Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Next Forever by Lisa Burstein from Entangled Publishing's Ever After Imprint. You can check out all the other great stops on the tour here. Lisa Burstein is also holding an awesome contest for jewelry inspired by The Next Forever, which you can enter here. Today's stop features an interview with Lisa, and review of The Next Forever.
Title: The Next Forever
Author: Lisa Burstein
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary
Length: 97 pages
Release Date: January 2013
Imprint: Ever After
One night in college can change everything…
Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…
Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush here the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.
Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.
Interview with Lisa Burstein, author of The Next Forever and Pretty Amy.
So great to be here. I love your blog :)
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
This question is so hard to answer, um I'm an author and I have two books out right now Pretty Amy & The Next Forever and another coming out in March titled Dear Cassie. I think most people would describe me as cynical, but also serious.
I know that The Next Forever is about Amy and Joe from your novel Pretty Amy, but can it be read as a stand alone?
Absolutely, my editor and I made sure there was enough information about both characters to enjoy it as a stand alone. I think with a sequel there is a fine line between giving a new reader enough information and not boring readers who know the beginning of the story. Many readers who never read Pretty Amy have loved Joe and Amy's new story. Many of them are going back to read their origin story now.
Can you tell us a little bit about Amy and Joe, and their history?
Amy and Joe have lived across the street from each other their whole lives and had always just been friends. When they hit high school they started hanging out in different cliques and lost touch. Amy went bad-girl and Joe went jock. Amy is arrested at the beginning of Pretty Amy and this spurs Joe and her to slowly start talking again, mostly combative at first. I don't want to give too much away, but by the end of the book they are romantically involved. The Next Forever takes us to their newly formed romantic relationship and how they deal with it, with the temptations and choices of college.
You crossed over from Young Adult into New Adult when writing The Next Forever. Which do you find the most enjoyable to write and why?
Hmmm... good question. I certainly like both, but I think I prefer writing YA. I have a teenage girl inside me who still has a lot of things to say I guess. What I like about writing NA is how freeing it feels. You don't have to worry about swearing, or sex, or drugs or drinking. All of those things are expected because it is in college. In YA, that stuff can be a little hard to navigate with your editor and it's the stuff I like to write about. The gritty stuff.
Can you tell us three things about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
I love Lifetime Movies
I am addicted to playing app games on my I-phone
My husband and I were together for 13 years before we got married (we met in college)
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I wrote my first story when I was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. My teacher loved it, thought it was one of the most creative things she'd ever read. That did it. I was hooked.
If you had to sum up The Next Forever in a tweet, what would it say?
Can high school love last forever, or can one night in college really change everything?
This or That:
E-books or print copies? Print
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Coffee, tea, or Coke? Coffee and Tea
Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? ALL CHOCOLATE ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by Lisa!
My Review: Amy and Joe are in their first semester of college and are transitioning not only into the college scene, but also in a transition from dating in high school, to dating in college. It is obvious from the beginning that they have an intense relationship both physically and emotionally. What seemed like something that would last forever in high school now has gotten kind of blurred in college with a new school, new people, and new temptations. Joe was always a jock in high school and wants to pledge a fraternity. Amy was a bad girl who is now trying to turn herself around after a bad experience, but wants nothing to do with the fraternity/sorority scene. Joe needs space, and Amy needs to figure out why she has the hots for bad boy Trevor when she loves Joe. One lie sets off a series of events that test everything they thought they had, but also helps them to realize what they each really want.
The Next Forever is a short novella, but it there's a lot of emotion packed in its pages. The story is told from both Amy and Joe's point of view, which I really liked, because it enables you to really connect with both characters and get inside their heads. The whole novella takes place over the course of one night. Both find themselves in bad situations facing some really serious temptations. These temptations cause both of them to really look inside themselves and realize what they really what, who they really want, and if the choices they are making are for the right reasons. Joe and Amy are not perfect, and neither is their relationship, but sometimes it takes something bad to help you figure out what you have that is good and worth fighting for. If you enjoy contemporary romance then The Next Forever is a short, fast-paced, hot, and emotionally packed romance that you might want to check out.
About: Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.
She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.
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Read chapter one here.