“Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again.”
Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.
Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.
When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.
A story about loss, anger and grief, Forever Innocent gives us a glimpse of what guilt may do to people when they incessantly blame themselves for destroying the possibility of joy in every waking moment of their lives.
While the theme may seem somewhat heavy, the characters are not entirely powerless.
Corabelle may appear quiet and tame but when she opens up, you can tell she loves having a great time bantering and doing silly little things.
Gavin may not seem to have the friendliest personality but I like that he never gives up on what’s meaningful and valuable to him.
I also like Corabelle’s friend, Jenny – she’s so bubbly and loyal that I just want to give her a big hug for what she did towards the end of the story!
Although I think a lot of the miscommunication can be avoided if the characters are honest upfront, I can sympathize on why they feel reluctant and undeserving to express their inner torment with one another.
When I read this book, I didn’t expect I’d need a box of tissue by my side but I totally needed it – I had lost count of the number of tissues I had to use but it’s heart-wrenching to re-live the moment of baby Finn through the eyes of Corabelle and Gavin!
Overall, Forever Innocent is an engaging-read.
I don’t think I’ll forget this story any time soon.
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