Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: For Always

For Always
By: Danielle Sibarium
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Summary: 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?

Review: Vampires, werewolves, faeries, and all the paranormal creatures you can think of have been taking over the Young Adult shelves. No matter what library or bookstore you step into, you are bound to find tons of them. It's time to take a break, and curl up with an outstanding contemporary YA novel. For Always is just perfect for that. The emotion and page turning plot, will have you falling in love with story and characters. 

The main character, Stephanie, doesn't feel like she's wanted or fits in. Everyone feels that at one point which makes it so easy to relate to her. For Always is Stephanie's story of how she grew and she learned who she is. It's through the relationship she has with Jordan that gets her there, yet this is more then just a romance novel.

One things that I loved about For Always is how you follow the characters over a few years. It's not one night or a school year, you get to see how the character change and their lives develop over a longer period of time. While you'll want to know more about Jordan and Stephanie, you won't be left with the feeling that your missing something like in parts of a series. You get to see the beginning, middle and the end in one book. Which I know many readers have been missing.

The relationship between Stephanie and Jordan in For Always was another high point in the novel. Throughout the plot they struggled with their emotions and wanting to be together but life always got in the way. The things these two characters have to go through will bring you on an emotional roller coaster ride.  Danielle Sibarium's writing will you laughing and crying right along with them.

Whether you need a break from the haunting and scary paranormal books out there, or just love a good contemporary novel (especially fan of Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins), you should get a copy of For Always when it comes out on October 27.


If you're in the New Jersey area on Thursday, you should go check out the launch for, For Always. It's going to take place at Booktowne (171 main street) Manasquan NJ! I don't know if I'll be able to make it but I want to go. If I do, maybe I'll see you there.


  1. For Always is absolutely wonderful. Stephanie at age 14 falls hard for Jordan. She knows their meant to be together. Jordan though has a problem with their age difference. Stephanie vows to wait for him until he's ready. Then when Stephanie finally gets a promise of a future together from Jordan something terrible happens and Jordan blames Stephanie.

  2. For Always, one word "Outstanding" I seriously cannot wait to see what comes next! So much potential! I will definitely gift it to a few of my friends.

  3. Very Good and an Easy Read. I Enjoyed it.


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