Monday, March 25, 2013

For Always by Danielle Sibarium

For Always by Danielle Sibarium
Release Date: October 27, 2011

You never really get over your first love. Such is the case for fourteen-year-old Stephanie Barrano, self-proclaimed misfit and death magnet. A freshman in high school, Stephanie is befriended by Jordan Brewer, a hot, in-demand senior, who pulls her from the outer circle of obscurity into the realm of acceptance. Jordan quickly works his way into Stephanie’s heart. He’s her everything. And the only person she trusts with the truth about her father’s death. But he won’t act on the strong feelings he has for her. Stephanie vows to wait for him, knowing in time she’ll win his heart.  Two months before her eighteenth birthday, Jordan serves as an impromptu prom date. After sharing a magical evening, Jordan leaves Stephanie with the promise of a future together. Then tragedy strikes. Jordan not only shuts Stephanie out, he also blames her for what happened. Feeling broken and beaten, will she try one last time to get through to Jordan or will she lose him forever?  -

Just wow.  I'm on a contemporary kick right now, which is fine by me.  I had kind of gotten burnt out on high concept, paranormal, and/or series type books and just wanted to read some satisfying, one-book stories.  And I've found some really great ones lately, including this one.

This was a touching, serious story that is about characters that meet with true-to-life situations.  What girl hasn't had a serious crush on an older guy and loved him from afar.  Who can't relate to that?  You just had to love Stephanie and cheer her one  You badly wanted her to get this guy.  And who wouldn't want him?  Jordan was an amazing character, so gentle and so sweet to her.  And she was steadfast in her love for him.  Then there's the underlying emotional heartbreak for Stephanie.  Feeling like you bring death to others was horrible for her and it broke my heart.  But Jordan helps her with this, changes the way she views herself.

The romance in this story was gradual, slowly building, and making it even more real and believable and gratifying.  It was definitely an emotionally packed story that had me going until the very end.  The author definitely knew how to pull reaction from her readers.  A very good story! 


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