Publisher: KFR Communications
Release Date: November 18, 2011
Challenges: Completely Contemporary Challenge
Rating: 4 stars
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?
Dark and gritty, Danielle Sibarium has delivered a darker YA contemporary that is one enjoyable read. With an enticing plot and good cast of characters, For Always is one book you don’t want to miss.
There isn’t enough good dark contemporary out there, so For Always was such a treat in that way. The beginning of the book felt a bit off to me, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to think. Shortly after this, I was just loving the story and didn’t want it to end.
The characters were so great! I really liked Maria, what a great friend. Stephanie was a strong main character and the pushes and pulls between her and Jordan were something I felt like most people can relate to in some way. I wanted to not like Jordan – he was such a jerk at times, yet I just couldn’t.
For Always by Danielle Sibarium was a fast read where the pages just slipped by. There was a perfect balance of the darker aspects of the plot with the lighter, fun moments between friends. I really enjoyed it, and cannot wait to see what is next for Danielle Sibarium.