Book Review: All The Forever Things

Title: All The Forever Things
Author: Jolene Perry
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: 01/04/2017
Pages: 288
Format: E-Book‘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 friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?

Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.

But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.’


Jolene Parry, thank you so much for making me have so much book love. I’ve been waiting for this book without realising that this was a book that I need in my life.

From page one, Parry had me completely hooked at I could not help but want to find out more. As a character, Gabe was someone that you couldn’t help but feel for. With her rather unusual upbringing, you could tell that growing up with her parents being funeral directors changed the way that she thought about this and I loved the way that it came across.

This book managed to find a good balance of comedy when it was needed as well as taking a step back to hit some of the more serious issues faced by the characters. There were parts where I was able to laugh out loud and other parts where Jolene Parry managed to tug at my heart strings. It brought out such a range of feelings for me and that was one of the things that I loved most about it.

The growth of all the characters in this book was brilliant. Each of the main characters began to change and grow in their own way in parts of their lives that they needed to let go of and build upon. It was so nice to see the changes Gabe, Bree and Heartman made and how it affected them. How some of them would embrace that changes and others struggled with it. It was realistic in the way that teenagers will deal with massive changes in their lives.

It felt as though this entire book just flowed so well. From chapter to chapter, everything word was just effortless to read but still kept me hooked right up until the very end. Character development was at the right pace and you couldn’t help but fall in love with the majority of the characters.

I could read this book over and over again.
Rating: 5 stars

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