Furthermore

furthermoreAuthor: Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Verdict: Bury

“Darling Alice,” he said, reaching for her.  “Why must you look like the rest of us?  Why do you have to be the one to change?  Change the way we see.  Don’t change the way you are.”

Furthermore is full of beautiful thoughts such as the one above.  The story revolves around Alice, a girl who lives in a world where color is magic.  A girl who has very little color of her own, which she compensates for with bangles.  Lots and lots and lots of bangles.

I tried to enjoy this book.  I really did.  In the early chapters, I found it charming and whimsical.  I instantly fell in love with oddball Alice who has never fit in with her family and longs for her absent father.  The Alice who broke out in random song and twirl.  As queer as she seemed, she was entirely relatable for me [think Jess from New Girl].

But then came Oliver and his quest.  Then came Furthermore.  As much as I longed to fall down the rabbit hole with Alice, I couldn’t get into the plot.  It went a little bit in every direction, sometimes literally as Alice and Oliver traveled left, right, up, and down throughout the different towns of Furthermore looking for her father.

The plot wasn’t the only part of the story to taper off as the novel went along.  The humor did too.  At first I found it entertaining.  But as the story progressed, the humor felt more and more forced, and Mafi wrote it in such a way that it felt geared towards older readers and not the middle grade audience the novel’s targeted to.  I did, however, love this one particular part:

‘They walked for days.  Weeks.  Months and years.

“Don’t be so dramatic,” Oliver said.  “It’s only been fifteen minutes.”‘

This quote also shows the fourth wall breaking and bending the author employed heavily.  While cute and funny at some stages along the way, the style became tedious by the end.  Furthermore had a chance to be memorable, but Mafi tried just a little too hard, and as such Furthermore fell a little sort and a little flat.

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