Title: All the Forever Things
Author: Jolene Peryy
Page count: 288 pages
Given copy: Kindle eBook
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release date: April 1 2017
Series / anthology / stand alone: Stand alone
Got my copy via Netgalley for an exchange of honest review! Thank you Albert Whitman & Company!
From growing up in the funeral home her family runs, Gabriella knows that death is a part of life and nothing is forever. Yet Bree, her best friend, has been a constant; it’s always been the two of them together against the world. But when Bree starts dating a guy the worst guy from the ultra-popular world, suddenly she doesn’t have time for Gabe anymore. Now the only one at school who wants to spend time with “Graveyard Gabe” is Hartman, the new guy, but Gabe, not wanting to lose her mind over a boyfriend the way Bree has, holds back. It takes a very strange prom night (with the family hearse instead of a limo) for Gabe to truly fall for Hartman. But when she leaves the after-prom party with him, she’s not there for Bree or for the deadly accident that happens that night. Bree survives, but will she and Gabe ever be able to rebuild their friendship?”
I somehow like the story of the BFF thingy and the fact that Gabriella lives in a funeral home. But the story just get me little off while reading it and I didn’t much enjoy it.
The story goes with Gabriella that been all weird. Wearing black dresses and her family runs a funeral home but rather than that she has a best friend, Bree. When Bree started dating Bryce, his worst enemy and ruined her first kissed, she already know her friend is in trouble and Hartman came to her life. He’s been going to her funeral home and being comfortable with it. Until the prom night, one accidents changes Bree and Gabriella life.
The story is pretty dramatic for me and there is somehow that I didn’t know why she have to be like that every time. I just found it pretty annoying for the character itself. What I like about Gabriella is that how she really cares to her friend and she doesn’t want her to get hurt that’s why she’s been there for her every time. I like also the twist of the story of their friendship if they were like tested to each other on how long will they be together to hold on. As for the love that Gabriella has for Hartman, it’s off for me. I skip most of their moments and it didn’t give me much attention.
Overall, I didn’t feel much teenage vibe reading the book. I feel it really slow and like I’m trying so hard to finish this book. I didn’t get much hooked also to the story, like I could easily forget it after the read. It’s just wasn’t for me.
About the Author
Jolene Perry grew up in south central Alaska. She has lived in a cabin on a lake island, sailed the Bahamas, taught middle school and high school, and she married the guy she kissed on her his school graduation night. Her previous novels include OUT OF PLAY and THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU. Jolene lives with her husband and two children in Alaska.
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