Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: The Next Forever by Lisa Burstein

  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Ever After)
  • Publication date: 1/14/2013
  • Format: eBook 
  • Source: Own/Purchased eBook
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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 here 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

I loved Pretty Amy, so when I saw that Lisa Burstein was writing a novella about Joe and Amy in college I was so excited!! Though you don't have to read Pretty Amy before this, I highly suggest it so you know the characters and what things they have gone through in the past. It really helps to understand why they are having the feelings they do in this. Even being a short novella, this packs quite a punch. Told in alternating POV"s between Joe and Amy, you get to know how each is feeling. What they expect out of each other, what they are afraid of, what types of doubts they are having. I loved how true their thoughts and emotions were. They really are trying to discover themselves better and wondering if there is room for the other.

Amy is still fragile and broken. She has been through a lot and now she is trying to see if trying to be a "good girl" and doing the whole college thing with Joe is what she really wants. She goes to a party with a random hot guy to test herself. To see if the bad girl she was wants to come out, but there's always Joe in the back of her head. How he makes her feel, how he's always been there. I could really feel how she felt while reading from her POV. She is so lost and confused and doesn't know what she wants. She still feels like she needs other people to make decisions for her, like she isn't strong enough to make them on her own. I was so irritated at her thinking she was being stupid and was going to throw everything away from making  stupid decisions, but I also felt bad for her. I think we have all felt the way she is feeling.

Joe who is always the level headed one decides that he needs something different. He wants to join a Frat, but it's not because of the girls or the parties. It's for what it can do for his future. He knows Amy will be pissed so he lies to her. Then at the party he is expected to hang out with the half naked girls and get drunk, but in the back of his mind is always Amy. He chats up Emily at the party. She's pretty, she's flirty, and she's soaking wet and half naked. Joe is a really great guy, but he too has doubts in his mind. I think it was really great to get in his head more. I really liked getting to know him better.

What seems like an ordinary night at college of course is anything but. Both Joe and Amy are confused and are testing themselves more or less. They really do love each other, but at times you wonder if that love is enough. If they have been through too much and are too different. They are faced with a new place and new experiences and they need to decide whether they want to do it together or not. I thought this was beautiful and thoughtful. I loved going through this night with them and seeing things from both sides. Lisa Burstein is a master at making you love the characters she writes. They are no longer characters, but people who you feel like you really know. I am a big fan and can't wait to read Cassie's story, and Lila's and anything else she writes in between.


18 comments:

  1. Haven't read Pretty Amy but I want too. When will I ever get around to reading all these books?

    This one looks good though. Once you're in love, then what? Does it always work? Sounds good.

    Valerie

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    1. I really loved getting to see them just starting college and being out of their normal environment. They are quite an interesting couple to start, so putting them out in the world as adult to make new choices and experience new things was great.

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  2. Everyone who read this books seems to have LOVED it!! I cant wait to get my hands on this! Great review amy!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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    1. Thanks Farah. This was so good, and like with Pretty Amy, their thoughts were so realistic.

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  3. I'm a bit slow. I didn't realize this went with Pretty Amy. duh. I need to read that. Glad you liked this!

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    1. Hahaha! It was really good. I loved getting to be in Amy and Joe's heads and see how they are doing in the aftermath of everything.

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  4. Aw, crap. I already know I'm going to cry reading this, b/c Lisa knows how to get me in the heart. I can relate to Amy so much. I really can't wait to read this.
    Great review, Amy!

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    1. I so wanted to give Amy a big hug, but also tell her to stop being so stupid lol!! I totally got her though, I understood why she was having the thoughts she was. Lisa did a fabulous job with this one. I knew it was going to be awesome!

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  5. I absolutely love contemporaries where we get both the girl and the guys perspective. I find it works so well in the genre. I haven't read Pretty Amy, but I have had it recommended to me a lot and I really want to. I can't wait to find out more about Amy and Joe's story! Fantastic review!

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    1. I think you would love Pretty Amy! I really enjoyed this novella too. It was a great addition to the story.

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  6. I saw this book on Amazon and wasn't sure to get it. Though you review definitely made me change my mind. I love books like this! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I really need to grab this one since I enjoyed Pretty Amy. And I know Lisa and she's awesome! I'm glad that it was such a great story!

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  8. I haven't read anything from Lisa yet, but I do have this book & one more of hers on the list that I got recently for review. Man, now I'm debating if I should read Pretty Amy before this then. This one def sounds a bit diff than what I usually read, so I'm intrigued! Great review!!!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  9. I've heard so many positive things about Pretty Amy that I can't believe I haven't picked it up yet! Glad that you love Lisa's writing! :) I will definitely be looking into reading her books now!

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  10. Great review! I have been hearing a bit about Next Forever lately and it reminded me that I really need to read Pretty Amy soon. It sounds really good and I have heard great things about Pretty Amy. It's good to know that you don't have to read Pretty Amy to read Next Forever but definitely plan on it.

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  11. Great review! I've been hearing so many good things about this book. I look forward to reading it.

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  12. Ooh, love this idea. I liked Pretty Amy a lot!

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  13. I didn't want to read this review word for word because I have Pretty Amy but haven't gotten the chance to read it yet. Next Forever sounds like a great continuation. I already predict I'll love Pretty Amy so I'm sure I'll be reading this one at some point too. Thanks for giving me another book to look forward to :)

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