Now and Forever

What if your boyfriend was the world’s biggest rock star?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she’s ever met, but he’s an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he’s believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he’s thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity—and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she’s attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan’s monumental sold-out concerts.

It’s a dream come true…but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when forever comes to an end?

Now and Forever, by Susane Colasanti

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The strong characters, as well as thoughtful insights on relationships, come together.

Susane Colasanti's bestselling books strike a chord with teenage girls...because they shine a light on the angst, worries, dreams, and passion of youth.

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When Ethan Cross bursts into the big-time music world, nothing in his and Sterling’s lives can stay the same. This is Sterling’s story—how does she go from ordinary high-schooler to girlfriend of a rock star? Thrilled for Ethan and excited to accompany him for some tours and concerts, she also walks a fine line between “can this really be happening?” giddiness and self-doubt about being attractive and confident enough to be Ethan’s girl. Chapter openers help reflect the growing tension, each showing progressively higher numbers of Ethan’s online followers, up to 22 million. The media and obsessed fangirls stalk the couple, and at one point “Ethan is surrounded by ten trembling girls who look like they’re about to faint, throw up, or burst out crying.” Can true love survive? Veteran readers will predict Sterling’s awakening of her own goals and identity, but Colasanti paces that realization skillfully. Amid the name-dropping of fashion brands and the totally- and awesome-speckled dialogue, the strong characters, as well as thoughtful insights on relationships, come together.

New romance readers will find a safe initiation here.

Susane Colasanti's bestselling books strike a chord with teenage girls, often finding a fan base with adults as well, because they shine a light on the angst, worries, dreams, and passion of youth while always giving an optimistic spin to every story. Her latest release, Now and Forever, shines just as brightly and shows why she is such a standout in her field.

We must look like typical teens to anyone watching us. Girlfriend sitting on the porch. Boyfriend bouncing a basketball. The sun dipping behind the trees, throwing orange streaks of light across them. Just your average American high school sweethearts on a fall afternoon.

It's amazing how what we assume about other people can be so different from the truth.

I'll admit that I'm a huge fan of Susane Colasanti's books, always about teens falling (or already in) love, but I haven't had a chance to read the past few—so I was psyched when I was able to score an ARC (Advance Reader's Copy) from the publisher for this one. As usual, Colasanti does a great job of bringing us in to the world of these characters, and this world is something a little different: the world of fame and stardom.

I could see the ending of this book a mile away, but it was interesting to see how it eventually got there. Sterling has been dating Ethan for about five or six months now, and his band is really starting to take off, mostly due to him: his great singing voice, and also his looks. He eventually drops out of school to have private tutoring, and between that and him being on tour all the time, Sterling and Ethan begin to have less and less time to spend together.

At the same time, Sterling is worrying over college applications and the declining health of her grandmother—things that Ethan was once invested in (specifically, college apps) but now doesn't have to worry about.

I thought this was a great book although Sterling was a little bit naive. She was so psyched when Ethan asked her out in the school hallway, since he was so good-looking, and was hoping that things wouldn't change once he starts to begin to get famous. At the same time, Ethan sounds a little full of himself—he "always knew" he was going to be a star at some point—and I'm not sure how compatible they really are for each other.

I'd like to see a companion book from Ethan's point-of-view, which could be interesting—or maybe some chapters written from his POV—but this is definitely Sterling's story. It also makes you wonder how you would be able to deal if your significant other or someone close to you was very famous, and how the "non-Hollywood" wives and husbands of those in Hollywood deal with it every day.

This novel would make a great movie, as well—most of the characters are interesting so I could see it doing well with the right cast.

This is a book I knew I wanted to read as soon as I heard about it. I mean, music, hot musicians, and love Dude. That has me written all over it.

I want to start by saying that I really loved Sterling. She’s a cool girl. She's a little bit tough on the outside, but she also has this quiet inner strength that drives her. I kind of loved that she’s practically my exact opposite. I mean, she loves attention and talking to strangers and cooking. Not exactly three things that an introvert like myself enjoys, but definitely things I enjoyed experiencing from Sterling’s perspective.

I also liked that this story had something of an authentic feel to it. This isn’t just a story of a boy who is already famous, but how he got famous. And it goes in depth on the behind-the-scenes things about concerts that I’ve never experienced myself. That was so much fun, as a music junkie, to read. I just felt like I was seriously watching a boy become a star.

The love story felt realistic to me too, probably because I just came out of a relationship similar to Sterling and Ethan’s. (He wasn’t a rock star, but his work was definitely a priority over me, like Ethan’s career is to him.) I believed the love story, from beginning to end. Sometimes it was a little cheesy, but isn’t that what your first love is? Aren’t you so head over heels that you exaggerate the good and ignore the bad? I think this book did a good job of summing that up.

What was super interesting was the commentary it had on how we view celebrities and those associated with celebrities. It was kind of a kick in the pants, honestly. How many of us believe we have some kind of ownership in our favorite celebrities? How many of us get jealous when that celebrity has a significant other that isn’t us? These are things the book explores through Sterling. And I get it.

Finally, I want to say that I thought the plot was a little unconventional at times. There’s always a certain point in a book where I start predicting how it’s going to end. For this one, I had 2-3 different ways I thought it could end. And I was about halfway right on my closest guess. There are some parts that are a tad predictable, but they were barely noticeable in the grand scheme of things.

Overall, it was a sweet and insightful read. It’s my favorite Susane Colasanti book to date. Five roses.

There hasn’t been a Susane Colasanti book that I haven’t enjoyed and the same goes for her newest, Now and Forever. Of course, I don’t want to spoil anything, however, the blurb itself describes the book perfectly. Now and Forever is a cute, fun, and super quick read. Susane’s books always take you back to the excitement of first love.

While the relationship situation between Sterling and Ethan, an up and coming rockstar, can be described as every young girl's fantasy, things change at a steady pace and you’re able to see Sterling grow and mature in the best way possible. Her growth and ability to stand on her own is one of my favorite qualities of this book. In a way, the relationship is something many can relate to. Well, maybe not the dating a rockstar thing, but the falling in love for the first time and discovering yourself throughout the process.

When I first started reading this, I was on the high of first love just like Sterling. I thought I had it all figured out, just how the book was going to go. I was loving the fairytale and enjoying the butterflies I typically feel when a book makes it possible for you to step away from reality and enjoy a happily ever after. Of course, there were some trials that Sterling had to overcome and figure out for herself. I loved the soft reality check Colasanti had in the books for both Sterling and the reader. Sure, the story was what one could describe as a fairytale romance, but it was entirely honest and pure in a way. It goes to show that no matter how perfect things may seem on the outside, on the inside there may be some bumps along the way that whomever experiencing them may need to think about and make the changes that are right for them.

Sterling truly is a girl that readers will enjoy and admire for her willingness to make the right decisions. Without giving too much away, I encourage you to take a chance with Now and Forever and enjoy another one of Colasanti’s quirky, romantic reads.

I made it through this novel in just two sittings, not just because this is Susane Colasanti’s novel, but because it’s one of her most uniquely written. Colasanti is famous for her quirky, sweet romances, and I’ve read more than enough to know that she always comes through, but this time around I felt like she took what some may call a bookish risk.

Susane has the best taste in music, ever. I always look forward to reading her novels because she always finds ways to add little snippets of lyrics and songs that really add to her stories. Though I will say that I am disappointed there was no mention of John Mayer in Now and Forever.

Colasanti’s eighth novel is a landmark because it stresses so much the promise of forever and just what it really means. I feel as teens not many people understand that the things we wish/hope/pray will last forever, don’t always do, and being human means changing your mind. This book has some things to teach our generation, and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to have read it.

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Playlist

Listen to the Now and Forever playlist on Spotify.

1. “Everything” – Lifehouse

This is the song Sterling sends to Ethan in the first chapter of Now and Forever. She’s had that song on repeat every since the day Ethan first asked her out. To Sterling, “Everything” is Ethan’s theme song. It sounds like him. It feels like him. She loves losing herself in the sound of him. Sterling is so deep in the love haze she can’t remember what she used to think about before Ethan.

2. “An Alright Start” – Sigur Ros

Ethan responds to “Everything” by playing “An Alright Start” for Sterling. Sigur Ros is an Icelandic group with an ambient, post-rock sound. Ethan tells Sterling that their music is beautiful, just like her. “I don’t have the words to tell you how I feel about you,” he says. “So I found a song in another language to do it for me.” “An Alright Start” is about two people falling in love. They spend the day together just walking around downtown and and enjoying being in their own world where they understand each other better than anyone ever has before.

3. “Bright Lights” – 30 Seconds To Mars

Ethan Cross has the most hardcore fangirls in the world. They worship him as the god of their musical religion. The sound of “Bright Lights” captures the thrilling rush of musician worship. It speaks to every single one of us with big dreams that will never die. Ethan Cross always knew he was destined for insane fame. His laser focus burns brighter than ever.

4. “Say Anything” – Good Charlotte

5. “Echo” – Jason Walker

6. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

“Happy” captures the pure elation Sterling feels the first time she hears one of Ethan’s songs on the radio. That moment where you realize one of your biggest dreams just came true.

7. “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

You reflect me, I love that about you
And if I could, I would look at us all the time

8. “Get Low” – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake

There’s something about how the beat of “Get Low” builds to a crescendo that reminds me of waiting for concerts to start as a teen. I’d be in the audience with my friends shaking with anticipation. Adrenaline zinged through my veins so sharply I couldn’t sit still. That moment when the lights went low, when the first screams cut across the stadium as whoever you were there to see took the stage, was electric. “Get Low” has that same electric quality.

9. “Talking Backwards” – Real Estate

The only thing that really matters
is the one thing I can’t say to you

10. “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel

The first sentence of Now and Forever says it all: “When I open my front door, Ethan is holding his phone over his head playing ‘In Your Eyes.’”

11. “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough” – Michael Jackson

One of Ethan’s main musical influences was Michael Jackson. This is one of those MJ songs that encapsulates everything found in an Ethan Cross song: ubiquitous appeal, classic endurance, and an infectious beat that forces you to move.

12. “I Was a Fool” – Tegan and Sara

This song reflects how Sterling feels when Ethan starts changing. He always knew that insane fame was his destiny. But he promised that he would never change. He would always be Sterling’s Ethan, the Ethan she knows better than anyone, the Ethan she fell in love with. Until that promise is broken…

13. “Set Fire to the Rain” – Adele

We all know “Set Fire to the Rain” is the ultimate breakup song. When Sterling’s world is shattered, she questions everything Ethan ever told her. Every promise he made, every passionate whisper in the dark. No matter how many times Sterling hears these lyrics, they resonate so strongly she can barely breathe.

Dedication

This is the dedication page of Now and Forever. The book is dedicated to you, rock star. I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you for making this life possible. You have allowed me to be a full-time author for seven amazing years. And there are many even more amazing years to come.

Thank you thank you THANK YOU for everything. You are, and always will be, my inspiration.

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Excerpts

You can read the first four chapters of Now and Forever in the Susane Colasanti Sampler.

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