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The Forever Girl Hardcover – February 11, 2014
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The Forever Girl started out well and was intriguing. The Grand Cayman setting made the story exotic. McCall Smith has a way of getting to the truth of his characters.
But dang it, round about page 200 of 316 it just d-r-a-g-g-e-d. I didn't care about Clover, I didn't care about James, I didn't care about Amanda and her fling, no one. It grew trite, silly and insipid.
I really wanted to like another Alexander McCall Smith book.
You would be better served by rereading some Jane Austen.
The story details, endlessly and a bit too laboriously, the mental machinations of an American-Scottish girl, as she grows up on Grand Cayman, adored, privileged and prone to a myopic, expat's view of life. She's cute, alert and madly in love, from the age of six, with a neighbor boy who she doggedly pursues, in their teen and early adult years and on three continents, in fact. A rather loose plot centers on the girl's endless and over-wrought angst about her unrequited love. Mixed up in the story line is her mother's own struggle with life and love, as she moves through the mundane routine of an expat wife's life, trapped in a loveless marriage and in the rather inbred confines of island, expatriot life. Both mother and daughter play off one another nicely, bearing witness to the fact that love is not easy but is the main reason most people spend decades, seriously maintaining a family and intimate relationships. McCall Smith offers much philosophical insight, which is his signature theme-building intent, in all of his tales.
However is this later novel of Mr. Smiths', the plot was very thin, compared to a dense, pedantic narrative about the heart and mind of a maturing girl, poised on the cusp of adulthood. In fact, the detailed descriptions of the girl's pursuit of her childhood sweetheart becomes almost boring, as not much else seems to happen in the way of interesting plot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing happens in this book. Very disappointing. It was my first from this author and likely my last. Maybe I'm missing something he seems to be a popular writer.Published 25 days ago by mngirl
As a fan of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I eagerly started The Forever Girl. Disappointment! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Adele G.
Very seldom am I sorry that I wasted time on a book and I have enjoyed the author's other books but this was dreadful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by troublebreaker
I kept waiting for an unusual ending; it felt like Smith was leading us to something different, but Smith's good-naturedness keeps him from having a character end less than happy.Published 2 months ago by Belinda C. Griffin
Although I love Alexander McCall Smith, this is not his best work. This would have done well as a short story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roberta Salafie
Worth reading, well written and interesting. It ended pretty abruptly without much real explanation. But it was a happy ending.Published 3 months ago by Judith Sayad
Not worthy of this (otherwise) wonderful story-teller! It was just plain boring.Published 4 months ago by Dickens Fan
I agree with so many reviewers here -- I love McCall-Smith's other series, but obsessive almost stalking behavior of Clover in this book went on and on and on and on .... Read morePublished 4 months ago by celticred63
This book was really boring to me; it was a chore just to finish it. Did not enjoy it at all. Thought the ending was abrupt also.Published 5 months ago by anonymous in NC