There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
Furthermore was a splendidly wonderful tale about a girl name Alice who wants to find her father. Alice, and her friend Oliver, go on an epic quest to find the truth about her father and learn about who they really are. The writing is full of colorful descriptions with a witty narrator.
One aspect I loved most about Furthermore was how the story was told like a story. You can get the sense that someone is telling you the story compared to any 3rd person point of view. I loved the structure and the transitions from each segment of Alice's journey. Though it was middle grade, I found it engaging and wonderful. The writing was lush, full of beautiful descriptions with colorful detail.
I wish Tahereh Mafi can write my life like how elegantly she wrote Furthermore.
One thing, even though this book is gorgeous, inside and out, that dropped my rating of this book from 5 stars to 4 stars was the ending. I felt as if it was rushed. It felt as if everything was already over when you reached the end. Although, the ending does provide a gateway for a possibility for future books.
Overall, I really enjoyed Furthermore. It was a colorful and lively middle grade Alice and Wonderland retelling.
This is actually a special review for me because this is my first physical ARC that I was luckily enough to read and review.
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