Friday, 22 February 2013

Review: The Next Forever by Lisa Burstein


Title: The Next Forever

Author: Lisa Burstein

Series: Pretty Amy #1.5

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publication date: January 2013

Format: ebook - book tour

Genre: New Adult | Contemporary 


One night in college can change everything…

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…

Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush—where the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.

Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.

My thoughts:

As soon as I started reading this I immediately fell in love with how well established these characters are. Their personalities just jumped out at me and I immediately became curious as to what would change about them towards the end of the read.


I also loved how this read was set out as well as how it was paced. It was such a quick read that the author could make everything happen in real time over the span of a single night. I also loved how the points of view would jump between Amy and Joe - I knew what both characters were thinking at every moment which was great considering what the story is about. 


However, I was disappointed a little in how much I already knew what was going to happen. I know the whole point of the book is to test relationships because the characters are in a new environment but I wanted to believe the relationship was seriously on the brink of becoming non-existent. I wanted to anticipate something bad happening so that I could feel for the characters. It just didn't happen so I didn't really take what was happening seriously because I knew what the result would be. 


I suppose even though I enjoyed the writing and the story itself, I didn't really like what it puts across. To find out if you're meant to be with someone, you don't have to go and test yourself with somebody else. 


Overall this was a sweet, quick story that had its moments. It's not one I would put on the favourites shelf though.


My rating: 6/10



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Natalie Frampton said...

Thanks for this review. Sounds like an alright quick read

Jen Ryland/YA Romantics said...

I didn't know there was a Pretty Amy novella, so thanks for the heads-up!