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All the Forever Things

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  54 reviews
“How many times have you saved me?” I ask Bree.

She grins. “Don’t you mean how many times have we saved each other?”

Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Albert Whitman & Company
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(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley.)

"Wanna guess?" He grins.
I glance at the man's face, a little grayish now, but it will pink pretty quickly once the embalming fluid fills his veins.
The man is older, but not super old. About ten years older than my dad and pretty overweight. "Heart attack?"

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who lived at a funeral home.

Gabriella came across as a quite normal sort of girl, even if
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
“All the Forever Things” is a unique book that deals with deep issues in a sensitive and entertaining way.

I think every young adult or adult who is/was an outcast will be able to relate to “Graveyard Gabe,” even if your family does not own a funeral home. The story is bittersweet and touches on friendship, embracing who we are, first loves, forgiveness, and death. Somehow this is all put together in a way that hurts at times but is funny and entertaining at others.

I recommend “All the Forever Th
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I saw a new book by Jolene Perry I knew I had to read it, even more so after reading the synopsis. The idea of the protagonist living at a funeral home really drew me in, and i had to know how this affected her and her social life

Gabe lives in funeral home that is run and owned by her parents, and once that knowledge is out tends to scare possible friends away. Her one and only friend in school is Bree, whilst everyone else either avoids her, or makes fun of her dress sense and her home. On
julianna ➹
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: drc
This book was excruciatingly boring.

That might have had to do with the fact that... I read this over the course of three months. But the thing is, I didn't want to pick this up. It didn't pull me in, and there was little to no plot.

*whispers to book* this is your fault, not mine.

This was the one part that I could get behind. Bree and Gabe had fun personalities and I genuinely enjoyed reading from Gabe's voice and her point of view. However, as there was a break in Bree and Gabe's rel
Jan 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
The main character is selfish and immature. The most interesting thing about her was that her family runs a funeral home. I wish the author would have been a bit more original instead of making Gabriella a Wednesday Adams clone. The MC talks about how wonderful her relationship is with her BFF until her BFF does something she doesn't agree with (*gasp* dating a guy Gabriella doesn't like) and then she spends the rest of the book trying to prove how awful the guy is. The dialogue is overly simpli ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
What can I say about this novel? I’m sitting on the fence on this one as I found it frustrating and sad. How can individuals be so selfish and why do individuals lay down and let themselves be so exposed?

I found it frustrating that sixteen-year-old Gabe had only one true friend. I understand that living at a funeral home and having parents that own the home put a damper on things but there has to be a way to find friends. When Bree isn’t there for Gabe, she has nothing, a big fat ZERO and my hea
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I can't say I loved the characters in this, but they weren't awful.

This wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't one that gripped me unfortunately. It struggled to keep my interest, and I felt quite bored for most of it. It didn't drag too badly though thankfully.

Overall, Not awful, but nowhere near as good as the other books I've read from this author.
Cassie Mae
So good! Friendship books are my fave and Jolene just did so well with this one <3
Bitchin' Reads
12/19/2017: In retrospect, I'm pretty neutral about this book. It had its moments where I identified with Gabe, Bree, and the others, but then there were other moments where I realized I wasn't invested in this story. I normally don't read contemporary--it isn't my go-to genre. I read it once in a while, and there are books like Me Before You, Eliza and Her Monsters, The Hate U Give, The Upside of Unrequited, Love is Both Particle and Wave, and many others that make part of my heart their home. ...more
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Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read this ARC of ALL THE FOREVER THINGS in exchange for my honest review.

"Graveyard Gabe's" parents run a funeral parlor, hence the charming nickname. She doesn't mind being an outcast, as long as she has BFF Bree by her side. But when Bree breaks the cardinal "sisters before misters" rule by getting a popular boyfriend, Gabe is beyond hurt and angry. She's determined to prove that Bryce is a bad influence with the help of a new friend who is NOT her boyfri
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed the setting and the quirky characters as well as Gabe's slightly bizarre way of dealing with the dead people in her home (Vada from My Girl has nothing on Gabe ;).
However, I absolutely hated everything about her relationship with Bree, especially Bree herself -which made the whole crux of the story kind of difficult for me.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jolene Perry has yet to let me down with her writing and this is no different. However, I will go out on a limb and say that this is one of my FAVORITE books by her that I've read so far. This book is full of humor, sadness and characters that you can relate to. It really makes you look at losing a loved one so differently. Gabe works and lives in a funeral home that her parents run so she sees death all the time. It doesn't hold the sadness that it does for most. She has sort of become immune t ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gabriella Osborn's parents run a family business of being undertakers, of which Gabriella and her cousin help out at.
Gabriella's best friend Bree also does make-up on the dead there.

We learn about Gabe as she's known to everybody else and Bree's history of discovering boys and their shared passion of all things, vintage, dark, Gothic, Wednesday Addams style fashions and films.

Bryce the school jock ruined Gabe's first kiss but now he's dating Bree leaving her with new guy Hartman whom she's embar
Elizabeth Barnes
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
"Everything about this moment is familiar. The silent communication between Mom and Dad as they shift the casket into the best position for viewing. The bereaved's sighs, me sliding the soft soles of my shoes over the carpet, and the overpowering smell of condolences that have arrived from companies with names like flowers r us."

"From growing up in the funeral home her family runs, Gabriella knows that death is a part of life and nothing is forever. Yet Bree, her best friend, has been a constant
Tanya Grech Welden
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
In many ways I enjoyed this story. While Gabe annoyed me at times (she is actually pretty clueless), I was able to forgive her this. After all the story is really about her finding her way through her flaws. In terms of ideas there is a quite a lot going on and I was pleased to see that Perry was not afraid to tackle the tricky subjects of death and the meaning of life. I liked the setting for the story (a funeral home) although I tend to feel that Perry settled for cliches in her depiction of t ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a YA contemporary about a teenage girl who grew up in a funeral home, who dresses in black vintage clothes, and who has no friends aside from her BFF Bree. The story is a little bit coming-of-age and a little bit romance (once a weird (but handsome) lanky stranger moves into town and starts going to her school). I have mixed feelings about this book, because it did some things really well, and some things felt ambiguous or confusing or unnecessarily frustrating.

The Good: I usually get
The NYC Talon
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read an ARC of All the Forever Things!

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I found the general story-line and characters to be appealing. I like that Gabe had a complex relationship with death - I mean she dresses like Wednesday Addams and lives/works in a funeral home/mansion. I liked that she had a friend with a bad home life. This is good, this is unique and engaging. On the other hand, there were quite a few drawbacks for me as a reade
Evelyn Hornbarger
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The main character is an introverted, vintage dress loving, introverted daughter of a mortician. She owns her quirkiness from the get-go, but it's all OK because she has her bestie. Until something is off with her bestie. NO, NOT MY BESTIE!!!! Is there any heartbreak quite as sweet and awful as the heartbreak of losing a best friend? Nope. It's the worst.
I fell in love with the fact that this girls family owns a funeral home. Seriously, the best backdrop for the awkwardness of teenage crushes, a
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This isn't the usual sort of book I read. I tend to stay away from the angsty books, but there was something about this one that made me request it.

I looooooved Gabe. She's smart and snarky and doesn't really know how to deal with people outside of her BFF, Bree. I was captivated while reading her figuring out how to navigate the changes and ups and downs of her life. I wasn't a huge fan of Bree, but was able to understand a bit more once we got the entire story. As for Hartman, yeah, he's perf
Kelly Hager
Gabe (Gabby to her parents, much to her annoyance) lives in a funeral parlor. It's the family business. Most of her classmates think she's really weird but she doesn't care. She has her best friend, Bree, and they're happy. Except then Bree starts dating Bryce (who used to be really mean to Gabe, and who's never been exactly pleasant to her). Now their friendship is really strained and Gabe has no idea how to get her friend back...or how to deal with the guy she's kind of dating.

This book has a
Stephanie A.
Girl's best friend dates a guy we'll call Bryce Crapbag, immediately becomes a terrible friend / general airhead overnight, whines that her best friend doesn't understaaaaaand how nice it is to feel wanted by a hot jock (bully), and just does that for about 200 pages. When the crux of your jacket summary relies on an event that happens in the last quarter of the story, that might be a sign you don't have enough plot*.

*(view spoiler)
Maria Christine

Gabe is probably the most selfish MC I've ever read about. I mean seriously, she's even worse than the Alphas I've read about.

I could've rated this with 5 stars but unfortunately, by the end of the book I was so exasperated with Gabe, I want to throttle her.

If you come to think of it, what she did was a self-imposed isolation. She decided to act out based on the taunts and she ended up isolating herself and dragging Bree with her. I mean like seriously, who are you to dictate how your frien
Gerardo Delgadillo
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this ebook ARC in exchange for my honest review.

3 out of 5 stars.

I struggled with this book from the beginning. The distant narrator made it difficult to engage with her. Although the story includes a unique character living in a different kind of house, it felt cliché for most of the novel with the usual school setting, and prom, and friends. Around the last third of the book, a turn of events made me care for the characters, and the story improved a bu
Laura's Book Addiction
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-wishlist, 2017
"Forevers are everywhere."

All The Forever Things was a super quirky read but one that was Impossible to put down. Gabe's spent her whole life living above her family's funeral parlour, she has the whole Wednesday Addams vibe going on which I love.

But this has made Gabe a target for ridicule and she's over cautious about stuff that could end in death, case in point she doesn't swim in the sea because of drowning, hates driving her car and never learnt to a bike.

A unique YA novel that ask the qu
Penny Olson
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is centered around the friendship between Gabe and Bree which fractures when Bree starts dating a guy that Gabe doesn't like. Gabe also starts a relationship with a boy who is new to their school. There are some big themes explored such as death, grief, friendship and being different, especially in high school. Gabe develops as a character and learns to become more empathetic and less self focused, when a tragedy occurs that directly affects her friend Bree. Overall, an interesting rea ...more
Hannah Tyer
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two day read. I love this book! I related to Gabe through the weird actions, separating oneself from the crowd and a lover of black clothing. The book depicts the separation of loved ones in all aspects, in losing a father, or boyfriend to death, or in losing a best friend to a boy. The author shows th ward of the friendship very well, although I would have liked to know more about Bree's mom's situation a little bit more to know the impact it had on Bree. All around great read.
Rachel Schieffelbein
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It may be my new favorite Jolene Perry book. (And that's really saying something.) Gabe was such an interesting, compelling character. I really felt for her and what she was going through. And Hartman was just plain wonderful.
Seriously wonderful story about friendship, growing apart, and growing up.
Kelly Croasmun
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book greatly. Another winner by Jolene Perry!
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