Forever is the Worst Long Time Book Review *Camille Pagan*
When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.
As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem just out of reach—he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can’t move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort.
When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined.
Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan is an appropriate title since this book is the worst. The characters are entitled and constant moaners abut how horrible their lives, specifically the male protagonist James who acts as if the sun rises and sets on him. This book spans over 15 years from the POV of James who constantly lusts after his best friend’s wife, Louisa, another entitled person who tries playing the role of a poet. She is just as bad as James but her personality is so lacking she could be a ghost. What’s worse is that James ruins his long term friendship with his best friend by sleeping with Louisa, and then getting her pregnant, leading to a sappy ending that is purposely manipulative just to make the reader have an emotional response.
James wants to be a published author but he barely works on his writing. He acts like he is writing, but he doesn’t. He’s lazy and dull, and goes through life with no real purpose. Through James’s eyes we see how he reacts to the world around him, specifically his oldest friend Rob, and his oh so perfect wife Louisa, who acts like some tragic figure even though her husband adores her and gives her whatever she wants. Louise can stay at home and write her poetry, which she does for almost 10 years, even though nothing comes of it because she’s like James- lazy and boring.
Perhaps James and Louisa are perfect for one another because their entitlement and lacking personalities and boredom of the world around them bonds them to one another. Even when they finally engage in an affair, it’s underwhelming and anti-climatic. The consequences of their actions don’t rock the boat or lead to any shocks or excitement this book needed.
Forever is the Worst Long Time was such a dull read with no real purpose. It’s very one-dimensional with it’s story, plot and characters who are so empty they were more like specs of dust in the sunlight.
Give this one a big pass. (Lake Union Publishing)