Book Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Sticking to the theme of lighter reads this week (and I think we need that more than ever with everything that’s been going on in the world!), the next book review to be featured is none other than Tahereh Mafi’s Furthermore!

First, look at that cover. Just LOOK at that cover. How gorgeous is that?!? I would buy Furthermore just based on its cover alone.

And when they say don’t judge a book by its cover, I’d say in the case of Furthermore, you can do exactly that. This is a story as gorgeous and bright and colorful as its cover. Basically, if Furthermore was food, it would be rainbow-coloured cotton candy. Bright and fluffy and just oh so much fun!

In the world of Ferenwood, where colour and magic mean everything, twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow has neither. But Alice isn’t concerned about that right now – okay, well, she is a little, but what she’s more concerned with is trying to find her father who disappeared three year ago. And now Oliver Newbanks, the person she hates most in the world, has turned up swearing he knows just where to find her father. Alice’s father is in the dangerous land of Furthermore and only Oliver knows how to get there.

Alice is one of those characters that you just fall in love with as easily as you would a puppy in a cupcake costume. She is as quirky, charming and adorable as the book itself. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s vivacious and she’s quick to questions things. Sometimes, er, to the point of questioning a little too much as Oliver would find! But, hey, questioning is always good! And the worldbuilding of Ferenwood and Furthermore is just as charming and whimsical as the characters. They don’t necessarily make total sense – remember, it’s a kid’s book – but they’re quirky and I’d like to find out more about them!

Readers of Furthermore may notice echoes of A Wrinkle in Time and The Golden Compass via the theme of children partnering up to explore new worlds and seek out a missing parent. But Furthermore is definitely very much its own story and I can definitely see it slipping comfortably into the ranks of classic children’s books.

Finally, can I just say that Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs are power author couple goals? They both seem so smart and effortlessly cool and any number of bestselling titles to their names, I’m totally envious! Plus, Tahereh’s style totally blows me away every single time.

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