“Kassandra Cole has it all—a stable home with great parents, popularity and all the friends she could ever need. She is used to a lifestyle where everything comes easy to her, from good grades to being captain of the cheerleading squad.
Her entire world is shaken to the core when a fatal accident takes her father, causing Kassandra to re-examine the course her life was on. The actions of one individual forever changes her life, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her broken family. Kassandra begins to question everything she once cherished and the people she disappointed along the way.
Maddon Johnson’s life is as different from Kassandra’s as night and day. Abandoned by his mother at a young age, he is left to deal with his abusive, alcoholic father on his own. He has one goal, lay low and get the heck out of dodge as soon as he is legally old enough.
Everything changes when his father’s tragic actions send Maddon crashing into Kassandra’s world. Suddenly, getting away is the last thing he wants as he discovers it is possible to believe in love after all.” (description from Goodreads)
Tiffany King has done it again! I know that’s a very typical phrase to throw out, especially at the beginning of a review, but I really mean it. When her book Wishing For Someday Soon came out, I got a copy and devoured it. I loved it. It’s the same with Forever Changed. I’ve been eager to get my hands on this book since I first heard of its release and I wasn’t disappointed at all.
To begin with a life changing tragedy isn’t always the way an author will go when writing a story. It’s more common to build up a character, then have that character altered by an event later on. King switched that. We start after Kassandra’s father dies, when she is forced to look at life much differently and become an adult. The reader gets a glimpse into who Kassandra used to be throughout the book as well. I think through this method of the character’s development it allowed for further insight into the growth, as opposed to having a major change at the end of the book. Sometimes with that, there’s only a few chapters in which to enjoy the “new” character.
I especially enjoyed Kassandra’s sister Megan. King seems to have a gift in creating younger characters that break your heart and put a smile on your face at the same time. Because Megan became mute after her father’s death, there isn’t dialogue from her. The reader only knows of her actions and emotions through Kassandra’s point of view. In her case, I think her non-verbal communication was far more effective than any dialogue that could have been written for her. This was a big reason I loved the book.
For the story itself, I went into it a little doubtful to how it’d work. When Kassandra’s and Maddon’s lives are thrown together in the way that they are it worked well for me. At first I was like “this can’t happen in real life,” but it wasn’t long until I changed that opinion. When a person is the way they are (like these characters) abnormal circumstances are only obstacles to get over and not let stop you. Overall it worked for me. The entire story line worked.
On the whole, King has another 5 star book in my eyes. Her characters are lovable, some deserve a slap in the face, others are cute and wise beyond their years. The story was great. The themes in this book, of love and family, make the reader think about their own lives. I know I took it all in and saw where I could relate and where I could only imagine how I’d deal with a certain situation.
After reading this book and Wishing For Someday Soon. I know for sure that I will be reading her Saving Angels Series very soon.
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