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Blog Tour: PROOF OF FOREVER by Lexa Hillyer – Interview, Review & Giveaway
Jun 3rd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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 Published: June 2, 2015

Publisher Harper Teen

To Connect with Lexa Hillyer:

Goodreads | Twitter | Website

Buy it here:

IndieBound |Amazon | Audible | B&N | Book Depository

From Goodreads:

From debut author and poet Lexa Hillyer comes the lyrical story of four seventeen-year-old friends who receive an unlikely chance to relive the perfect summer . . . and the devastating secret that could unravel it all. Elegant and evocative, Proof of Forever is one of those first novels that hooks you from the beginning and builds toward a stunning–and unexpected–end, calling to mind Gayle Forman and Ann Brashares.

Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe were once best friends. Now they barely speak. That is, until the fateful flash of a photo-booth camera transports them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen–the summer everything changed. Photos fade. Friendships dissolve. Summers end. But this one will change the girls forever . . . again.

Wendy Wunder calls Proof of Forever “The Sisterhood of the (Time) Traveling Pants for a new generation!”

My Review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover: Love it! Flashes of special moments and the infinity symbol works so well.

Four best friends who haven’t been together for two years return to camp for a one-night reunion. That one night turns into five when the photo booth they’re in takes them back in time.

Memorable, bittersweet, romantic.

From page one, PROOF OF FOREVER grabbed my attention. We find out that four camp friends—Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe—have grown apart. But Joy insists that they all attend their camp reunion.

Coming together isn’t easy. There are a lot of hurt feelings, plenty of miscommunication, resentment, but also a lot of love below the surface. If only they can recapture why they had been so close and resolve the past hurt.

As they return to the past and relive their last camp experience, they not only try to figure out how to return to the present, but also to understand each other. They try to relive it as they had in order to recreate a photograph from the Photo Booth, thinking that will be the key.

Of course, that’s not easy at all.

I love . . .

1. that the girls end up unitizing this time to discover more about themselves, both individually and as a group.
2. that choices made have various results, often not what they had intended.
3. that we discover painful secrets.
4. that the bonds of friendship, despite hurt feelings, can indeed prevail if you’re willing to work hard enough and forgive.
5. the swoony-boy relationships that a few of the girls experience.
6. the realization that their quick judgments of others are sometimes false, that they need to get to know other campers more intimately to understand them.
7. that we have to live life for ourselves, not to please others.
8. the emotional ending!!!!

PROOF OF FOREVER is about self-identity, love, family, healing, deep relationships, and letting go when it’s needed. It’s about ties that can never be severed.

It’s a beautiful, touching, emotional story of the power of friendship—how it brings us together or tears us apart, how it grounds us in a place like tree roots that can make us feel safe or shake us up and leave us floating away like helium balloon strings that have been released into the sky, leaving us drifting away from the people we love, those we thought should have held tight.

The writing and storytelling is gorgeous! This is a perfect summer read for anyone who loves a contemporary YA novel with a twist of fantasy, time travel, magic, love, and of course FRIENDSHIP!

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Q & A with Lexa:

 

  1. What was something you learned about yourself while writing PROOF OF FOREVER? That I could do it—I could write a novel all my own! Also that I’m apparently a closet perv because I love writing the kissing scenes. Also that I have weird habits like always wanting one of the characters to have twin brothers (in this book it’s Luciana.)
  1. In the beginning of PROOF OF FOREVER, it’s clear that the girls had drifted apart and lost touch with one another. Are there childhood friendships you wish you hadn’t lost and what kind of suggestions do you have for maintaining friendships when it’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives? I moved a lot growing up, so I had to deal with leaving behind my friends and trying to make new ones over and over again. Back then there was no internet (eep!) but I had one friend in particular from kindergarten through 3rd grade who I wrote letters to for a few years after that. We used to live just around the corner from each other in Newton, MA. Then we lost touch in like sixth grade or so… but I ran into her in my neighborhood in Brooklyn last year and found out she had been living right around the corner from my apartment for over a year… small world! I also stayed in touch with one of my best friends from Middle School, and she came to my wedding a couple years ago. We still email once in a while and she’s even working on her own YA novel now, too! One of my best friends Sophomore year in high school moved to Canada at the end of the year, and for the rest of high school we would mail a shared journal back and forth, full of collages and poems and diary entries. I still have a few of those. We grew apart after college, but then I was headed to Toronto a few years ago for a film festival my husband was in, and I reached out to her. We caught up and it was just like old times, and I’m happy to have her back in my life. So I guess I would say that, look, it’s normal to lose touch. Yes, we’re all busy and somehow following someone on Facebook doesn’t make it better—sometimes it makes it worse because we’re seeing their lives from the outside. But the cool thing is that where there was a great foundation for a friendship, that will probably always exist. So it’s always worth reaching out. It’s cool to see how people you were close to years ago have grown up and changed—but still kept the qualities you loved most about them.
  1. Ryder asks Joy if she believes in love at first sight. Do you? Have you experienced it or someone you know? If so, can you share what that was like? Actually I don’t believe in love at first sight, though I do believe in crush-at-first-sight for SURE. And I suppose sometimes those crushes can lead to love, but that’s probably not usually how it works. I think real love is a thing that happens when you’re old enough to have already had your heart broken at least once, and made a few wrong choices. This is what helps you truly know when you’re making the right choice, even if it’s less intense than the romances you had when you were younger. The first cut is always the deepest, but it’s a blessing that you’ll never feel that level of intensity again—it means you’ll never have to experience that totally devastating, aching misery again either. I’m a huge romantic but I’m also very level-headed.                                      Still, I wanted Joy and Ryder to have an experience that felt like it could become love. The idea was to create the sense of possibility and hope. I will never   forget the first relationship I had where I really thought hey, this could BE something, like a forever thing. And even though it didn’t work out, it helped me understand what love was, and what it wasn’t, and what I actually needed from love. That’s what I wanted for Joy—to learn what love was and that she deserved it and could have it, that it’s there waiting for all of us, even though we often spend years doubting that.
  1. Was there a specific scene in the novel that you took straight from your life? If so, which one? Not exactly, but I did study stage combat when I did theater school for a semester, so I learned how to fence (sort of), and I used that memory for some of Zoe’s scenes. Also that part where they’re all dancing in chapter 17 and Zoe feels endless? That’s how I used to feel when I’d go out dancing with my friends.
  1. Spreading rumors, keeping secrets, and not telling the truth are some themes in the novel. These things can have a long-lasting impact. What can people learn from these situations? Secrets make you feel excited and powerful, like you are in control of the information and there’s this sense of risk—what if someone finds out!? Revealing the truth forces you to be vulnerable, and that’s scary, but that’s also what leads to intimacy between people. And often the thing you were keeping secret turns out not to change things all that much—but the fact that you told will bond you to the person you told forever. You learn a new level of trust. I used to love the idea of having secrets, of being mysterious. And I do still think it’s good practice to have a few things that you keep to yourself—but not because you’re afraid to tell, and not as a way of holding people at arm’s length… only keep a secret because you want to treasure a certain thing for yourself alone. It’s your life and your truth. Not everything needs to be shared.

 

Blog Tour Schedule:

May 25th – Meg @ Swoony Boys Podcast – Author Guest Post + Review

May 25th – Jaime @ Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post + Review

May 26th – Lisa @  Lost in Lit – Author Interview + Review

May 27th – Ginger @ G Reads Books – Tens List + Review

May 28th – Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books – Review Only

May 29th – Heidi @ YA Bibliophile – Tens List + Review

June 1st  – Andi @ Andi ABC’s – This or That List + Review

June 2nd – Sarah @ WhatSarahRead – Author Guest Post + Review

June 3rd – Liza @ WhoruBlog – Author Interview + Review

June 4th – April @ Mainstream Passionista – Character Interview + Review

June 5th – Brittany @ Book Addicts Guide – Author Guest Post

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