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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
As noted in the author’s foreword: “Neighbors and best friends Paul and Felicia hoped they’d be friends forever. But as they change, so does their friendship. He shouldn’t have kissed her...She shouldn’t have liked it. Starting school changed everything.” As what they deemed the minority in their small town Maine school, Felicia and Paul face a school year as the “non-white” duo. Paul hails from Chicago and Felicia’s Haitian family observes a different set of rules when it comes to dating and family communication; but being neighbors there are allowances made to enable their friendship to flourish. What begins as a common bond in their shared love for comic books soon grows into something neither understand nor are even ready to accept. Will they beat the odds and allow themselves to discover the mysteries of love?
The Unforgettables by G.L. Tomas is an honest, coming of age story of young love that addresses issues of cultural diversity. This unforgettable novel is refreshingly sincere in its take on young love. The characters are relatable, the dialogue is fun, and the family dynamics are heart-wrenchingly realistic. Tomas is obviously in sync with the interracial difficulties and cultural differences experienced by young readers in this melting pot we call America. As a former public school educator, I firmly believe that this title belongs on the shelves of every school library in the country. Lessons of tolerance and acceptance are clearly stated in vivid descriptions in this wonderfully told story. This book is absolutely delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed it.