Sunday, October 5, 2014

Best Friends Forever: Never Let You Go review

This book review is part of my Blogtober celebration, my month-long blog party about all things creepy and Halloween-y! If you've got a fall-related post, make sure to add it to the Linky!

Never Let You Go by Emma Carlson Berne
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 240
Keywords: summer, suspense, revenge
Format Read: copy from publisher (thank you!)
Megan never meant to hurt her best friend, Anna. She made a mistake, and she's spent all year trying to regain Anna's trust. So when Anna invites her to spend the summer on her uncle's farm, Megan is excited and relieved. The past is finally behind them.
On the farm, Anna quickly falls for Jordan, a rugged summer-hand. Megan and Jordan have their own spark, but Megan's betrayed Anna once before and she's not about to do it again.
Still, the more time that Megan and Jordan spend together, the harder it is to deny their chemistry. But Anna doesn't like to be ignored and she doesn't forgive and forget. What started out as the perfect summer is about to take a very dark turn.
This book had one of those vibes of the beginning of a horror movie, where everything is bright and sunny and happy and you know it's all just going to go downhill and scare the shit out of you. That would be an understatement.

It starts with Megan already feeling apologetic for something that happened in the past, and she comes right out and tells us — she kissed her best friend's boyfriend. Sure, I sided with her. I mean, I personally would have been more careful, but both parties were drinking and he kind of jumped her. And she backed away pretty quickly. Still, it hurt Anna, which I also understand.

As the book goes on, the complicated relationship between Megan and Anna unfolds. It's so complex for such a short book, and I really felt like I'd known these two for years and had extremely strong opinions on who should do what even though I'd just started reading about them. But that's when things take a turn for the creepy. And awesome. Wow, does Berne know how to make me jump up from my bed and check for cockroaches. Yes, that happened. I felt like something was crawling on me for a while, and my heart rate was rapidly increasing the further I got, and I physically could not put the book down because I was afraid something was going to happen to one of the characters while I was away (not reading, which I'm aware makes NO sense).

Jordan was okay, but there are plenty of things I think he made mistakes with, Anna being one of them. But his actions were understandable mistakes, considering these are high schoolers and emotions are high, especially when everyone's living in tight quarters.

The characters were strong and complicated, the plot was SO INTENSE, and I'm not going to say much more other than that this book is one of the most perfect for a sunny afternoon in fall. It will fully creep you out to your very core, and you will love every minute of it.

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