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Jenna was a successful candidate of America's Newest Sensation. She even had a place in the top ten and is a little bit famous because of it. When she turns eighteen she wants to go to Los Angeles to succeed in the music business. She's made one promise, however, when her father manages to get her into Nashville's Academy of Creative Arts before her birthday she will stay another year to finish high school before she leaves. Her father makes the impossible possible and Jenna will go to a new high school to graduate. She doesn't expect her past to catch up with her at a school where she thought she didn't know anyone though.
Miles wanted to be a contestant at America's Newest Sensation as well, but he missed his chance. He wants to go to college and to be able to study music he has to pay his own way. That's why the school's talent show is incredibly important to him. The winner will receive a large sum of money and the amount will be even higher when it's being used for an education. That means Miles is now competing against Jenna and that will be tough. Miles doesn't want to like her, but he can't help himself. Jenna might be a competitor when it comes to earning the money, but she's also friendship material and maybe more. Is it possible for them to connect while so much is at stake?
Falling for Forever is a wonderful romantic story with two very talented main characters. Jenna is confident, she loves the stage and she can sing. Her most important quality when it comes to performing is that she has plenty of pizazz. It is impossible for people to dislike her and her open and disarming attitude charms even the most grumpy people. I really liked her cheerful nature and it made reading about her a lot of fun. It's interesting to see how she interacts with Miles. Even though they share a passion for music Miles is Jenna's exact opposite in many ways. He's timid and a bit of a nerd. He is handsome, but doesn't wear the right clothes and he's gifted, but he doesn't show off. I liked how their differences make them become close and their story is fascinating because of their pushing and pulling as a result.
Melissa Chambers writes about music in a catching way. I like the easy flow of her writing, the vivid way she describes the relationships at the school and the deep emotional connection she obviously has with her characters. Her story is entertaining, fast-paced and inspiring. I love books about creative people and enjoyed reading about what Jenna and Miles do with their skills. Melissa Chambers has made them energetic and dynamic. They are both special and for me that was the best thing about Falling for Forever. The story captivated me from beginning to end.
If you love romantic stories about wonderful talented young adults who love music you will definitely like Falling for Forever. It's the second book in the Before Forever series and even though Jenna is also a character in The Summer Before Forever it can easily be read as a standalone.
About Melissa Chambers
About Melissa Chambers
Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).
First book in the Before Forever series
Review by Suze
Chloe is glad she can leave her hometown behind for a few months. She's relieved she can stay with her father for the summer. Her best friend Jenna is coming with her. Chloe's father lives in Florida, in a resort near the beach, together with his fiancée and her son. Chloe hasn't met them yet, so she can use her best friend's support. She hopes her future stepbrother will be nice and brotherly. She needs this summer to recharge her batteries and to find herself again after the awful time she's had. Jenna puts a bucket list together for Chloe that contains ten goals she needs to achieve while she's there. She's sure this will give Chloe the confidence she desperately needs. Is it a good plan and will it work out the way it should?
Landon's mother has given him clear instructions, he has to keep his distance from Chloe and Jenna. It's fine if they spend time together, but he's a guy and they are pretty girls, which is usually a dangerous situation. He's a gentleman and he thinks he can do it, but when he sees Chloe he isn't so sure anymore. They both have their secrets and opening up isn't easy. Plus they will be brother and sister in a few weeks. Will Landon be able to obey his mother or is it too difficult for him to follow her orders?
The Summer Before Forever is a beautiful sweet story. Chloe is a kindhearted girl. She's terribly shy, but she doesn't run away from a challenge. She knows what she wants and she's very talented. Landon is smart and he's a real gentleman. He's a guy many girls dream about, but this doesn't make him arrogant. He's insecure rather than cocky and that makes him adorable. I immediately loved Chloe and Landon's connection. They are absolutely wonderful together.
I like that Melissa Chambers mixes humor with serious topics. Jenna is a whirlwind and her actions often made me laugh. She's a handful, but she's also a loyal and loving friend, which is exactly what Chloe needs. Both Chloe and Landon have to deal with difficult issues and I loved how sympathetic Melissa Chambers writes about them. She describes their feelings in a considerate and truthful way. She also shows that people are more than just their limitations, which is a fantastic message. There's quite a bit of depth in this story, while it's also romantic and cute. Melissa Chambers has a vivid writing style with a good flow and everything about this book felt exactly right. I enjoyed reading this fabulous summer story very much and highly recommend it.
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