Review: Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Posted May 28, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: Proof of Forever by Lexa HillyerProof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
Published by HarperCollins on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss
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From debut author and poet Lexa Hillyer comes the lyrical story of four seventeen-year-old friends who receive an unlikely chance to relive the perfect summer . . . and the devastating secret that could unravel it all. Elegant and evocative, Proof of Forever is one of those first novels that hooks you from the beginning and builds toward a stunning—and unexpected—end, calling to mind Gayle Forman and Ann Brashares.
Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe were once best friends. Now they barely speak. That is, until the fateful flash of a photo-booth camera transports them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed. Photos fade. Friendships dissolve. Summers end. But this one will change the girls forever . . . again.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was totally enraptured by this book even before reading it, because firstly, HAVE YOU SEEN THAT COVER? IT’S SO PRETTY. Secondly, this book is about time-travelling, but it’s not sci-fi. Which makes it all the more cooler, because hello, contemporary plus time-travelling? Perfect summer read. (Not that it’s summer here, PFFT.) Also, guys, this is the ultimate girls bestfriend book. Or bestfriendS in this scenario. Basically, this book is about four girls, Tali, Joy, Luce and Joy. They used to be best friends, until Joy unexpectedly abandoned them. Two years later, Joy comes back, asking for a reunion between the four of them.For some reason, to recreate another photo strip, the flash from that photo booth sent them back in time, to the summer that changed everything.

Before you start reading this book, grab boxes of tissues, because I shall warn you beforehand that this book will make you cry. To be honest, the character I loved most was Joy. She was the quiet one, the one who’s always there for everybody. And she was the one who left too. Honestly, from the start, I really really wanted to know the reason as to why she left, because nobody seemed to know. But right now? NO. Get this book away from me HAHAHA kidding. Joy had her faults but I feel like she’s the only one who actually tried hard in this book. She wanted them to be together again. And when she finally found a guy for herself (because they all did, really), I was so overjoyed that I may have screamed HAHA.
Until now though, I am still amazed that this author mixed in TIME TRAVELLING with a normal summer bool, and that kind of book could either make it or break it. REALLY. But I love this book and I say, “Good job, Lexa Hillyer!
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