Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on July 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Performing Arts, Music, Family, Parents, Romance, Contemporary
The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt...no matter how cute he is in those glasses.
Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though...no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.
Each book in the A Before Forever series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order:Book #1 The Summer Before ForeverBook #2 Falling for Forever
Falling For Forever had such an interesting plot that’s not too common in YA these days. It was great to see it focus basically around an event (talent show) in which all of the characters wanted to win, and from there we saw how relationships not only grew but were tested when this group of teens were all thrown together. I liked the group dynamics and how everyone had their own part to play within not only the group but at the school as well. There’s nothing better than a YA book where the characters are all stuck at school, forced to interact with each other all day, everyday. This book is chalked full of juicy moments where the sparks and secrets fly.
“I hate surprises…at least ones where everyone finds out I stole their good friend’s future.”
I really like YA novels and those geared towards the upper teens, so I was super excited about this book. Though with this being said, I did have a bit of a hard time getting into it and actually liking the characters – mainly the heroine, Jenna. The heroine was quite self entitled and cocky upfront, which I found very unflattering, but as the story progressed this thankfully dropped off. After about the halfway mark, I really started to love this book. I feel like this is where the author really hit her stride and became comfortable with the characters and her story, because this is where it all started to piece together for me. There was development in both the character relationships and the plot, we were witnessing some exciting drama, and the story (in my opinion) started to flow more smoothly.
“I’d be so stupid to kiss her, but I’d be even more of an idiot if I let this moment…her and me alone in this apartment…go without doing what I’ve been dying to do for what feels like forever.”
Can I just say, off topic slightly, I know, but OMG! This is ultimately geared towards younger readers. Some of which might still have questions or not understand all of the dynamics of sexual intercourse. With this is mind, please NEVER have a character feed false info about what to do to in regards of safe sex and preventing pregnancy. It was just a small comment but I swear, I yelled really loudly in my head “DON’T DO THIS” when I saw it.
I thought it was an interesting direction for the author to pick this specific hero as opposed to say, the popular guy at the school, but I’m really glad she did. There was just something so endearing about Miles and his almost cute timidness. He was a great match for Jenna. Not only did he keep her grounded, but he did so while still challenging her and making her evaluate her style. Plus, the were adorable. I really enjoyed how they just acted average to me, the relationship wasn’t physically rushed just because people were pressuring them. They got to know each other on their own terms and went from there.
I hold out my hand. “And this is Miles…the boyfriend.”
Landon offers his hand. “May God be with you.”
The ending here was so creative and cute, I thought it was brilliant! I loved the way the author did that. Engrossing writing, a smart plot and dynamic characters will have the readers wanting more! I can’t wait to go back and read Chloe’s book now.
“What I’ve got planned may be suicide, but it’s my funeral, baby, and I’m throwing a party for it.”
*An ARC a was received in exchange for an honest review.