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Reviewed by Cindy Bowles for Readers' Favorite
Emma and Sonnet, two look-alike girls, are suddenly transported into each other’s lives due to identical, ongoing, local mystical storms when each teenage girl enters the same closet space a century apart. Culture and identity shocks initially wreak havoc for them, but as they each move forward in the life of the girl they have replaced, they find faithful friends and visionaries that give them each hope that they can somehow return to those they love in their own lifetimes. However, Emma’s life is especially topsy-turvy for Sonnet, and she seeks sanity and reasoning to solve the mystery behind it for her own survival, as well as for Emma's if she should ever be able to return. Emma, on the other hand, discovers a relationship that she has hungered for her whole life in Sonnet’s very own family circle. What is each girl meant to learn from this unique time travel experience and why did it happen to them? Will they ever be able to find the coordinated, mystical portal again to switch back into their own time or will they have to settle for living out each other’s lives?
In this romantic tale of fantasy, young adult readers, tweens and even adults will become absorbed in the adventure of time travel, and how true friendship and real courage help one to conquer even the most difficult of challenges. Even though they never actually meet, for they cannot share the same time and space, Emma and Sonnet learn to greatly appreciate one another. A mystical tale of teenage time travel that engages and delights the reader. But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh is an intriguing, imaginative teenage tale with bits of suspense, modern life, history, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, family relationships, and family history all wrapped together—and is highly recommended!