Kid’s Book Review: Never Forget You

Kid’s Book Review: Never Forget You

About the Book and Author

This story about the four very different teenage girls who became friends whilst boarding at a school just before the start of the Second World War. It is written by bestselling author Jamila Gavin and published by Harper Collins.

The girls find themselves flung to different corners of the war, from the flying planes in the Air Training Auxiliary to going undercover in the French Resistance. Each journey brings danger and uncertainty as each of them wonders if they can make it through – and what will be left of the world. But at the same time, this is what shows them who they really are – and against this impossible backdrop, they find new connections and the possibility of love. But will the four friends ever see each other again?

Never Forget You cover
Jamila Gavin author

Jamila Gavin was born in the foothills of the Himalayas in Mussorie, India, in 1941. After the war, her family relocated to England where she spent the remainder of my childhood. She says that those first experiences of life at that time, between two countries and cultures became the main inspiration for much of her writing because she wanted to reflect the changing face of multicultural Britain, knowing the importance of every child being able to find their mirror image in books.

Her first book, The Magic Orange Tree was published in 1979, followed by numerous other short stories, collections and several novels including The Surya Trilogy (Egmont,) Coram Boy, (Egmont: winner of Children’s Whitbread Prize 2000) and Blackberry Blue, (Random House.)

Book Review

It is a true story about friendship

I loved this book, I found it really eye-opening even through it was fictional. I found DoDo a really fun character, especially at the beginning, with her dreams of becoming an actress so ‘out there’ compared to the time in which the book is set. Any fiction book set in the build-up and during WW2 is going to be incredibly interesting but I found that this book was emotional, funny, heartfelt and at times really sad.

I really felt for Vera. She was constantly struggling to find her family and just herself as a whole.

I am a sucker for a book about a boarding school and this didn’t disappoint. It really showed the friendships you can make with people from all over the world. It is a true story about friendship.

There are times when reading when it may feel like nothings really happening but it does pick up! Many of the adventures inside this book are gripping and heart-breaking.

The book is also written from different perspectives, making the reader sympathise with each character individually by getting to know their thoughts not just another person’s opinions on them.

Overall, I found the book both heart-breaking and brilliant, I loved the settings, found each character was interesting and memorable.

However my favourite aspect is the fact it’s based on a true story.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Ruby
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: tennis, musicals and ice-cream
  • Dislikes: clowns and maths
  • Favourite Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Favourite Song: Softly by Clairo
  • Favourite Film: Cinderella - live action version