Forever Rose is the most recent book in the Casson Family series by Hilary McKay. I read this book to catch up on all the amusing, quirky characters in the series before the new book, Caddy’s World, comes out next month.
I read Saffy’s Angel (the first book in the series) last year and have been working my way through the books. I love to recommend this series to tweens because McKay writes character driven fiction that young people can relate to. The members of the Casson family are by no means perfect (Bill, the father of the family is more often in London than at home; Eve, the mother, spends more time working on her art than she does with her children) but the love that they all have for triumphs over their faults. The books are best read sequentially.
In Forever Rose, Rose (the youngest member of the Casson clan) wonders how everyone has grown up so fast and why they have left her behind. Caddy is MIA and Saffy is busy with her friends and schoolwork. Indigo has a job and is hardly ever home. Rose misses the chaos that used to fill the house. By learning to appreciate the joys of reading and embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with her two best friends, Rose takes steps towards self-sufficiency and learns to develop her own ways to be happy.
Recommendation: 4.5 out of 5 lupines