3.5 stars to Ever by Jessa Russo

Published October 29, 2013 by katheryn13

 

Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious.

Of course, it doesn’t help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible.

Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.

Some girls lose their hearts to love.

Some girls lose their minds.

Ever Van Ruysdael could lose her soul.

 

Review:

Ever, your average home-schooled teenager, has a secret and that secret is her best friend Frankie. Frankie died two years ago in a car crash yet he never left. Living in Ever’s house, Frankie’s ghost is a daily reminder that she can never truly have the kind of relationship she wants with her best friend because he’s, well, dead.

Sick of being head over heels in love with her dead best friend, Ever finally shows interest in another guy when a mysterious, handsome stranger moves into the house next door. Toby, the handsome and mysterious stranger, meets and Ever and BAM! Fireworks. Despite the guilt Ever harbours about trying to move on from Frankie, her and Toby hit it off from the get-go.

Excited and dizzy with new love, Ever is willing to overlook Toby’s vagueness of what it is his family does but when Toby’s psychotic bitch of an ex-girlfriend, Ariadne, comes into town determined to do anything to get her man back, all the secrets come to light.
Toby is a soul collector:  a guide who transports lost and stubborn souls into the afterlife. After finding out that Toby used Ever to get close to Frankie, can Ever forgive him? Even if he did really fall in love with her in the process?
Ever is the first book in a trilogy and the ending sets up for the second book very well. The tone, despite the depressing themes of grief and death, was rather light thanks to Ever’s (living) best friend Jessie who was not only the comic relief but also a well rounded character with an interesting sub-plot of her own.
There were enough sub-plots and plot twists to give the reader a break from the heaviness of Ever’s main internal conflict over her feelings towards Toby and Frankie which would have otherwise been tiresome. I think the writer did a good job in finding the balance.
It was a quick, light read and so I would recommend this to anyone in a reading slump looking for something simple and different.
Sophie

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