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What more do you have to lose when you've lost everything? Ask sixteen-year-old Annie Bloom. Annie Bloom and Lexi Vanderkamp are out for a night of drinking beer and having fun in Annie's Camaro when Lexi, who is driving, makes a fatal mistake. Annie is left to deal with the consequences of her best friend's death. Problem is, Annie has a drinking problem, and the more she ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 by Createspace
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Love answers, "Now that you know the truth of who you are, go back and live your life fearlessly. You have much yet to do. You have much joy and compassion to share, and many people's lives to touch."

3.5 stars.

"This Side of Forever" is about Annie Bloom, a 16 year old alcoholic party girl. While with her best friend one night, Annie makes a mistake that will change her life forever. This book is about the decisions she makes, the people she chooses to surround herself with, and how she deals
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Jackie G Mills
Feb 28, 2015 Jackie G Mills rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest Review.

This Side of Forever by Jo Chandler is a thought provoking tale about Annie Bloom, a young girl who follows in her alcoholic father’s footsteps, perpetuating the all too familiar cycle of addiction. The book is written entirely from Annie’s perspective and gives the reader a comprehensive view into her reasoning and subsequent decision making.

The story evokes a range of feelings, from sadness to anger to
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Jeannie Holbrook
Sep 08, 2013 Jeannie Holbrook rated it liked it
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I won This Side of Forever By Jo Chandler. I am glad that I did. I don't think I would have picked this book out for me. I tend to shy away from YA books. Especially one where the mail character has the issue that this one does. With that said I had to finish the book when I started it. I wanted to shake Annie and give her a hug all at the same time.
****SPOILER ALERT**** Stop reading here if you don't want some spoilers!!
Annie is a 16 year old alcoholic. Her best friend,Lexi,and Annie were goi
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Kristi
Feb 15, 2014 Kristi rated it liked it
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The best thing about this book is the way Chandler portrays the ongoing struggles that the characters face throughout this story. We are able to understand Annie's longing for love and forgiveness while constantly pushing those around her away. Also, we feel the emotional termoil of those close to Annie that want to be there for her while dealing with their own hurts and disappointments.
Although I really liked the book, I was rather disappointed with the ending. The ending felt rushed; everythi
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Gil Tisnado
Aug 21, 2013 Gil Tisnado rated it it was amazing
"This Side of Forever" by Jo Chandler is the story of a teenage girl spiraling out of control due to alcoholism. It is an absorbing cautionary tale without being preachy. The story will grab you immediately due to the excellent writing. You will find yourself easily relating and caring for the young characters as they struggle to find their way. Just like the book jacket art that contrasts dark elements with rays of light on the horizon, Ms. Chandler effectively combines the dark reality of teen ...more
Kathy
Sep 08, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
This is a strong, emotional story with an uplifting ending. I will donate it to my high school library in hopes that it will reach someone who needs help.

Annie ,an alcoholic teen is riddled with guilt over the death of her best friend Lexie in a drunk driving accident for which she blames herself. Annie's life spirals downward as she continues to drink to numb her pain until she is at the point of death herself from alcoholic poisoning. At that moment of her near-death, Annie experiences a visio
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Ashley Irby
Sep 18, 2013 Ashley Irby rated it liked it
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Won this book from First Reads & glad that I did! Don't think I ever would've picked it for myself - but it was a really good story - Kept me interested & rooting for the characters. Did think the ending was sort of rushed.
Jerilyn Ring
Jul 03, 2013 Jerilyn Ring rated it it was amazing
This is s story about a teenager who make unhealthy choices, and the consequences of those choices. The story addresses the issues of addiction,self blaming, and self worth as well as the ability to heal and change self defeating thoughts.
This is a must read for teenagers and parents.
Amy
Sep 10, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
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This book has a great premise. And the writing style held your attention. The pace of it didn't seem quite consistent, though, with some events rushed past or ignored.
Kristie
Jul 11, 2015 Kristie rated it really liked it
Very touching and well-written journey of healing shame and guilt and learning to identify with the love that connects us all. Highly recommended for young people; inspiring for all.
Stephanie Montgomery
Feb 13, 2014 Stephanie Montgomery rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It touch on some really hard topics, like addiction and death. The end of the book left me craving more.
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Jo Chandler did a variety of things in her career before she started writing young adult novels, including writing feature articles for a number of magazines and newspapers and editing a few others. Her first published novel is This Side of Forever, which kicks off the Forever series.

Along with writing novels for young people, she is most proud of the work she did with Wind Youth Services, a non-p
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