Evil Grandmas, SATs, and Other Things I’m Iffy About

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When my mom brought home Forever, Again by Victoria Laurie, I immediately thought, chick lit!  and I back peddled.  Not that there’s anything wrong with chick lit; it’s just not my usual cup of tea.  But, after reading the jacket and first page, I decided to give it a chance.  After all, don’t they say not to judge a book by it’s cover?

Lily Bennett has been having nightmares.  She wakes up in a cold sweat, clutching the bloodstain-shaped birthmark.  She’s had the nightmare, the same nightmare, for years, but since she and her mother moved to Fredericksburg, it has been much more frequently.  Soon after classes begin, she meets Cole Drepeau, a handsome, charismatic classmate who seems eerily familiar.  As they quickly become close, Lily discovers a murder that divided the town in 1985, over thirty years previous.

Told in alternating voices, Victoria Laurie tells a story of two girls living a generation apart and decades of family secrets, treachery, and young love.  All in all, it was a good story.  Probably someone who is more of a fan of romantic Young Adult novels would like this better than I did.  The story seemed to deteriorate halfway, and the suspense wasn’t quite as  gripping the last third of the novel.  Because of this, I’m giving it a three star rating.  I would’ve given it a two star but I happened to enjoy the first half, so I added a star.

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