One night in college can change everything…
Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…
Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush here the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.
Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.
Before sharing my thoughts about this novella, I just want to say that I haven’t read Pretty Amy. I’d assume reading Pretty Amy would help me understand the character development of Amy better but haven’t read Pretty Amy didn’t take me away from my enjoyment. I’m happy to say that I had a great time reading The Next Forever.
The story unfolds in alternating points-of-view. I like that I got to get inside the heads of both Amy and Joe. Seeing their situation from both sides, I felt I understood the characters better. Based on the synopsis, I assumed they could be tempted to be unfaithful to one another but the story is not so much about temptations from the outside. It’s about the decisions that each of them makes and how they have to bear the consequences of their choices. Because I could feel their inner struggles and read their thoughts, it’s almost as though I were living and breathing with them. It’s seldom that I could connect so deeply with the characters in a novella but through Burstein’s writing, I felt drawn into living this one night that Amy and Joe were going through. I felt moved by the realization that dawned on Amy and I laughed with joyful tears when Joe spoke the truth from his heart.
Beautiful and amazingly written, The Next Forever shows us what responsibility could look like and how it would change and transform a person. If you love stories about choice and accountability, you’d enjoy reading The Next Forever.