Publication Date: June 2, 2015 by HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Special thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the review copy!]
Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.
After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.
Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.
Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.
Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever.
The idea of going back to change the past always gets my attention. Although the book didn’t excite me as much as my previous reads, it was enough to keep me reading, to make me want more–and that’s the point. Being enough is okay–it doesn’t mean anything negative.
The first three quarters were okay for me, but the fourth quarter? I didn’t see it coming. I never thought the fourth quarter would reveal something so big. It’s that I should have noticed in the early chapters, but I didn’t look because I didn’t expect there’d be something to look out for.
Bing Bong moment, bookish friends. That’s all I can say.
Okay…for the sake of the readers who are not convinced yet–I’ll tell you something more about the book.
It successfully pieced Then and Now together. It’s very similar to the idea of The Night We Said Yes–only that time travel didn’t happen in the latter. The night was just recreated.
The girls in this book were given the chance to change the past–and that is something everyone wished for at least once in their lifetime: to go back and do things differently.
Proof of Forever tells us that we can go through life in many ways, but we’ll always end up where we should be.
Initial Rating: 4.3125/5
Final Rating: 4.81/5
True friendship is almost as rare as true love.