Losing Forever

Losing Forever

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by Gayle Friesen

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In this novel by Gayle Friesen, normal life for Jes is slipping away. Her mother is getting married again and is totally preoccupied with planning the perfect wedding. And if one fool in love is not enough, Jes's best girlfriend has fallen for a complete jerk. To make matters worse, Jes also has to deal with Angela, her soon-to-be stepsister, who has come to stay


In this novel by Gayle Friesen, normal life for Jes is slipping away. Her mother is getting married again and is totally preoccupied with planning the perfect wedding. And if one fool in love is not enough, Jes's best girlfriend has fallen for a complete jerk. To make matters worse, Jes also has to deal with Angela, her soon-to-be stepsister, who has come to stay for a month before the wedding. A half-crazed mother, a lovesick friend, a perfectly evil stepsister —- could things for Jes get any worse?

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Particularly well crafted

[T]his is an above-average novel with spirited dialogue and well-developed characters.

Fifteen-year-old Jessica thought her life with her seemingly happy parents and adorable two-year-old sister would last forever. After her sister is killed by a car, however, her parents' marriage unravels. When her mother is about to remarry a fellow therapist, his gorgeous teenage daughter, Angela, suddenly moves in with them. Other worries add to her family woes-Jes's friend Dell is in love with a boy no one trusts, and her best friend Sam seems to be falling for Angela. The unpredictability of her life is frightening, and changing her viewpoint is difficult. Jes finds some solace at the lakeside cabin where she and her friends' families spend summers and weekends. More secrets and revelations threaten that peace. A rope tied to a tree allows the kids to swing out from a cliff and drop into the lake, although Jes has never found the courage to do this. Letting go of the rope becomes a symbol for Jes's need to let go of the past and her idea that people should be who she wants them to be, not who they really are. In the end she drops the rope and flies free. In this realistic portrait of a family struggling with the aftereffects of death and especially of divorce, Friesen avoids stereotypes. The dialogue is crisp and sometimes humorous. The last chapters get too talky as Jes and her parents verbally sort out their new situation, but overall this novel is entertaining and illuminating. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Kids Can Press, 248p, Munat
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, November 2002: Jes is a thoughtful young teenager trying to make sense of her ever-changing world. She wanted to believe in "happily ever after," and "forever," but the breakup of her parents' marriage has soured her belief in commitment. So she is not enthusiastic at all when her mother plans to remarry. Jes spends a lot of time with her sad father, especially at the lake cottage where they share so many memories of happy times before their family disintegrated. The death of Jes's baby sister when Jes was eight years old was the beginning of the end. Her parents' grief and depression, and her father's affair with another woman, finished the marriage, and Jes still cannot accept this loss. She clings to her dear friends, but they too are changing. Sam is looking at her differently; she is afraid if they become boyfriend/girlfriend they will lose their friendship forever. Her friend Dell is caught up in the excitement of her first romance and doesn't have as much time for Jes. Now, to make things much worse, Angela appears at their doorstep. Angela is the daughter of the man who will be Jes's stepfather-she is introduced as Jes's new sister, not an auspicious beginning. Angela quickly complicates all of Jes's relationships. This is a believable story of a family trying to get through a difficult transition. It has the heartfelt immediacy of the Alice series and will be enjoyed by middle school girls who are trying to make sense of family life and first romances. Friesen has written two other YA novels that have been selected as ALA Best Books for YAs: Janey's Girl and Men of Stone. KLIATT Codes: J-Recommended for juniorhigh school students. 2002, Kids Can Read Press, 247p., Ages 12 to 15.
— Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Ninth-grader Jessica is dealing with a "shifting universe." Several years earlier, her toddler sister died in an accident and her parents divorced. Now, her mom is remarrying, and Jessica's unlikable, but beautiful, stepsister-to-be has begun to share her room, four weeks before the wedding. If that's not enough, Jessica's friendship with her best friend has taken a backseat now that Dell has a boyfriend. In the course of the story, the teen learns to accept that everything is evolving, and that she cannot expect anything-least of all people and relationships- to stay the same forever. Like Friesen's Men of Stone (2000) and Janey's Girl (1998, both Kids Can), this is an above-average novel with spirited dialogue and well-developed characters, and although Jessica is still grappling with her past traumas, the narrative tone is never gloomy.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Particularly well crafted

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Kids Can Press, Limited
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Gayle Friesen's previous novels Janey's Girl and Men of Stone have both garnered critical praise. She lives in Delta, British Columbia.

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Losing Forever 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
GallagherGirlKA More than 1 year ago
I recently read this book and found it amazing. Totally worth re-reading. I recommend this book for ages 12 and up.
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Sophie-Chan More than 1 year ago
Readers who loved Ida B will love Losing Forever. Will love the writting in it. And will love how the step sister brings a twist to herself. Will be drinking in the words after the first paragraph. Losing Forever is definetly for the books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Life after divorce is always difficult for every child. But he trouble started when Jess¿ baby sister died, causing a strain in her parents¿ relationship. This strain and some other events cause the complicated divorce for teenage Jess. Her relationship with her once close father is becoming more complicated while her mother is remarrying. Along with him comes is perfect daughter Angela, who ruining all of Jess¿ relationships. A cherry on top of things, her best friend Dell, is in love leaving no time for jess. Her other best friend Sam is looking for more than just friendship making her scared of losing another close friend. Gayle Friesen, the author, has created three-dimensional characters that will surely take a place in our heart. This book deals with a lot of problems that many teenagers face, such as divorce of parents, boyfriend/girlfriend relationships changes, and the difficult task of truly letting go of something. The story is told from first persons point of view, Jess'. Since Jess is still thirteen, the language and vocabulary is set as a sixth grade level. However this does not stop you from turning page after page even for older audiences. I recommend this book for sixth grade and above.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book at the library and I couldn't put it down. I read it in only two days. I love the part where she realizes she really does like Sam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best books I've read this summer. I was so into the book. I wasnt even able to put down the book for a second. I think everyone should read it!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was at the library and saw this book and it looked interesting, so I decided to get it. when I read it I thought it was great!you could just feel like you were part of the story. and I think everyone should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. I am a college student but my favorite type of literature is young adult, and this book is at the top of my favorites. The characters are believable and the dialogue is fun and optimistic, in spite of the narrator's troubles. It is definitely a worthwhile book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did this book for class novel study. This is a great story. It made me feel that my life is not that bad after all and I have a great family. Just remember not to read the back of the book cuz it kinda spoils it.