Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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. Wendy Wunder calls Proof of Forever "The Sisterhood of the (Time) Traveling Pants for a new generation!"
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
“Our camp years are forever behind us. I get that. But I know, deep down, that you guys have to be sad about that too. That it meant something to you, just like it did to me.”
This was a contemporary time-travel/ do-over story, with an unexpected ending.
The characters in this were all okay, but I didn’t really love any of them. They all came across as quite immature and even selfish in places, and they did irritate me at times.
“So… you’re suggesting we hang around in the past for five days and then… take a bunch of glam shots in the photo booth and hope it works like a time machine in the other direction?”
The storyline in this involved the four girls accidentally going back in time and re-doing their summer at camp when they were 15. They tried to recreate what they had done previously in order to take the same photo as they took at the end of that summer, hoping that that would trigger their return back to the present.
“The photo from two summers ago?” Joy asks.
“The photo from this summer,” Luce says slowly.
“Right.” Tali nods. “It’s totally erased. Gone. Like it never happened.”
This was all very well and good, but it was a bit of an odd one that the girls were trying to do exactly what they had done before, but to see things in a new light. Bit odd. Anyway, I can’t really say that I found this all that interesting really, I lost interest quite early on, and the most excitement I got from this book was when one girl thought that she might not want to return to her present life.
“It’s blank because it hasn’t happened yet,” Zoe says.
“Wha are you suggesting?” Tali frowns.
Zoe shrugs. “I don’t know… maybe we have to, like, take it again.”
There was some romance, but I wasn’t all that big of a fan really. The problem was that I knew that the girls were all about to go back to the future, and leave their holiday romances behind, which was a bit of a dampener really.
“This sounds crazy,” he whispers. “But do you believe in love at first sight?”
The ending to this did have a little surprise in store, and I hadn’t guessed it for a moment. It was a bit of a weird ending though, and reminded me a bit of the last 2 episodes of Dawson’s Creek (anybody else watched that?).
5 out of 10