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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!"
Zoe, Tali, Luciana, and Joy are jaded former best friends from summer camp, each with their own hang-ups and heartaches. One night they converge at a camp reunion, wondering where their friendship went wrong, and are mysteriously transported back to their 15-year-old selves. With one week of camp left, the girls must figure out how to return to the present day. In her first novel, Hillyer, a co-founder of literary development company Paper Lantern Lit, employs the simplicity and levity of a time-travel device to contrast the then and now of her four protagonists, adding a dose of humor to some of the heavier moments of this story Joy's secret, Zoe's uncertainty about her sexuality, Tali's long-harbored anger, the pressure Luciana feels to be a "good girl," and the loves and losses each girl faced (and now face again) at camp. While the novel's ending is somewhat rushed, Hillyer's third-person narrative is fluid and layered with emotion, sensitively describing the friends' second chances at a variety of firsts and the strengthened bond they share. Ages 13 up.