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Never Gone Paperback – September 14, 2012
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"Never Gone is a ghost story for a new generation - a twisty journey through a young girl's battle with death, grief, and the discovery of family secrets that threaten to undo her world. Garver tackles difficult subjects with depth and grace, weaving the complexities of faith with the complexities of growing up." --Heidi Willis, author of Some Kind of Normal
A story of redemption, of hope in the face of intense sorrow, and of great personal growth, Never Gone is a touching read. --A Word's Worth (awordsworth.blogspot.com)
This book is full of twists and turns, of love and forgiveness, and of faith and clarity. This story is beautiful and inspirational and can reassure someone in pain that things will get better....a great read. --Dee at O.D. Reviews
About the Author
Laurel Garver holds degrees in English and journalism and earns a living as a magazine editor. She enjoys quirky independent films, word games, British television, Celtic music, and mentoring teens at her church. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
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Despite being about grief and death, Never Gone is a very hopeful book; at the same time, I appreciated that the author was willing to go to some very dark places. Dani's disturbing dreams, in which she sort of constructs a new, healthier body for herself, were especially powerful. The descriptions of art were also very well done, particularly the breathtaking scene when Dani works with color rather than her usual pencils at the end. Overall, Never Gone is a moving look at one girl discovering that she can survive the deepest loss, and that the people she thinks she knows best just might surprise her.
"...I search for a tender, new heart. I know it will have the honeyed scent of snowdrops that fight to bloom through ice."
"Something in my mind, like an eye behind my eye, sees angel shapes in shadows of our lamp-lit street."
The characters were real and fun. I loved Theo. Even the secondary characters grabbed me, especially Hugh.
Finally, I appreciated the honest way Ms. Garver dealt with loss, anger, doubt, and faith. She never took any shortcuts or easy answers. I'd definitely recommend it!
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