Never Gone

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Dani's dad can't play peacemaker when he's dead. Can he?

After her supportive father dies tragically, Dani has no clue how to cope alone with her perfectionist mother.

Then she sees him. In her room. Roaming the halls at church. Wandering his own wake. Is it a miracle? Or is she losing her mind?

Sunday school never prepared her for this kind of life after death.

"NEVER GONE is a ghost story for a new ...

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Overview

Dani's dad can't play peacemaker when he's dead. Can he?

After her supportive father dies tragically, Dani has no clue how to cope alone with her perfectionist mother.

Then she sees him. In her room. Roaming the halls at church. Wandering his own wake. Is it a miracle? Or is she losing her mind?

Sunday school never prepared her for this kind of life after death.

"NEVER GONE is a ghost story for a new generation - a twisty journey through a young girl's battle with death, grief, and the discovery of family secrets that threaten to undo her world. Garver tackles difficult subjects with depth and grace, weaving the complexities of faith with the complexities of growing up." --Heidi Willis, author of Some Kind of Normal

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A Word's Worth (awordsworth.blogspot.com) - Rivka Belle
"A story of redemption, of hope in the face of intense sorrow, and of great personal growth, NEVER GONE is a touching read."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479205073
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/14/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurel Garver holds degrees in English and journalism and earns a living as a magazine editor. She enjoys quirky independent films, word games, British television, Celtic music, and mentoring teens at her church. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Never Gone is a beautifully written book about loss, grief, rede

    Never Gone is a beautifully written book about loss, grief, redemption, and long-buried secrets.  It’s a metaphorical ghost story, which is my favorite kind.  Going into the book, I thought it would mostly be about Dani trying to overcome her father’s unexpected death, but it’s about so much more than that—it’s about art, family relationships and the misunderstandings and miscommunications that can rupture them, faith, sanity, and forgiveness.  I loved the vividly rendered settings of both New York City and small-town England.  The main characters were all multilayered, rich and complex, but I was most impressed that even some of the smaller characters turned out to be much more than they first appeared.  Dani’s uncle Philip and Hugh, the sort-of resident lunatic in the British town, were my favorite characters of all.  
    Despite being about grief and death, Never Gone is a very hopeful book; at the same time, I appreciated that the author was willing to go to some very dark places.  Dani’s disturbing dreams, in which she sort of constructs a new, healthier body for herself, were especially powerful.  The descriptions of art were also very well done, particularly the breathtaking scene when Dani works with color rather than her usual pencils at the end.  Overall, Never Gone is a moving look at one girl discovering that she can survive the deepest loss, and that the people she thinks she knows best just might surprise her.
    Favorite Quotes:
    “…I search for a tender, new heart.  I know it will have the honeyed scent of snowdrops that fight to bloom through ice.”
    “Something in my mind, like an eye behind my eye, sees angel shapes in shadows of our lamp-lit street.”

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Great Book For A Teen Book Club! Though the plot thickens slowl

    Great Book For A Teen Book Club!

    Though the plot thickens slowly, readers of Never Gone will be rewarded,if patient, while digging into this well-developed teen fiction gem. Garver's detailed voyage through 15-year old Danielle's eyes delivers: intrigue, mystery, suspense, hilarity, tenderness, and spiritual truth. Artists will easily relate to Dani's sense of creativity and imagination as she looks at the world around her. Anyone who's lost someone close to them will be moved to tears as they walk with Dani through grief when her Dad dies. Because of Garver's gift with words on a page, we experience through Dani the awkwardness of young love, the emotional strain of alienation from a work-a-holic mom,and the thrill of her first strides toward independence. Dani navigates through uncharted territory, but finds she isn't alone. She gets answers to some questions that have plagued her for some time. Despite learning of dysfunction in her family, she also learns some family history that brings a new joy to her life. In the end she learns that good can actually come out of bad events - a valuable lesson for adults, young or old. And that real love is...never gone!

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    This book made me cry at least three times. Not because it's dep

    This book made me cry at least three times. Not because it's depressing, but because it's so touching. It's a book that deals with both death and estrangement in a tender and sensitive way. The writing is lyrical, picturesque, and delicate. The voice of the author is both strong and soft as she takes us through the stages of grief, delves into the protagonists most intimate relationships, and explores where the supernatural ends and where delusion begins.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Never Gone is a young adult novel that deals delicately and trut

    Never Gone is a young adult novel that deals delicately and truthfully with a teen's struggles and triumphs while dealing with a loss of a parent. Fifteen year old Dani is a typical teen finding her place amoung her family, her friends, and boys, but the sudden loss of her Dad spins her world. Grieving, she begins to 'see' her Dad, believing he still has something to tell her. Gripping to find a truth to fall on solid ground again, she searches him out. But the truth she finds is not what she expected but much more satisfying.
    From the sky-scrapers of New York, to the hills of England, Garver brings you on a lyrical journey that rolls with highs and lows, full of valleys of tenderness. I would recommend this book to both adults and teens.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    Fifteen year old Dani Dean is mourning the loss of her father.  

    Fifteen year old Dani Dean is mourning the loss of her father.  She keeps seeing him every where- walking in their apartment, at her church, even at his own funeral.  She feels like she is going crazy.




    Dani’s relationship with her mother is not good.  Her mom sends her off to England to stay with her father’s family.  Dani fears this will be a permanent move.  As she keeps seeing her dad’s ghost she believes he is the answer to her problems.




    Laurel Garver approached the hard issues of grief, doubt, and fear with a honesty I have never read.  Dani was portrayed exactly as a fifteen year old should be when faced with the death of her father and   the fear of change in her life and of forgetting the most important person in her world.   The fact that her relationship with her mother, the person who should be supportive and comforting, is a poor relationship only adds to her feelings of loss.




    I did not quite understand how the adults in Dani’s life did not worry about all her ghost sightings.  They did not offer her the support and help a teenager needs after the loss of such an important person in their life.  I struggled with this part of the story.  I had a hard time connecting with the characters because of this. 




    Even with the tough subjects in this novel it is a very hopeful book.  I will recommend this novel to young adults and not so young adult readers.

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    Posted October 25, 2012

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    Posted November 21, 2012

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