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The Next Forever

(Pretty Amy #1.5)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  99 reviews
One night in college can change everything…

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…

Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decid
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Published January 13th 2013 by Entangled Publishing (Ever After)
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This book was basically about Joe and Amy going behind each other's backs - Joe to go to a frat rush party, and Amy to go to a party with another guy. Kinda dull until (view spoiler)

6 out of 10
Jenny Levine
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this not knowing that this is a sequel to Pretty Amy, which I haven't read yet.


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If you're planning to read this book, read Pretty Amy first ;)

LOL. I guess I have to read the first book soon to get to know Amy much better and further understand what really happened to Amy and how she developed a relationship with Joe.

But anyways, this was an okay read for me. I like it, but I didn't love it.

3 STARS!!!

Jenna (Bookiemoji)
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review can also be found at Making the Grade

Lisa Burstein, author of PRETTY AMY, continues her hot and cold romance between the characters, Amy and Joe, in the seductively intense novella, THE NEXT FOREVER. If you are already a fan of her preceding title, you absolutely MUST pick this one up. Amy and Joe’s story will be incomplete without it!

INTENSE. That is the one word I would use to describe THE NEXT FOREVER in a nutshell. Emotional tension. Physical tension. And (of course) sexual ten
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Next Forever follows up in the life of Amy and Joe; two of my favourite characters from Pretty Amy. I much prefer reading follow up books months down the line than epilogues tacked onto back of books. And The Next Forever proved this to be the case once more as it provided a heartfelt insight into Amy and Joe battling their own demons.

I had always wanted Amy and Joe together ever since I came across them in Pretty Amy. Amy was so lost back then and needed the stability to keep her from drow
I'm starting to wonder if New Adult books are really anywhere close to being my cup of tea most of the time. Really the only NA title I've actually liked/loved was Melina Marchetta's "The Piper's Son" - which had the development, strong characterization and even unlikable characters that still managed to be likable given the tough situations they faced and the challenges in their respective relationships. "Beautiful Disaster", "Thoughtless", among quite a few other NA titles I've read have all p ...more
After finishing Pretty Amy, I went straight into the follow up; The Next Forever despite the fact that I didn't really enjoy Pretty Amy. If you want to see why, you can read my review here.

Anyway, I was quite hesitant about The Next Forever but I really wanted to see what was next in store for Amy and Joe. She's finally happy and not following her ex-best friends around and she's finally becoming someone she wants to be but, she still has doubts that maybe she's just following Joe around now in
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Before sharing my thoughts about this novella, I just want to say that I haven’t read Pretty Amy. I’d assume reading Pretty Amy would help me understand the character development of Amy better but haven’t read Pretty Amy didn’t take me away from my enjoyment. I’m happy to say that I had a great time reading The Next Forever.

The story unfolds in alternating points-of-view. I like that I got to get inside the heads of both Amy and Joe. Seeing their situation from both sides, I felt I understood th
Tara Fuller
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THE NEXT FOREVER, a follow up story to the amazing YA novel PRETTY AMY, steps out of the young adult world and into the New Adult genre. And let me just say that Lisa Burstein did it perfectly! I loved PRETTY AMY, so I was very happy to get to see more of Amy and Joe. In THE NEXT FOREVER, Amy and Joe are away at college, and like many young adults who are in a new place away from the familiarities of home, they find themselves questioning a lot of things. Including their relationship. It is this ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Next Forever by Lisa Burstein
Book 1.5 of the Pretty Amy series
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: January 13, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC provided by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

One night in college can change everything…

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party
Amy Fournier
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Pretty Amy, so when I saw that Lisa Burstein was writing a novella about Joe and Amy in college I was so excited!! Though you don't have to read Pretty Amy before this, I highly suggest it so you know the characters and what things they have gone through in the past. It really helps to understand why they are having the feelings they do in this. Even being a short novella, this packs quite a punch. Told in alternating POV"s between Joe and Amy, you get to know how each is feeling. What t ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I actually really enjoyed Pretty Amy, the story of a girl heavily lacking self-confidence who ends up making some really bad choices to fit in. I mean, who didn't do some stupid things in high school in order to feel like they belonged? This novella picks up with Amy and her boyfriend, Joe, now in college. Honestly, I'm torn on this novella, mostly because I think it's very much aimed at pleasing the stereotypical new adult audience. Like, yes, I loved Easy, but most of the NA books anger me jus ...more
Lauren Blakely
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. The author does a great job tapping into heartfelt emotions. She has some pretty nice turns of phrase in her writing too! A quick read and a touching one about choices and pasts and presents.
Rachel Firasek
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this novella and will be going back to read the beginning!
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Pretty Amy & wished I got to see more of Amy with Joe, so this novella was perfect. The writing is beautiful & the emotions so raw & real. It was the perfect compliment to Pretty Amy.
Lyra Gill
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted HERE.

If you've read Pretty Amy (and I do recommend that you read it before delving into The Next Forever), you might have a slight idea of what to expect from this novella. Don't let the gorgeous cover fool you - just like Pretty Amy, The Next Forever is intense, full of gritty, emotional scenes and stark self-realizations. Burstein's writing is as strong as ever as she explores the next chapter of Amy's life, and Joe's as well. Amy got her happy-ever-after with Joe, b
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What would happen if both parties in a relationship started to feel just a bit trapped and on the same night went out to test the boundaries, to go back and see if they were the same people they were before the relationship? Well that is what Lisa Burstein explores in The Next Forever and it makes it an interesting and fresh premise for a novella. I think that's what I love about the New Adult genre is that it tackles a lot of things that are there but romance doesn't tackle. It has the raw real ...more
Laurynne Gouws
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-stars
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I was given a copy of this novella by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Actual Rating For this Book: 4.5 Stars

I have not read the first book in this series and I'm not going to lie... I so need to read what happens before this! I didn't actually realize that there was a book before this and honestly, I loved the cover and at first that was the main reason this book caught my interest.

I finished this book in an hour and a
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. This has in no way influenced my review or opinions of this book.

Blurb from Goodreads:
One night in college can change everything…
Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another sto
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

The Next Forever is a Novella that takes place in the months following the events in the book Pretty Amy . Coming it at only 96 pages, I flew through this Novella fairly quickly and was surprised when it ended because it didn't feel finished or maybe I just didn't want it to be.

I love Lisa Burstein's writing the way it flows so smoothly and effortlessly across the pages. The writing is one of the main reasons that keep me coming back to her books. I also love the way the author captures t
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The next forever was all that mattered."

I am truly at a loss with my review. I want to talk about The Next Forever, and how amazingly honest and insightful I found it to be, but I can't make my heart go there.

Lisa Burstein is a gift to young women, and the people who love these girls. I wish, so much, that Pretty Amy and The Next Forever had been around when I was younger. How much easier my life might have been if I had been able to hand my mom, dad, or boyfriend (now husband) one of these bo
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a tale of how, rather speaking on ,whats on are mind really n whats troubling us; we tend to gravitate towards what we perceive in our mind , as it should be and this image of " supposed to be " is what screws us up the most in life .

I haven't read it's prequel but I strongly recommend you do . I was loaned this novel at Netgalley for honest reviewing . The story is told over the span of “just one night” , from the alternating point of views of both Amy and Joe,the high school sweethe
Jenna Howard
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
For the record - The Next Forever is a sequel to the story Pretty Amy. I haven't read Pretty Amy (yet but I will) nor did that affect reading this book.

I'm kind of on the fence about this story. I really enjoyed it but the bouncing first person point of But at least I knew when I was in Joe or Amy's point of view as it said: Joe (or) Amy. I was surprised in another book but that's for another day. I figure when you bounce - go to third because sometimes it just read a l
Rebecca Berto
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rebecca by: Review copy

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THE NEXT FOREVER by Lisa Burstein is such a short read (a small novella), yet it was epic! Obviously, cheating isn't right, but I don't know how she made me enjoy reading the story of a boyfriend (Joe) and girlfriend (Amy) at separate parties, wondering if they'd end up hooking up with someone else.

I absolutely recommend this novella. I haven't read book #1 in the series, so if you haven't, don't worry.

As much as I enjoy naughty, sexy reads, I always, absolutely need a messag
Madison Louise
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

I LOVED Pretty Amy, it totally said what was true, and I think I could save a lot of girls from doing things they shouldn't. It was a great life lesson.

THE NEXT FOREVER wasn't a life lesson, it was a NA Comtemp. Romance, and it was still good! I loved reading Amy and Joe's story.

The only thing that didn't enjoy very much, was how they kept arguing with themselves throughout the whole book, they weren't sure what they wanted, and they were having a hard time figuring out what they wanted,
Leanne Drake-kavanagh
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. I am such a fan of Amy's :)
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could crawl into a glass bottle with like a boat, so we could spend forever corked off from everyone. Ch.1 6%

"I thought your friends were coming with us," I said, feeling my pulse star to beat in my neck. Not that he'd said anything like that, but I had assumed. I had used it to quiet my bullshit meter. A group of kids going to a party together was one thing. Just the two of us was a date.
I had a boyfriend. I couldn't go on a date. It was bad enough I'd accepted Trevor's invitation at
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, I want to thank Entangled Publishing for providing me with a review copy of The Next Forever.

I want to start out this review by stating that I have not yet read Pretty Amy. On Lisa's own website she states that all of the Pretty Amy books can be read in any order, that they are companion novels, not a series. So when I got the chance to review a copy of The Next Forever, I jumped at it. I've heard so much about her book that I didn't want to miss my chance on this one and I'm so glad I d
Shirley Frances
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amy and Joe have started college after spending a wonderful summer reacquainting themselves and spending every moment together - just the two of them. Suddenly thrown in a different setting where there are new experiences to discover, new people to get to know and new temptations, Amy and Joe try hard to remember why they are together in the first place. Joe tries to hard to hang on to Amy, while Amy struggles once again with who she wants to be.

It was great to visit with Amy and Joe and see the
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, read-2013
As much I love catching up with beloved characters, I did not enjoy The Next Forever which shows Amy and Joe at college. I'm actually a bit confused as to the message this novella is sending. It all starts with Joe asking Amy to move in with him, she's hesitant to answer because she doesn't want to, but she doesn't want to lose him. He wants her to say yes because he doesn't want to lose her, but he also hopes she'll say no. He ends up telling Amy he's going to the library to study, but really h ...more
Vi (like the letter)
I definitely didn’t know that this was a companion novella to Pretty Amy, but I’ll admit that you don’t really need to read Pretty Amy to understand what’s going on here. The Next Forever solely focuses on Amy and Joe’s relationship as the transition through the first semester of college. It’s here that they decide what roles they want to fulfill and whether or not they should stay together. Their relationship is pretty much put to the test as they do things outside their comfort zone on this on ...more
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Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie, Sneaking Candy, The Possibility of Us and Again. As well as a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing ...more

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