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.
Proof of Forever is about the bonds of friendship, the trouble of growing up, and the bittersweet yearning for the past.
- Proof of Forever captures the painful reality of friends growing apart with growing up. The confusion and hurt over what when wrong and how it fell apart so quickly is raw and poignant.
- Each character has their own set of issues to deal with both in the past and present. The road to self discovery is gained through remembering who they used to be with the help of good friends lost to time.
- There is a fair bit of diversity and social commentary that isn’t blatant or in your face, it’s a slow forming revelation that brings a greater emotional depth to each story. People of color, LGBT, social classes all mix in and bring a complexity to the story that makes it more real.
- I loved Joy’s story. Her struggles, the fire of new love, her desire to explore and conquer her fears were all powerful and beautiful.
- Some sections are slow and a bit boring.
- Conflicts were left unresolved. The discoveries in the past clashed with those in the current time and were left unspoken for in the future.
- Each girl’s story becomes more individual and personal when the point was to rekindle their friendship. It got a little lost.
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