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'Forever Is The Worst Long Time' Book Review

Holly Lipovits

Posted on April 17, 2020 18:20

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A book full of love and loss with a very emotional attachment to the characters, 'Forever Is The Worst Long Time' is one you shouldn't pass up on the shelf.

As long as I am stuck at home (while luckily still employed) I may as well dig into my pile of books that lay beside my laundry hamper unexplored. I decided on a book that intrigued me from the cover to the jacket blurb, called Forever Is The Worst Long Time by Camille Pagán.

The book is brimming with love and loss, heartache and unfaithfulness, with a little unexpected twist along the road. It embarks on a journey with James Hernandez, an aspiring author, who meets up with his oldest friend, Rob, from Michigan to New York to meet Rob's new fiance, Louisa "Lou" Bell. The book takes readers on a journey as the characters grow older, wiser, and go through happy times as well as the lowest of lows. Eventually, James witnesses from afar how the relationship of his friend begins to unravel from betrayal with Lou. As the readers continue to view their struggles and losses, the unexpected happens between Lou and James, forcing the three friends to join forces.

I could not put this book down. It's wonderfully written, full of vivid emotional language and imagery that grasp at your heart, leaving it on your sleeve. While I must admit it was a bit of a struggle to get into at the beginning, I was wholeheartedly pulled in as the story progressed. You grow with the characters, see them changing and going through many experiences that make you love them even more. The characters were real as if you were alongside them; crying with them, laughing with them and smiling with them too. 

Camille Pagán does a wonderful job of pacing the story without it feeling too slow or too fast … it's perfect. While it is indeed fiction, she does something to the characters that make you feel as if it's real with how much depth it entails and how close you feel to them. You truly feel engaged well-throughout it, never do you turn a boring page! The book kept building and suddenly reveals the unexpected, making you feel for these characters. 

While this story does leave you emotional, I without a doubt recommend this during our isolation period, but grab a box of tissues and a blanket … it's going to be a long night!

Holly Lipovits

Posted on April 17, 2020 18:20

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