Falling for Forever
Falling for Forever (Before Forever, #2)
by Melissa Chambers
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 03 Jul 2017 | Archive Date 10 Jul 2017
Entangled Publishing, LLC, Entangled: Teen
The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt...no matter how cute he is in those glasses.
Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though...no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.
Each book in the A Before Forever series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 The Summer Before Forever
Book #2 Falling for Forever
Praise for The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever, #1):5 stars: "Landon ... sigh... every girl should have a Landon in her life at some point. He's sweet but masculine, protective but not overbearing, perfect but not." -Jessica Calla, author of the Sheridan Hall series
5 stars: "The only reason I gave this book five stars is because I can't give it more!" -Moriah, A Leisure Moment
5 stars: "Loved, loved, loved!! This is a fabulous YA read that had me hooked from the first page. Chloe and Landon are such great characters and their story is so heartwarming. Jenna is outrageous and I hope we will see her story. You just know there is so much more to her than her big personality lets on. The writing is great and the pace of the story is quick and easy. I was almost to the end of the book before I ever realized." -Bette Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "If you're looking to read a romance and/or something like the Did I Mention I Love You series, then I suggest you read this as I loved it." -Liv, Liv's Wonderful Escape
5 stars: "I read this book when I was able, even forfeiting sleep to do so. The characters were very well-developed, and the story was written with grace. I loved that she told the story from Landon's point of view, and thought that it really helped me to understand the story. I cannot wait for the next book. When this book is officially released, do yourself a favor, and buy it." -Heather Smith, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "I give the book a huge "thumbs up!" With the dual POVs from Chloe and Landon, the reader is given full insight into both characters. A great beach read! I will definitely be reading more from this author!!!" -Nightly Reading
5 stars: "This book is so great, a quick read as well." -Emmyjo, The Book Slayer77
5 stars: "This was a very fun read for teen romance readers, with believable family drama, sexy teenage angst, and interesting real life problems. When things rang true - friends who know you better than anyone else, but may or may not have your best interests in mind and the connection of finding someone else who understands exactly what you are going through - the book was at its best. Unique details - like Landon's personal challenges or Chloe's friend and her minor celebrity status - made the story more memorable and engaging." -Lissa, Goodreads Reviewer
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“Falling for Forever” is the second installment in the “Before Forever” YA romance series. It is intended to be read as a stand-alone, and follows a secondary character from the first book on her new adventures. For people who have read the first book (though not necessary), we know Jenna as the wacky but loyal BFF of Chloe who had her moments of fame on the show “America’s Newest Sensation” (e.g. America’s Got Talent). Jenna has confidence in spades and loves to perform. She turns 18 in the middle of her senior year of high school, and she has plans to leave for LA at that time. In an effort to convince her to stay, her father has bartered that if she gets into an elite artistic high school in Nashville, she will finish out her high school there before going to LA. Jenna and her father are extremely close- they became closer when her mother abandoned them for 3 years when she was younger and their relationship has remained strong (their relationship really shines in this book). Jenna has a distant relationship with her mother, who she suspects never really wanted her and is constantly on the search for a way out. Somehow her father has pulled it off, and she gets into the elite artistic high school. The icing on the cake is the talent show for which students audition, where they are viewed by talent scouts and the winner is awarded a 25k prize (which doubles to 50k if they use it for college tuition). The money would be invaluable to Jenna as she makes her way in LA. The money would also be invaluable to Miles, whose father, though loving, wants him to follow in his footsteps and not attempt to make a career out of art (so he won’t pay for the college which Miles wants to attend). The perspectives alternate between Jenna and Miles- although they shouldn’t know each other, they have a bad track record. The only time they met was at auditions for “America’s Newest Sensation”- when Miles stepped out to go to the bathroom, she stole his number and his audition spot. While she made it onto the show, he never even got to officially audition. This book is a perfect example of hate-turned-love done well, and I absolutely loved it. Most of my concerns from the first book disappeared with this second book. Although there’s still a lot of talk and focus on sex (unnecessarily huge part of the story but maybe this is just teenage love?), the rest of the build-up for their relationship is so much fun and cuteness that I adored the story anyway! I will say that although everyone is talking about it a lot, there is no explicit sexual content (aside from making out) in this book. Miles and Jenna are really easy characters to like and their personalities shine through the alternating viewpoints. I also really enjoyed the positive parental relationships that shine through this book (Jenna’s father and Miles’s parents)- it’s always nice to see some positive examples like this in a YA book. Overall, this is a really cute teenage love story, and I highly recommend it! It makes me really excited to see where this series will go next (Greta??). Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Falling for Forever is the second book in the Before Forever series. I'm in love with this series. Another 5-star worthy book! You can read this story as a standalone. However, this author's writing style is so addictive you won't want to miss The Summer Before Forever. Jenna has dreams of being a star. She has had a taste of the limelight and she wants more. After reaching America's Newest Sensation's top ten, she is more than ready to pack her bags and head to LA. She may be about to turn 18, but that doesn't mean she is ready to leave her family behind. She is very close with her dad, and in his last attempt to hold onto her a little longer he offers her a new life-line. Miles knows who Jenna is and is less than impressed with her. She is overconfident and he is happy to bring her down a peg or two. These two are from different backgrounds. They are both bursting with talent but when they go head to head things are about to get complicated. This isn't a love-hate relationship. It's just a little complicated. I loved this book. I would happily read anything by this author, and I know I would like it. I'm addicted!! I would recommend the Before Forever series to the 16+ (U.K) audience or the young at heart. 5 Stars out of 5. Thank you to Melissa Chambers, Chapter by Chapter Blog tours, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair review.
Wicked book hangover!!! I read this in ONE night. I couldn't put it down and totally ignored everything else I had to do so I could finish the book. Melissa Chambers outdid herself with this story. The tug back and forth between Jenna and Miles was spot on and I couldn't go to bed until I found out if they got together, who won the talent contest, and what would happen with her parents on top of everything else. Awesome ending too - how everything comes full circle - once you read it, you'll understand what I mean. :) Ms. Chambers did an awesome job of weaving the threads of several characters and their stories in this book and it was riveting. I am going to buy more from this author RIGHT NOW. Highly recommend this book.
Last summer, I read and reviewed the first book in this series (The Summer Before Forever). I really enjoyed the story but it only made it to 4 stars. And Jenna Quigley's character just wasn't a favorite. I loved Chloe but Jenna? A loyal friend, yes. Not my cup of tea, though. Then this book comes along, focusing on Jenna's character and I'm thinking "oh no! What have I gotten myself into?" Surprise - I really enjoyed Jenna in this book. I loved getting inside her head and seeing how she reacted to things. Just goes to show you can't judge a character by their supporting role. And Miles, oh Miles! I loved how they clashed at first - and for good reason, too - and then start falling for each other (this is a love story...that's not a spoiler). Miles was the perfect clash for Jenna! And those are always my favorite types of romances! This book effectively wrapped itself up but, like all the good ones, it left me wanting more of the characters. I hope to see more of Jenna and Miles in the future (even if it turns out to be a re-read). Great book!
I received an e-arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book! By the end of it, my brain was in a fog. I, apparently, got so lost in it that I was having a rough time coming back to reality. Very few books can do that to me so I commend Melissa Chambers for that. I enjoyed seeing Chloe - and for a brief period of time, Chloe's mom and also Landon - again and how she's doing. I also enjoyed getting to know Jenna because I knew there had to be a lot more to her. It was interesting getting to know her father and how her mother was. I also enjoyed learning about Miles and loved that him and Jenna ended up clicking. I found it interesting that they had a very brief past even before the first book started and that they were able to move on from trying to get vengeance on each other. I'd love to read more about their life after high school - find out where Miles will be attending school because it was up in the air where it ended - and to also find out if Jenna will make it big. Thank you netgalley for providing me the opportunity to check out both books.
Last summer I read The Summer Before Forever and it ended up being one of my favorite read of 2016. Obviously, when I saw that book 2, Falling for Forever, was about to get released I had to request it... especially because I really wanted a book about Jenna. I can tell you that while I love The Summer Before Forever I might ended up loving this one a little bit more. First of all, I really enjoyed the concept of the book and the fact that it was set in a Creative Arts School. I also really loved the fact that was set in Nashville. For some reason there are not a lot of books that are set in Nashville and I love when I find one. Then we have the characters... I loved them. In the first book I really liked Jenna but at some points she would annoy me a bit. Because of that I was a little bit scared to read something in her POV. That was all for nothing because Jenna was awesome. She's one of those girls who's really confident and knows what she wants from her life but inside she's vulnerable. I quite liked that aspect about her because she showed that in the end what matters is to be yourself even if you're scared of it. I also loved that she gave zero sh*ts about what people said about her. GO GIRL! I also really liked Miles. Look, Miles is no Landon but he's amazing on his own right. He was such a great guy. I loved how much he cared for his friends and how much he supported them. I have to tell you that sometimes I would have liked him to stand a little bit for himself (especially when someone did stupid things) but in the end he did it because he loved those people like they were his family. I also really loved their relationship. Their relationship didn't start in the best way, mainly because of stuff Jenna did in the past, but I really liked the fact that it wasn't something that got between them for a long time. Also, the development in their relationship was quite cute and they were great together. They were adorable and everyone knows how much I love adorable stuff. However, while this was a romance I have to applaud Melissa Chambers for making this about family and friendship also. She did this in the first book, and that was one of the high points of that book for me, but in this one it was even more noticeable. First we have Jenna's dad who is the best dad ever. I loved the connection between them and how much they supported each other. Miles mom was also amazing (even if I didn't agree with some of her views) and while I didn't love his father I could see he still loved Miles. But the best part was the friendships. One thing I loved is that Chloe (and Landon) was still very much in Jenna's life even if living one hour and a half away from each other and not spending a lot of time together. I also loved Miles and Jenna's group of friends. They were awesome. I might have had a few problems with Nicolette and Nat at certain points but I know that what they wanted was the best for their friends. Also, Dev, Jasmine, Shane and Greta were amazing. I wouldn't mind a book about Shane or even Greta. Can one of the two have a book please?? I would read that. Being my second Melissa Chambers book I kind of knew what to expect from her writing and, once again, I loved it. She did an amazing job in this book. The book was fast paced and well-written and I loved that featured a dual POV and that Jenna and Miles had distinct voices. Overall, this was a perfect summery book. I loved everything about it so I obviously have to recommend this one (and the previous one) to everyone else. You won’t be disappointed for sure.
we met jenna in the summer before forever, she's chloe's best friend with an outsize personality and a heart of gold. she's a bit of a star, having placed 8th in a talent show competition, and plans to head off to l.a. and take the world by storm. but she's made a deal with her dad, that she'll stay for senior year if he can get her into a local magnet school for artists and performers. she's convinced it won't happen. but then it does. miles cleveland hates her. she stole his spot in the talent competition. and she's just one of those pop princess types that are too thin and too pretty and stomp on guys like him. she's already stomped on him once, who's to say she won't do it again. except jenna isn't mean-spirited. she's unfailingly friendly and her sunny, open nature is actually the real deal. and when she does realize who he is, and why he has every right to hate her. she's genuinely sorry. the thing is there is this crazy talent competition at their school. and the winner gets a $50,000 prize. both jenna and miles need that money. they have plans. dreams for the future. and in falling for forever, the problem is that even though they are at odds with each other, being together makes sense. for one thing, when they kiss it's like they can't stop kissing. it's intense and romantic and crazy. and they argue about music all the time, but they also complement each other perfectly. they both are so gifted musically in different ways, and they both have a real shot at winning the competition. and they both want it so badly. i loved the way music and performance played such an important role in jenna and miles' story. and even though they spend a lot of the time in conflict with one another, the fact that their love is strong enough, maybe even stronger because of it makes all the arguing worthwhile. i also really loved all the friendships in this novel. it's not just one particular grouping of characters that works, it's the whole group. they fight and make up and get angry and still support each other, love each other every step of the way. having friends you can be real with is a gift, i have friends like that, and i know it is a gift. so it's nice to see friendship like that in fiction.