Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Looking Forward to "Forever"

Happy Holidays, Readers!

I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season thus far.  Today I present you with a late Christmas and Hanukah present (or early New Year’s present, depending on how you want to think of it) … a sneak peek at Melissa Kantor’s newest book, “The Darlings Are Forever.”

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of “The Darlings Are Forever” (thank you Stephanie!) and when I, in turn, lent it to another awesome TBF planning committee member, I described it to her as “reminiscent of ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.’”  There are no traveling pants.  In fact, there are no traveling items of any sort, but that idea of growing up, and more importantly, growing up with great friends, is omnipresent in “Darlings.” 

Jane, Victoria, and Natalya have been friends for years.  As the novel opens, the girls are optimistic about their upcoming freshmen year – even though they’ll be at different schools for the first time.  The year, though, is not without its challenges.  Jane is crushing on her (much) older drama director.  Victoria is struggling with life in the public eye as her father’s political campaign takes off.  Natalya is making friends with the coolest girls at her new school – but unsure of whether it’s really her that they like.

“The Darlings Are Forever” is an all-around great book.  It’s about growing up, and change, and first relationships, but most importantly, it’s about friends.  Put “The Darlings Are Forever” at the top of your To Read list – you won’t regret it!

P.S. You can read the first chapter of “The Darlings Are Forever” right here!

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