Book Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi | Jest Kept Secret


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Title: Furthermore
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: MG Fantasy
Content Warning: The MC is an eccentric child who hates wearing clothing, but that’s about it.


Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

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. 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.


My Thoughts

Tahereh, you brilliant girl! Furthermore was so fun! The worldbuilding (or should I say worlds-building?) was so well done and imaginative. I love the relationship between Alice and Oliver. Both were really well developed and easy to root for. The “villains” were an interesting shade of grey, and the humor was perfect—I laughed out loud and often. I can’t wait to read this with my future kids.

Score: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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    1. Sounds great, I will add this to my “to read” list! Thanks, Jess!

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