The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever #1)
by Melissa Chambers
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.
Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.
Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.
But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…
Received a Copy from Netgalley and Chapter by Chapter Book Tours on behalf of Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I remember the summer between my junior and senior year of high school was pretty epic for me. I went to different camp conferences and had a blast, made great friends. Spent a ton of time with my friends that were going to be heading off to college, and did a lot of person self-improvement emotionally, mentally, and physically on myself. By the time I began school my senior year, I was a new and improved Traci. I had my guidance counselor even stop me and was in shock at how happy and healthy I looked. So do I love books about young people find and discovering themselves during a summer break? Why yes, yes I do. It just brings me back to my personal experiences and to me those memories I would never want to erase. This book is exactly that. A perfect summer story about becoming one’s self, stronger emotionally and socially.
Chloe and her BFF, Jenna, are driving down to Florida to stay the summer with Chloe’s dad. The man is getting married and that includes not only a new step-mother by a new step-brother. Chloe was hoping he would be some artsy guy that would love weird music. She ended up with the All American boy, and a gorgeous one at that. Now she has to find some common ground with her soon to be new family and try to spend some quality time with her estranged dad. All while attempting not to flirt with her hot-soon-to-be-new-step-brother Landon. Yeah many things, but what doesn’t help is that Chloe is harboring a secret that has been weighing her down. She is scared to talk about it with anyone and is in complete fear of allowing anyone know the scar she now harbors emotionally and mentally.
To help Chloe, Jenna creates a list of 10 things that Chloe needs to accomplish before the end of summer. The list consist of…
- Go up and talk to a boy at a party
- Wear a bikini to the beach
- Take a self-defense class.
- Sing Karaoke
- Send a plate of food back at a restaurant
- Express your true feelings to someone
- Have a real conversation with your dad.
- Say no to something you would otherwise say yes to out of convenience of non-confrontation
- Stand up to someone
- Kiss a boy you like.
This list gives Chloe the hebejebez, but with the help of Jenna, Landon and Cynthia (soon to be step mom), the list gets checked off slowly.
Landon is your all around American Boy, he knows it and everyone tells him so. However, he has a massive secret that he refuses to tell anyone. Those that do know try to help him (a.k.a. Fix him) and it never ends up well. Have you heard of dyslexia? That is with reading. Landon has what is called dyscalculia which deals with numbers and math. He struggles with concepts that would seem normal, such as counting money, simple adding and subtracting. Landon has a tutor and he schools football team changes the way they call out plays to words and nicknames instead of numbers to help Landon. It is a struggle that he has been dealing with all his life. His father thinks its an excuse. Because of the Landon’s learning disability he doesn’t feel comfortable going to a school for football. Football has numbers as a large part of the game, and he doesn’t believe that a school will change the way they do plays to compensate for his dyscalculia. He has resorted in attending school in Florida instead of pursuing his dream of going to Georgia Tech for football. When his mom decided to remarry he gains a stepdad and stepsister. So this summer they are suppose to bond and become a family. After meeting Chloe, Landon knows he is in deep trouble. The gorgeous girl that comes to his house is someone he does NOT want to be his sister. He rather be kissing and holding her. Their forbidden attraction cause problems during the summer. They have to sneak around and get cover stories to keep up their “relationship.” Once everything hits the fan, it may be too late for these two.
I honest to goodness LOVED this story. I loved Chloe so much. She is your typical girl next door beauty, but shy and keeps to herself. She had to deal with a lot of crap with her dad and the horrific situation that happened to her prior to summer break. Jenna was added great comic relief. At times I didn’t like her very much, but I can see how her and Chloe were bestfriends and balanced one another out.
While reading this book I felt that Chloe and Landon were each other’s heroes. They were strong in some aspects of their lives and other parts not so much. They balanced one another out so beautifully. I know I will read this book again and again. It was just that good. There was no way to put it down.
It is book 1 in the Before Forever duo. It alternates POV’s between Landon and Chloe.
I HIGHLY recommend this book.
For more information on Dyscalculia here are a few links to check out:
Parental Info: Sex, some drinking, neglectful parents, attempted rape discussion, rape discussion, step sibling attraction, (some) active profanity
Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).