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Always and Forever

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  264 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Mia's first reaction is outright disbelief. Obviously, a mistake has been made. Sixteen-year-old girls don't die. But, when the diagnosis is confirmed, she dives headlong into anger. If she has to die, why should it be of cancer? In fact, anything would be preferable to cancer. Better for her to say when, where, and especially how.

Determined to meet death on her own terms,
Paperback, 263 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Booktrope Editions
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Angela S
Oct 10, 2012 Angela S rated it really liked it
I'm a little torn up over what to say about this book because it had me going in many different directions. For the first quarter, everything made sense. I liked Mia, I thought her friends were hilarious, and boy did I want her and Kal to get together. The whole idea of a teenage girl getting cancer - after surviving a first round of an entirely different type was a unique set up. It was heart breaking and perfectly logical for her to want to keep the diagnosis to herself. Then Mia starts behavi ...more
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Dec 04, 2012 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Nina

This book is mocking you from the start ''I'm going to make you cry. Embrace yourself, I'm going to make you cry''. The synopsis screamed that to me, but as a curious creature, I accepted to read anyhow.

The writing is amazing. It tells you the story of a 16-year-old who has a disease that cannot be cured. So we follow her through the five stages of grief, from how she first denies it, to how finally she accepts it. And through that time, the only thought wondering around her head
Heather Wood
Dec 01, 2012 Heather Wood rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I had an inkling I would be a sobbing mess while reading it. Although Always and Forever was certainly a tearjerker, it wasn’t merely a story about a girl dying from cancer. It was also about going through the stages of grief and being able to find love and acceptance along the way.

The author did a superb job of depicting Mia as an average high school girl. Her relationships and behaviors felt very realistic for a sixteen-year-old girl. I loved her frie
Feb 04, 2013 Faith rated it really liked it
This was a well told, planned out story..... That ended to fast :(

i was up till 12:30 cause the last quarter is a part that you just cant stop or take a break in the middle of . went through a good half of our tissue box last night.

its realistic read which made it hard to get though since my mom dies of cancer in 2006. In a way I wished I never read it, since I denied the fact of mom having cancer to myself. And now reading this, having alittle insight as to what she went thought since I thought
Apr 07, 2013 Sue1958 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
what a wonderful read! although this book was dealing with difficult subject matter that has touched all our lives, there were plenty of real belly laughs too. mia was an outstanding character and I could feel myself understanding more and more the decisions and thoughts that she had over her inevitable death.

I was so wanting to knock their heads together to sort out her best friend and her feelings for one another, in my head I was screaming `come on life for her is to short

hankies at the end
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Oct 04, 2012 Tracey (Life and Literature) rated it it was amazing
I usually like to start a review by recapping how fantastic I thought the book was. But here I am some days later, after finishing Always and Forever and I still can't find the words to adequately describe the impact this book had on me. I admit to crying easily. I get misty eyed about many, many things. But it's very rare for me to find myself so overcome with emotion that I just want to curl into a ball and give in to the gut wrenching sobs that have overcome me.

I knew going in, just from rea
Jun 27, 2013 M.B. rated it it was amazing
I’m sure I’m not the only person who has wondered how they’d react if they were told that they only had months to live. I’d thought about how I would spend that time with family and close friends, getting my affairs in order and things such as that. I’m an adult, with children and responsibilities, so these are the things I would need to make sure are in place before…
But how would I have reacted if I was given that diagnosis and I was only 16?
I have a feeling that I would have reacted in pretty
T.H. Hernandez
Nov 09, 2013 T.H. Hernandez rated it it was amazing
This is not the sort of book I'd normally choose to read and I'm still not sure what possessed me to get it. It sat on my Nook for several weeks before I even opened it. And then I took my time reading it. I needed to be in the right mindset to read about a teenage girl dying of cancer. But once I really let myself get into the story, I couldn't put it down.

The writing is strong, the characters beautifully crafted, the story, heartbreaking. But I knew that going into it. I knew Mia was going to
Susan Swiderski
I feel like a bit of a sick-o for saying I loved this book. I mean, it tells the story of a sixteen year-old girl with terminal brain cancer. That's HORRIBLE, right? Right!

BUT... the story is so engaging, and the characters are so realistic, it just kinda sucks you into it. Makes you like them, care about them, and want a happy ending for everybody involved. Of course, that isn't gonna happen when the main character has terminal cancer. The most impressive part of the story is how she and everyo
I kind of don't want to read anymore books for the rest of the year. This book was THAT GOOD. Fans of John Green and Lurlene McDaniels had better add this to their TBR book immediately. It was so much more than a book about cancer; it was a very real glimpse into the life of any teenager facing a terminal illness. The author does an excellent job creating believable characters. I found myself relating to Mia. Not as someone with cancer, but the emotions and thoughts and actions are just so real, ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Mia's story was so heartbreaking. Getting cancer not once, but twice, and knowing she doesn't have much time left. She goes through all the stages from, anger, grief, depression and finally acceptance and through that she finds true love. Of course I cried like a baby at the end, but the love that Mia has for her family and Kal will be always and forever.
I received Always and Forever in return for an honest review from the publisher Booktrope. When she was 12 years old Mia was confirmed to have beaten Leukemia. Even though she was pronounced well her parents still worry about it coming back so she’s constantly visiting the doctor looking for signs of cancer. It’s now four years later Mia is sixteen and she’s been diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer in her brain. The doctors tell Mia that she has less than a year to live.

Mia doesn't want
Aug 21, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Tears.(this doesn't necessarily contain spoilers, but I do put some of my feelings in about things that happen throughout the book and at the end)

This book was so heartwrenching and beautiful I don't know if I can review it like it deserves. I don't do reviews much cause I don't express my feelings about a book well in writing.

Karla pulled me in from the beginning on Mia's journey, which as a younger woman myself(21) hits close to home. She is in the prime of her younger years, highschool, amazi
{ I received an ebook for free through Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. Review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. }

Always and Forever is so heartbreakingly beautiful. It took me a little while to write this review because I just couldn't find the words after I first read it, and I'm still having trouble now. It leaves you with a numbness; closing the book only emphasizes the sense of loss. It takes quite a bit for a book to make me cry, but I had tears streaming down my face at
Faith (Geeky Zoo Girl)
Nov 17, 2012 Faith (Geeky Zoo Girl) rated it it was amazing
Review also published on my blog StudentSpyglass

Source: Review copy for a blog tour

Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Readability: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★★

I know I said realistic fiction wasn’t really my thing, but I’ve been trying to step out of my [fantasy dominated] comfort zone this year, so forgive me!

I have to admit, I loved Always and Forever. Mia, a sixteen year old cancer survivor gets diagnosed with a second type of cancer…an inoperable one, that doesn’t leave her with a lot of time. Determined not
Sep 20, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing, shouting angry but most of all crying.... a lot. even as I write this review the day after I have finished the book I could cry.
As I read this book I really got to know the characters and felt they where part of my life, when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about them and would sneak reading it in where ever I could, At work, in the school grounds etc. I would have loved to have been friends with these guys when I was in school. Kal was my favourite character in thi
Apr 06, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
(Check out my full review of this and Karla Nellenbach's other book, A Sliver of Hope, on my blog http://itisabookishkindoflife.blogspo...)

Tears. Tears. Sobbing. Laughing. Sighing. Tears.

That is my best description about this book. It was fantastic. One of my new favorites. The characters were well written and really relatable and the story just broke my heart. I never have cried so much over a book, except maybe the fault in our stars by John green. Go out and read this. Now. I recommend ever
Oct 27, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing
Seriously. This book is unbelievable. Not gonna lie, I tried not to cry through the first maybe 50 pages but pretty much sobbed throughout the rest of the book. Always and Forever is heart wrenching in a way that puts Nicholas Sparks to shame. I can barely articulate how much I loved this book. It drew me in from the beginning and I couldn't stop reading it-literally didn't put it down from start to finish. Karla Nellenbach tells a story, not unlike other tragic love tales, but in a way that is ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Sleepy rated it it was amazing
Breathtakingly, heartbreaking and beautiful

An absolute must read! This book broke my heart and made me cry almost on every chapter. But it was so beautiful and breathtaking that in the end yes tears slipped down my face but she got to say goodbye to all she loved. She stopped pushing everyone away, she gave in to the inevitable and decided to not do it alone. She found peace along her crazy pain filled way and as much as the end tore my heart out i was happy that she finally stopped trying to ac
Karen McCall
Feb 25, 2013 Karen McCall rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since a book has drawn me in and actually made me feel all of the emotions that the author is trying to convey. At times, I thought the book was juvenile, but then you realize as you are reading that you are going through all of the stages of loss just as if you were there in the book with the characters. I would put this story right there with The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. It is a definite emotional roller coaster.
Oct 03, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
A powerful punch of love, friendship and strength.

Always and Forever. Those words mean something different when you have been diagnosed. For the second time.

Karla Nellenbach takes us on a journey in her debut novel with a cast of characters that stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Showing us that the ties that bind do really last a lifetime, even when your lifetime isn't as long as it should be.
Dec 03, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Oh boy. I thought the story line was going to be interesting but I also knew it was going to be depressing at the end. What I didn't expect was for my to completely cry my eyes out at the end and Let me tell you, I never cry! This story makes you realize how short life really is and to appreciate everything that comes your way.
Katrina Hoppe
Jul 08, 2014 Katrina Hoppe rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful. The writing is so well done that the characters become part of you. You forget that it's fiction and you find yourself overwhelmingly invested in the emotion of the book. Bravo! I will likely read this book over and over.
Marian Sofferin
Feb 04, 2013 Marian Sofferin rated it it was amazing
Wow I was surprised at how quickly this book captured me. The story is so believable that I became quite involved with the characters. It even brought me to tears, something that doesn't happen that often.
George Allen
Apr 03, 2013 George Allen rated it really liked it
Nice story.
Mar 10, 2013 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Touching story of a 16 year old girl dying of a brain tumor. Very realistic and heartbreaking. You really want her to be saved in the end. But is she?
Jordyn B
Apr 06, 2013 Jordyn B rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure where to start with this review..

All I can say is, If you haven't read this you seriously need to race to the closest book store and buy it.
A Full Bookshelf
Apr 07, 2013 A Full Bookshelf rated it really liked it
So heartbreaking!!!

Thoughts to come!
Margaux Espinosa
Apr 17, 2013 Margaux Espinosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
OMG I loved this book!
Lori Kaminski
Dec 01, 2013 Lori Kaminski rated it really liked it
Grab Some tissue... Good book but too sad
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