Do you ever wish for a second chance? A do over? What if you could get a second chance, but it had a time limit, a clock with built in count down? Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer is a book that on the surface seems to be the typical summer camp, growing up, second chance romance kind of book, but was really much more. It had a unique time travelling twist that kept me interested, but the ending is what really caught my attention. Two years ago, four girls, Luce, Joy, Tali and Zoe were best friends, but Joy walked away from the group, for reasons unknown, and they all just drifted apart. So when Joy asks them to meet up at a camp reunion, they show up, resentful, to take pictures in the photo booth, where they are transported back in time two years previously. They have one week to try to piece together what went wrong and get themselves back into the right time. The girls learn a lot of life lessons, grow up a ton, and honestly learn a lot about empathy along the way.

I had a hard time at first getting into this book, it was confusing with the narrative constantly switching between the four main characters. While the beginning of the book was a bit slow for me, the ending completely engaged me, I found a couple of the girls in particular to be very compelling and I almost wished that more time had been spent just focusing on one person’s story at a time, because each girl had such a unique storyline. The diversity between the four girls was really fascinating, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers here so just trust me in that the characters are even more diverse than they first seem.

All in all, the book was a fun summer read, with engaging characters and a unique twist. Though, at about the halfway point when the characters become real and I started to care for them, the end became a heartbreaker.

Published by Sarah BooksBeforeBandaids