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Saturday, October 1, 2016
ARC Review: Forever, Again
by Victoria Laurie
Would you ever involve yourself in a murder case? What about a murder and a suicide of two people you don’t even know? Despite being the new girl in school, this is what Lily Bennet and Cole Drepeau get themselves involved in. Forever Again, by Victoria Laurie, is a mysterious novel filled with romance and action around every corner. This book is published by Hyperion, and is due to be released on December 13, 2016.
Three days into the past, Amber Greeley’s boyfriend, Spencer, was found lying in a field behind their school, shot and killed. Ever since Spencer stopped breathing, Amber blocked everyone out. Three days after the death of Spencer, Amber was home alone with her dog Bailey when she, “heard Bailey bark once--a soft woof to alert me. A tear slid down my cheek for Bailey. For leaving her. For leaving them all. I’d placed a letter on the desk, trying to explain, but I couldn’t seem to get the words right, and it pained me greatly to think they’d always have to wonder why,” (Laurie 4). When Amber’s parents return home, they find her body lying on the bed, but all her soul and life gone. Although some people believed Amber killed herself, Lily Bennet knew there was more of the truth to be uncovered.
One of my favorite characters was definitely Gina Greeley, Amber’s mother. Even though she was only mentioned in the book two or three times, she was always so kind and compassionate to everyone after Amber was killed. Gina always tried to look at the better side of things and that was portrayed very efficiently in the book. Even though Gina is a made up character in a novel, she’s definitely someone to look up to. I believe the author wrote this book for multiple reasons. I think the book was mainly written for entertainment, but when you really dig deeper into how the book is written, you can find what the author is trying to inform the reader of. I believe that the author is trying to make the reader more aware of how quickly someone can pass away. You never know when you’re going to have your last moments with someone, and that’s why it’s crucial to make cherish every moment.
I recommend the book, with a rating of 4 out of 5. I liked how there was always something going on that kept you hooked on the book. I got through it in two days, and now that it’s over, I wish the author would have expanded her writing during certain parts. You can learn more about the author and her books at www.victorialaurie.com .
Reviewed by Lizzie S.
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Release Date: December 13, 2016 Hardcover Pages: 368 Age Range: 12-17 *Our class received an ARC of this book to read/review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.