Amazon: Forever Twelve by Meg Kimball
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Goodreads: Forever Twelve by Meg Kimball
What if there were a place where life was simpler, where your biggest worry involves your science assignment and your biggest fear is the ever-scary ear-piercing gun? Welcome to Emerson Middle School: a place where everyone belongs and no one feels left out. The classes are fun, the teachers are friendly, and the grass is just a little bit greener. There aren’t any snotty cheerleaders lording over everyone. Gym class doesn’t require you to shower. The cafeteria has barstools for the shy kids. Oh, to be twelve years old at Emerson Middle School. What if you were asked to co-write a weekly advice column for the school paper, and your co-writer was going to be Andi Greene, the coolest girl ever? What if she turned out to be really nice and became your new best friend? Could you handle it? No one ever said life was easy… but what if it were? Chilly fall mornings, leaves crunching underfoot, sparkly frost on every tree… Dreams that take you someplace and teach you something… Friends that would never abandon you… And a loving mother who has all the answers, so ask her anything! This is how it was meant to be. Relive middle school through Corey’s eyes. She’s growing up fast but cherishing the moment.
This book was sent to me for review by the author, Meg Kimball. I’ve linked her page up above, along with the Amazon link and a link to Forever Twelve on Goodreads. Now, for a quick review.
If I had to pick three words to describe Forever Twelve, I would choose: sweet, funny, and real.
This book is a wonderful depiction of what being a pre-teen is like. It’s a crazy, wonderful, beautiful, and confusing time and Meg Kimball has managed to capture it perfectly. Don’t be put off by the fact that the main characters, Andi and Corey are only twelve years old. This book is enjoyable for all ages! I’m nineteen, and obviously, I’ve long since left middle school. I still found many of the situations in this book to be very easy to relate to.
Yes, this novel is narrated by two twelve year olds, but there are some serious issues that are touched on throughout the different stories, from bullying, to grief, to just plain growing up and dealing with “adult” things. Corey and Andi are the Advice Avengers, meaning they run the advice column in their school paper. Because of this position, they often find themselves up close and personal when it comes to other people’s problems. Throughout the story, the girls navigate first love, disappointment, happiness, and loss.
Between it’s sweet depictions of first love, it’s valuable life lessons about growing up, and it’s witty humor, you’ll find Forever Twelve to be impossible to put down! Five out of five stars, in my book.