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A Forever Story


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An interesting and heartbreaking story about a young woman’s life that ended too soon and a mother’s search for truth and justice.

A Forever Story starts with Sofia sharing her life, work, and love interests in San Fransisco. We get to know this young woman as she's trying to make a name for herself in a big city while also trying to figure out what she wants in life. We dive into her life and get to know her before everything changes, when Sofia and her friend Bella are drugged at a party and Sofia never wakes up again.

The second part of the book tells the story of the people that Sofia left behind, mainly her mother and younger brother, as they search for truth and justice 15 years after it all happened.

It is an interesting and heartbreaking story, and knowing that real events inspired it makes it even more impactful. Even though the party that Sofia was drugged at took place in 1999, it is still such a relevant subject to this day. It is a scary reminder of how quickly things can go wrong, how easily it can happen without one knowing, and how difficult it can be to seek justice.

A Forever Story gives an insight into the legal procedures of a case like this, and a lot of the story is set in the courtroom. For me, some of those parts felt a bit like I was reading a movie script because of all the back and forth dialogue in the courtroom. At times, this could feel slightly repetitive, although I do understand Boyle’s desire to stay true to how the procedure would go down in real life.

A Forever Story is quite dark and sad, but with some rays of hope and sunshine finding its way through. And although I enjoyed this story, I don’t think it’s a book for everyone. There are quite a few elements throughout that I can picture being triggering for some readers, so that’s something to be aware of.

Other than that, I found this book to be entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking. A disturbing but enjoyable read!

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About the author

My background includes two masters' degrees, law school studies, and thirty-plus year career writing on law, marketing, and public relations. I began writing fiction in 1991, and have several unpublished manuscripts registered with the Writer’s Guild of America. I also blog on women's issues. view profile

Published on April 04, 2020

Published by BenSky Publishing, LLC

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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