Fredrik has the world's biggest smile. He is worldly-wise and always knows what to say. Everyone who meets him is soon captivated. And now he's Elin's boyfriend. Imagine that! It's like landing the lead role in a romantic film. Really, it is. Right up until text messages from Bjørn start arriving. And right up until the worst thing imaginable happens.
Fordi jeg elsker deg is Elin's story. A story about love and being in love, and about manipulation, abuse and deceit. Helene Uri has written a book that is touching and shocking, but that also depicts the vulnerability and mood swings of youth. Protagonist Elin is in no way a victim. She is clearheaded and strong and knows what she wants. This only makes the age-old question for abusive relationships all the more valid: why does she stay?
Fordi jeg elsker deg recognises that violence against women is not age-related, and Helene Uri's novel can be read by young adults
as well as teenagers.
'Fordi jeg elsker deg is a classic young person’s novel, in the best sense. It is about love; close bonds between girl friends; relationships between parents and children; feelings which swing between ecstasy and pure fear; the first sexual experiences. It is also about having a power-mad lover, who gradually turns violent. Uri handles these themes gently and credibly as she describes the swings of Elin’s emotional pendulum, from intense love to despair, till she doesn’t even trust her nearest and dearest. Elin is ashamed of being hit. … Uri’s writing is simple and controlled. … Above all, the tempo, energy and intensity make this a lively novel. You will be reluctant to put this book down before you have reached the last page.’
‘It is relevant to my life as a young person, and to young people generally. It includes relevant topics which I recognise in my own life, and which I think most young people can identify with. Through Elin’s story we can read about love, manipulation, friends, family, betrayal, modern technology and falling in love. … Helene Uri manages to build up an atmosphere throughout the whole book which means that you just have to go on reading to find out what happens on the next page.’
Hedda N. Mong, pupil in class 2 at senior high School
’Because of its theme and its target market, Fordi jeg elsker deg has an educational element, but first and foremost Uri invites us to think more deeply about what it means to be exposed to violence within a couple. … The realism of this novel’s basic story makes it appropriate for young people, but also invites an older readership to thoughtful reflection. Uri has written a very thought-provoking and deeply moving novel about an ever-present theme.’
’Unfortunately, I believe that many girls recognise themselves in Elin’s story. It is a sad measure of worldly reality, but a winner for Helene Uri.’
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