ARC REVIEW: Forever Julia by Jodi Carmichael


Forever Julia
Jodi Carmichael
Expected publication: May 1st 2015 by Great Plains Publications
YA > Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
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4 ★★★★

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Six months ago, Julia’s life was perfect. Then her dad died. Now she lives with her grieving mother and sick grandmother in a puny apartment above their bookstore. After a dark bout of depression, Julia is fragile, and mourns both her father and her old life. But she has one thing to be happy about: Jeremy, the most popular boy at school, has chosen her. Jeremy’s love for Julia is passionate, even obsessive. As she grows closer to Jeremy, Julia pushes her disapproving friends and family away. But Jeremy only becomes more controlling and Julia has to decide what lines cannot be crossed.
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Wow. This book is breathtaking. I feel like every woman, no matter what age, needs to read this book. Its an eye opener. I was shaking when I finished this book, and I don’t know if it’s from anger or sadness or just because I want to hug the main character, Julia. This book will definitely get into your bones. Carmichael’s writing is flawless and she absolutely needs recognition for writing this book.

The blurb and cover might look simple and harmless, but this book deals with a serious issue. Abusive Relationship. Ladies (and even gentlemen) if you’re in a relationship, you need to ask yourself if you’re in a relationship that celebrates YOU. Your flaws, your quirks, your existence. And the most important thing of all, does he know and understand the word ‘NO’

Julia isn’t the most easiest MC. I felt a lot of things towards her. But despite of that, I can’t help but feel for her. From the first chapter in the book, its already obvious that there’s something wrong with the relationship that she and her boyfriend have. But, as expected, she doesn’t notice this. I’ve never been in an abusive relationship but I’ve already witnessed one. So I kinda know why Julia acts and thinks that way. I’m telling you, its so hard not to feel angry and hurt. You don’t even know to who. To Julia for being so naive. Or to his boyfriend who I seriously want to hurt.. and I wouldn’t even be sorry.

A lot of things happened. Things that got me frustrated, made me cry, made me shake my head. But I was glad by how things ended. The only thing I wish in here is that the ending should’ve an epilogue or something. But that’s just me.

I seriously don’t know what more to say other than READ IT. THEN LOVE IT. Then recommend the heck out of it. This is perfect for Courtney Summers who wants to deal with a heavy and serious issue but done in a light but still marvelous way. Forever Julia isn’t a book to be ignored




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JODI CARMICHAEL lives in Winnipeg where she can often be found dancing in the living room with her two wildly imaginative daughters, her patient and supportive husband, and a scruffy Border Terrier named Zoe. Jodi’s previous book for young readers, Spaghetti Is NOT A Finger Food, won numerous awards and has been a multi-week Bestseller.

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12 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: Forever Julia by Jodi Carmichael

  1. YES! This is one issue it seems that so many authors tend to tread lightly with or just not approach altogether and sadly, it’s such a big issue in society all over the world. It seems that authors who tend to create abusive characters, they brush it under the rug as them being passionate. But abuse comes in many forms and the author should be celebrated for making this a talking point once more. I’m definitely grabbing a copy of this one. Thank you so much for sharing Paula <3 I'm really glad you felt this one so passionately.
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  2. This one was not on my radar Paula but you’ve definitely piqued my interest. This one sounds like an emotionally and mentally draining book. I can’t imagine what being in the MC’s head most be like. I feel like i’d experience so many raw emotions with a book like this. Lovely, honest review Paula!
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  3. Paula – It sounds like this was a hard but good read in many ways. Thank you for your honest and thoughtful review. I especially liked your advice in gauging if you are in a good relationship… one that celebrates you. Your flaws, your quirks, your existence… It has always been my opinion that if someone truly loves you they will care what you want and definitely respect what you don’t want. Thanks for the review. Sounds like a good one. 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for hosting a stop for my blog tour and the heartfelt review. Love is not abuse, but for many young women there is confusion between passion and obsession. Hopefully Julia’s story will educate and help show how emotional abuse can sneak into your relationship disguised as love and infatuation.

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