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Forever Innocent

(Forever #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,096 ratings  ·  406 reviews
"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Casey Shay Press (first published September 23rd 2013)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
DNF at 56% of the book; Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk

Corabelle and Gavin have a painful past. They were best friends, then lovers, and made plans to go to the same college. All that changed when Corabelle got pregnant and their baby boy Finn (love that name) died. Already vulnerable, Corabelle needed Gavin to be there for her and instead, he hightails it out of the funeral and never returns. Until they see each other in astronomy class 4 years later. Corabelle is a shell of who she
5 stars
“Crossing the line isn’t about forgetting the people we love. It’s about not letting our past sorrow steal our future joy.”

Gavin and Corabelle did not have it easy, in fact, what they went through is not something anyone should ever go through, but sadly for them it was their reality and something they had to survive at such a young age. Years after Gavin left Corabelle alone at the funeral parlor; fate has thrown them together once again. Not prepared for the emotion that comes when
Advance Reviewer Copy in exchange for honest review. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

** I would rate this book a 3.8**

Forever Innocent takes you on an emotional journey of heartbreak, loss, fear, love, guilt, hate, sadness, happiness, anger, and resentment.

Corabelle and Gavin were two childhood friends who became lovers then parents. Their perfect love story came to an end when they both experience the tragic loss of their 7 day old baby boy, Finn. The death of Finn greatly
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 29, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-tbr
I just was sent a little excerpt from this book and liked the sound of it! Plus, I love second-chance romances so I'm adding it to my list :)

"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never
Claire Robinson
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book that will stay with me for a very long time, and although it ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger I can forgive Deanna Roy for it because, in all honestly I kind of need a break from the exhaustive emotional roller-coaster she put me through in the last 35% of the book.

Corabelle and Gavin grew up together, had a baby together, lost their baby together, then fell apart separately.

I must admit that when I initially started reading Forever Innocent, my first thoughts were that there
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars*

This book has a brilliant blurb and I was expecting BIG things when I opened it up, but it just fell a little flat for me. Yes it had its moments of being deeply emotional but on the whole it really only skimmed the surface of what it could be.
"Our baby dies on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Fast forward 4 years from said prom night, and Corabelle is a shell of her former self. She's lost not only her baby, but the love of her life too. As well as dealing with
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
“Crossing the line isn't about forgetting the people we love. It's about not letting our past sorrow steal our future”

This is a beautiful story about two broken people, who have experienced great loss, a loss they have never fully recovered from.

Corabelle is starting fresh. She had her life all planned out in New Mexico, but after a lapse in judgement left her arrested, she was asked to leave her safety bubble and set sights for San Diego. She is broken. She lost her baby days after he was
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Holy crap. The dreaded cliff strikes again. I really need to start doing my research before reading a book.

This book kept me hooked from page one. I loved the history between Corabelle and Gavin. It added so much depth to the story. It was easy for me to feel the connection between them, and feel how connected they once were.

There was so much sadness and grief I this book. My least favorite thing about the book is the exact same thing that made it so great…the emotion. The author literally had
May 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

I'll be honest. With a description that started like that, I was expecting Forever Innocent to be much more emo than it was. I was expecting histrionics on a scale only middle schoolers can aspire to. What I walked away with was a deep sense of what losing a baby you didn't expect must do to someone emotionally. Especially when you are just leaving highschool. I know that my high school self would not have coped well with half of
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
I am going to say up front that I have mixed emotions about this book. There was just something missing in Forever Innocent and I just can’t put my finger on it. The writing was good. The story was good. I think my disconnect was with the “here” of the book and not so much the “then” of the book. Does that make sense? Okay, deep breath. I am diving in.

Corabelle and Gavin were together since before they could talk. They grew up together, grew in love together and had a baby together. Their baby
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought I was going to love this story, but it just didn’t meet my expectations. From the beginning, I couldn’t connect with this book very well. The book just seemed so fickle. I felt like each chapter jumped from one to another. I just didn’t read a smooth transition from any of the chapters that I would normally see.

For most of the story I just couldn’t connect with Gavin and Corabelle. I didn’t like the hero Gavin because he left Corabelle at one of the most traumatic point of their
Cari Sury (Girl+Book Love Blog)
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Whoa. Emotional rollercoaster. Heavy angst. Lots of crying. Really good.

So it took me awhile to be able to process my thoughts! This was one heck of a good book! I was blown away while reading it! (and after!) Corabelle and Gavin’s story was heartbreaking. They lost their son Finn just a few days after he was born. They were young, but I loved how they were so committed to each other and their son. When they suffered that tragic event, they didn’t
Anne OK
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
A second chance at love story between two high schoolers who shared an extremely difficult and life-changing situation in their teens, parted and then were once again reunited years later -- but whether or not their relationship full of hurt and secrets can be re-ignited is another story. One that includes a dreaded cliffhanger.

Tempting start to a new NA series that may lead me back to picking up the second book.

Deanna Roy writes this story about a young couple faced with tragedy and their second chance romance. I really liked the way this story was told. It starts in the present where Corabelle and Gavin are both students at UCSD, their college by the sea. They are both recovering from tragedy and healing in their own ways. For them, its the only way they know how. The story flashes back to the loss and devastation that they faced. I really liked the way it played out. It gave me as the reader the full
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I never knew about these," he said. "They showed up later." I tried to cover them, but he pushed my hands away. "They're beautiful." He began kissing each pale line, hip to stomach and back down again. "It's proof that Finn was once here."

This is such a beautiful book that tore at my heart and made me so sad then gave me hope. The writing of is so well done it flows effortlessly and I found myself flying through this book. I will say straight away that this I is a series and Corabelle and
3.5 stars

When I requested this book on NetGalley, I never thought that I will have similar feeling to what Corabelle and Gavin feel. I know it will be an emotional story and potentially will be a tearjerker book but I'm not an easy crier over books I read. So I was kind of think I can read it just fine like any other sad story and quite sure it won’t affect me since I don't have a child and never give a birth.

Apparently I was wrong. I was fine in first half of the story. I loved how vivid
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing this ARC

ok, please bear with me here, coz some of this is probably not gonna make sense, and I'll possibly be contradicting myself a bit.

so here I go with some contradictions, but they all do fit this book. it was light & even funny at points, it was heart warming, heart breaking, & gut wrenching. it was filled with love, hate, friendship, guilt, anger... this book was so filled with feelings & emotions, but written in a way that
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cliffhanger
Received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy is such an emotional and heartbreaking read. It kept me absolutely captivated, though at times I had step away for a moment to compose myself I could not put it down.

From the blurb you think the book is going to begin on the night Corabelle and Gavin lost their baby when in fact it starts four years later when they first run into each other. Corabelle has not seen Gavin since he walked out of their son, Finn’
Laura Carson
*I was given an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Gavin and Corabelle have a past that no one at their new school knows, and if they have anything to say about it things will stay that way. Both of them are looking for a new start at the college they dreamed of attending since they were children. However, after a tragic lost of a child that had signified all their hopes and dreams and going their separate
Wow, I'm not really sure what words I can come up with to review Forever Innocent that would give this book justice. Forever Innocent is such a heart wrenching and emotional story. I am blessed to be the mother of four healthy children. Getting pregnant initially for me was not easy as a long time sufferer of Endometriosis but I was fortunate enough to not have had any miscarriages and gave birth to healthy children. When I was 6 months pregnant with my fourth child a very close friend gave ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i was trying to be strong when i was reading this, but once it got to the flashbacks, i was bawling my eyes out. this is kind of a weak link for me. just a few months ago, my cousin had a baby, and he died exactly a week after he was born. he was born without a full brain and skull. so reading this here, i kinda feel like i have firsthand account of what it felt like for them.

the writing, characterization - i loved it all!
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I rarely cry because of a book but I did reading this. It starts off saying Gavin & Corabelle break up because their baby dies at just 7 days old. The whole time I wanted to hear what happened with baby Finn...then halfway through I found myself literally sobbing, when they lose him. Their love story is sweet yet sad. I was completely rooting for them. Can't wait to get to the sequel!
Izzie d
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
I loved this book even though it completely broke my heart. The writing, the characters and the story all had me hooked from the first chapter and this was one of those books that I literally couldn't put down.

Gavin and Corabelle's story was tragic, they had been best friends as kids and that friendship had turned into so much more when they hit their teenage years. These two were meant to be together and with the support of their family and friends, their future was full of promise. Even an
Brooke-True Story Book Blog
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

A very touching, heartbreaking, and overall emotional book. But in a good way of course.

First I need to prepare you all…get the tissues. Not kidding, this is one emotional story. Not in the melt your heart kind of way, but in the break your heart, reduce you to sobbing tears emotional. Now, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t melt your heart moments. Because there really are. And I really looked forward to these moments.

So the heart break started from the get-go. Well, if you want to call the
Three Chicks
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

Corabelle and Gavin were best friends growing up. They naturally progressed into the next stage of romance during their high school years. At the age of 17 they found themselves looking at their future as they embraced the idea of being together forever when they realized they were going to become parents. Their idea of a perfect happily ever after did not include signing papers to have a ventilator turned off their 6-week premature baby boy while everybody else their age was getting ready for
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, new-adult
3.5/5 stars

I will be very honest with you all- this book broke my heart several times and as I read I felt I had a vise gripped around my heart. Don't get me wrong- I enjoyed this one, but wow. My emotions were all over the place!

This book is narrated in both Corabelle and Gavin's POVs, which made it all the more heart wrenching. Both Corabelle and Gavin are two very broken people, who after sharing a painful past, are thrown back into one another's lives with no warning. Neither one is ready
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
4 stars

When I first read the synopsis of Forever Innocent I was a little hesitant about reading it because I wasn't really a fan of heartbreaking stories. I didn't want to hurt..! LOL but I couldn't help it whenever I read a story that just rips emotions out of you. This story did that to me, but I can't say I hated the experience.

First of all, I really like the synopsis. I think it was cleverly written. It tells readers the overarching story, but hints that there's more to this story than
S Parent
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I think Deanna Roy’s Forever Innocent may be my favorite new adult novel I’ve read so far, and it’s certainly one of the best I’ve encountered. This book deals with a very difficult issue that happens to resonate with me on a personal level: the death of an infant. But I think even readers who haven’t dealt with this experience will still be moved by the raw pain and emotion in this novel.

The plot of Forever Innocent is fairly simple: main characters Corabelle and Gavin meet unexpectedly
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