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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Forever Blue is a mystery novel for young adults written by Abby Wilder. Lennon Donnelly moves back to their hometown with her mother after her little brother’s death. While visiting her brother’s grave, she wanders to the grave of Ruben Douglas Mitchell, and meets a boy there. Puruwai is a place where everybody knows everybody and Lennon soon realizes that Ruben is the twin brother of Judah, and that he drowned after the tragic death of Cara’s sister. Cara Armistead is a close friend of the twins and the tragedy of the past has seriously strained her relationship with Judah. This chance meeting in the cemetery will thrust Lennon into a mysterious relationship with the twins that will once again baffle the small community, but things are not what they seem to be.
In Forever Blue, author Abby Wilder masterfully weaves a delightful tale of mystery that deals with vulnerabilities and eventualities. And this makes her main characters - Lennon, Cara, Ruben and Judah - vivid, colorful and sympathetic so that we tend to hold our breaths as they are driven to their inevitable fates. Forever Blue is a delicately surprising piece of literary work. It is a gorgeous mixture of mystery and romance that is both melancholic and elusive. In the end, it feels like we are presented with a picture of something that may or may not exist. And this makes the novel an unforgettable experience. Abby Wilder is definitely an author to watch out for!