From debut author and poet Lexa Hillyer comes the lyrical story of four seventeen-year-old friends who receive an unlikely chance to relive the perfect summer . . . and the devastating secret that could unravel it all. Elegant and evocative, Proof of Forever is one of those first novels that hooks you from the beginning and builds toward a stunning—and unexpected—end, calling to mind Gayle Forman and Ann Brashares.
Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe were once best friends. Now they barely speak. That is, until the fateful flash of a photo-booth camera transports them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed. Photos fade. Friendships dissolve. Summers end. But this one will change the girls forever . . . again.
Wendy Wunder calls Proof of Forever "The Sisterhood of the (Time) Traveling Pants for a new generation!"
This book was a lot of fun to read. They were a bit younger then the characters that I tend to read, but yeah, this group of friends had a lot of adventures reliving the summer when they were 15, and it was really great to read!
The idea of going back to relive a summer, knowing what the future holds, and trying to get back to it, well, of course chaos ensues and they change things. They are changed, and they learn more about themselves and what they missed the first time around.
One thing that was something of a mystery in the book is why Joy basically disappeared. And it turns out her reason is pretty heartbreaking. It added a weight to an otherwise pretty light story, giving it a good balance.
I would've liked a little bit of a longer time at the end in the present. It wrapped up nicely, but I would've liked a bit more time for them to deal with what had happened and see how they'd changed, changed how they were now living their lives.
This book was a fantastic read and I enjoyed it immensely!
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Read: March 24th, 2019
Reason Why: Looked really great, and it's a DAC Book, SAC 2019 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: June 2nd 2015