And never say no to the world when it asks you to dance.”

“And she was beginning to realize that part of growing up meant growing tender, and that secrets were sometimes wrapped around tender things to keep them safe.”

“Why must you look like the rest of us? Why do you have to be the one to change? Change the way we see. Don’t change the way you are.”

“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.”

“The simple truth was that Alice would always be different – but to be different was to extraordinary, and to be extraordinary was an adventure. It no longer mattered how the world saw her; what mattered was how Alice saw herself.”


When you discover a book that truly speaks to you…..

…..blame it on the books.

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