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Falling for Forever (Before Forever) Paperback – June 16, 2017
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5 stars: "I'm in love with this series. Another 5-star worthy book! You can read this story as a standalone. However, this author's writing style is so addictive you won't want to miss The Summer Before Forever." -Danielle Duncan, Chapters Through Life
5 stars: "Wicked book hangover!!! I read this in ONE night. I couldn't put it down and totally ignored everything else I had to do so I could finish the book. Melissa Chambers outdid herself with this story." -Victoria Bunce, Educator
4 stars: "I also loved the parent elements on both Jenna and Miles side. The impact on them made the story even more complicated. I can't wait to read this first book in these series. I really hope we see these characters again." -Laura Mauro, Bookish Things and More
5 stars: "To be honest, I wasn't sure I'd like Jenna after reading her in Chloe's book, but I was pleasantly surprised, finding her a solid character. Miles had that brooding, swoon-worthy leading man vibe that has girls of all ages falling hard. Together, they created a lovely read, but the side characters added a whole new dimension." -Erica Chilson, Wicked Reads
5 stars: "I love this book and this series! A wonderful YA read." -Jessica Calla, author of She Laughs in Pink
4 stars: "I loved that we got little snippets of Chloe and Landon throughout this book. I hope that Chambers will continue on with this series. I would love to catch up with Jenna and Miles six months or a year into the future to see how they're doing." -Sara Newhouse, Bibliophagist
5 stars: "By the end of it, my brain was in a fog. I, apparently, got so lost in it that I was having a rough time coming back to reality. Very few books can do that to me so I commend Melissa Chambers for that." -Jackie, Dauntless Books and Penguins
5 stars: "This book effectively wrapped itself up but, like all the good ones, it left me wanting more of the characters. I hope to see more of Jenna and Miles in the future (even if it turns out to be a re-read)." -Megan, Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest
4 stars: "I found this book to be full of love, hope, friendships, ups and downs. Chambers creates a world that is easy to get lost in and after reading her book you will feel as if you are friends with the characters." -P. Loveday, Lovely Loveday Blog
5 stars: "What a great story that I could not put down. [...] This is my first book by Melissa Chambers and it will not be my last." -Rhonda Ziglar, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "I like the easy flow of [Melissa Chambers'] writing, the vivid way she describes the relationships at the school and the deep emotional connection she obviously has with her characters. Her story is entertaining, fast-paced and inspiring." -Suze, With Love for Books
4 stars: "I am seriously loving this series and this author! [...] Watching [Jenna and Miles] become friends and fall for each other was incredibly enjoyable. I want more!" -Meaghan, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "I also really loved all the friendships in this novel. [...] Having friends you can be real with is a gift, I have friends like that, and I know it is a gift. So it's nice to see friendship like that in fiction." -Eva, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "I wasn't expecting to love Jenna as much as I did, but oh boy, she's amazing. I loved how she faced life, and how confident she was, even if she was scared, she always faced her fears. I just loved her." -Cristina, My Tiny Obsessions
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Young adult age-range: 14+ kissing, swearing, drinking, and drug-usage.
Falling for Forever is the second installment of the Before Forever series. It can be read as a standalone, but I do believe there would be a better emotional impact and connection between the reader and Jenna if they read The Summer Before Forever first. Jenna was Chloe's sidekick in the previous book, and Chloe and Landon are on the pages of Falling for Forever.
#8 in a reality show talent competition (think American Idol), Jenna is turning 18 and ready to take LA by storm. Is it a pipe-dream? Is she being a foolish girl? Jenna's dad wants her to finish high school, and has a proposition for her. If she can get into a creative arts school she was wait-listed to attend, will she forget about LA until she graduates... tricky Dad, he isn't letting his Daddy's Girl go so easily.
With Jenna off to the new school, this opens the Before Forever series wide open, with a whole new cast of characters. Slightly reminded me of the Creative HeArts series, where the story takes place in a creative arts school (loved the series).
The reader and Jenna meet Miles (again). Miles and Jenna have a past together, going back to the talent show audition, and it lends a love-hate vibe to the opener, which is always yummy.
Jenna is confident, girly, and is good at what she does. I realize this may have some readers not liking her. I'm unsure why we women and girls embrace the awkward/geek/tomboy, while always painting the girly girls in a bad light. Neither is bad or good, they're just different from each other. Jenna's a girly girl, but that doesn't mean she's a 'mean girl'. She's very moral, ethical, loyal, and caring. She's flawed, made mistakes, and she owns up to them. But, since she's a celebrity, confident, and knows what she wants and is talented enough to get it, she has a hard time making girlfriends. Chloe is Jenna's only friend until she hits the new school.
Miles is Jenna's male counterpart- confident, top of his class, and has to be good at everything he does. Both have family problems, Miles' dad and Jenna's mom, and that connects them deeply.
While this is a young adult romance, featuring music and a talent show, there are some good messages riding the surface. Children dealing with adult issues. The pressure and stress of forging your own path, when your parents wish you to take the one they are traveling. Peer pressure. Standing up for what you believe in and having your friends' backs. A girl or boy having an opposite sex friend and it only being friendship, even when pressured to date. Trying your best at everything you do.
Jenna's only competition is herself, not because she's arrogant, but because she realizes another's abilities doesn't affect hers. That is the message I hope readers hear the loudest.
To be honest, I wasn't sure I'd like Jenna after reading her in Chloe's book, but I was pleasantly surprised, finding her a solid character. Miles had that brooding, swoon-worthy leading man vibe that has girls of all ages falling hard. Together, they created a lovely read, but the side characters added a whole new dimension.
I'm highly anticipating more from this series and the author, and I most certainly recommend to young adult fans, especially those who enjoy musically inclined characters.
Then this book comes along, focusing on Jenna's character and I'm thinking "oh no! What have I gotten myself into?" Surprise - I really enjoyed Jenna in this book. I loved getting inside her head and seeing how she reacted to things. Just goes to show you can't judge a character by their supporting role.
And Miles, oh Miles! I loved how they clashed at first - and for good reason, too - and then start falling for each other (this is a love story...that's not a spoiler). Miles was the perfect clash for Jenna! And those are always my favorite types of romances!
This book effectively wrapped itself up but, like all the good ones, it left me wanting more of the characters. I hope to see more of Jenna and Miles in the future (even if it turns out to be a re-read). Great book!
Jenna. My oh my, is she a force to be reckoned with. I loved meeting her in THE SUMMER BEFORE FOREVER (Book 1 of this series), and enjoyed getting to know her even more in this story. She's intense, talented, beautiful, outgoing. But she's not perfect. Not by any means, and through the course of the story, she matures and settles (but in typical Jenna fashion- with flair and attitude!).
Miles. Sigh. I love me a nerdy hero, especially a musical genius nerdy hero. That hair, that gangly awkwardness masking a subtle confidence. Miles is going places with his music, even if it's to places his father doesn't approve. Jenna confuses him, infuriates him, and fascinates him.
When these two are forced together, they seem so different (besides their love of music), but manage to compliment each other in the best ways. I loved their banter and their journey from enemies, to friendship, and to love. Also, the setting of this story, Nashville, Tennessee, is a major player in the book. I enjoyed learning about that awesome city and could feel the author's love of it through the pages.
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Falling for Forever is the second book in the before forever series by author Melissa Chambers. The books are all interconnected standalones.Read more
I actually liked the premise and the talent competition.Read more