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From acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a wry, heartfelt exploration of love and loss. When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem jFrom acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a wry, heartfelt exploration of love and loss.When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem just out of reach—he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can’t move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort.When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined....

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  • Meredith
    2019-04-30 06:39

    Forever is the Worst Long Time is a love story that spans 18 years. It focuses on the love between friends, romantic love, and most significantly, a father’s love for his daughter. In 1998, James Hernandez meets his best friend Rob’s girlfriend, Lou, and instantly falls in love. He believes Lou is the perfect woman and pines for her from afar. James’s belief that Lou is his ideal taints his future romantic relationships and eventually leads to the destruction of his friendship with Rob. As the years pass, their relationships change, but all three unite when one of their lives dramatically changes.I wasn’t prepared for how emotional this book made me--I cried my face when I finished the last page. I thought that it was a simple love story about two friends, but it’s so much more. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • abby
    2019-05-03 01:45

    James is in love with Lou from the moment they meet, but she's engaged to his childhood best friend, Rob. For years, James loves Lou from afar, only wanting what's best for her, even if he believes that's a marriage to another man. From a distance, he watches Rob and Lou's love blossom, and then is witness as their relationship crashes and burns. In a moment of vulnerability, Lou and James act on their unspoken attraction to one another, and no one is spared the consequences, good or bad.This book is emotionally manipulative. It wasn't terrible to read, and it is decently written, but there's no question that the author uses life and death as a plot device. It's a cheap trick to get readers to feel things for otherwise flat, uninspiring characters. Lou, the object of both James and Rob's affections, is kind of a brat. She's a mostly unpaid poet who complains that her husband at work all the time, but refuses to see that as the consequence of wanting to live a NYC lifestyle on one income. James is a little richer of a character, but still pretentious. Overall, this book was a little too close to a "Lifetime Movie of the Week" for me to truly enjoy. 2.5 stars.I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.

  • Suzanne Leopold
    2019-05-07 05:50

    While visiting Rob and and his fiancee Lou in New York City, James is asked to be the best man at their wedding. Rob and James have been best friends since childhood and went to college together in Michigan. James stayed near home working as a professor when Rob left to develop his career. An attraction is evident between James and Lou but neither pursue anything.For many years Rob’s and Lou’s relationship flourish as does Rob’s career in finance. Meanwhile, James career path stalls when he isn’t successful at teaching or at finishing his novel. Any attempt at settling into a serious relationship is weakened by his thoughts of Lou.I don’t want to spoil this terrific book for future readers so I am limiting the details. It is perfectly narrated in a male voice and I had to remind myself that it is written by a female author. The many different emotions shown by the characters are expressed flawlessly. It is a realistic depiction of friendship and how it changes as we move through time.1 copy giveaway on my blog until 2/7

  • Amy
    2019-05-01 03:34

    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com4.5/5This book made me cry. That’s a pretty big deal for me you guys, I’m not really a crier, sure I have my moments but for the most part I’m pretty stoic. To say that this was an emotional read is an understatement and if you want a read with characters that are flawed, yet able to pull on your emotions, get this book! James is the narrator here and I found hearing from a male perspective to be a really refreshing experience. He’s writing to his daughter, Emerson which was really sweet and if you’re worried that he may sugarcoat things because of this, don’t be. He’s brutally honest about his life and the mistakes he’s made and though he has many regrets, he’s unapologetic in a raw way. It starts in 1998 when his lifelong best friend introduces him to his new girlfriend, Lou. James immediately feels a strong connection to Lou but knows there is no way he can act on it. Right? As the time goes by and Lou and Rob face their own struggles, Lou and James continue to bond. After giving into temptation for just one night, Lou and James discover that a series of seemingly small choices have the impact to change their lives forever. I don’t want to say much more about the plot as this is another book that I feel is best experienced on your own. I was totally enraptured by Pagan’s writing style and finished this one rather quickly. The characters were all extremely well developed and proved that even if you don’t always like or agree with choices they make, you will still feel a deep connection and understanding about why they behaved the way they did. This would be a perfect choice for a book club as there is SO much to discuss; love, loss, how the decisions we make, however small, can have life changing consequences, family, forgiveness, the beauty of unconventional relationships, I could go on and on. It really was a beautifully told story of one man’s journey that spoke to me on many levels.

  • Brandie
    2019-04-30 01:37

    This book made me cry and hug my husband tight last night. I wasn't expecting such an emotional read - this story surprised me in all the best ways.

  • Catherine McKenzie
    2019-05-16 02:57

    From the beginning of this novel, you know that the narrator, James, is narrating the book for someone, a child. Who that child is, what his relationship is to her and why he's writing this novel are the central mysteries of the book. This is a book about many things: friendships, love, parenthood, growing up, and loss. The final reveal - what prompted James to write in the first place - is heartbreaking but also fitting. A fast-paced novel that is well worth the read.

  • Karlita
    2019-04-27 23:44

    “This story ends with loss.”When you read a bunch of romance novels getting the same hype, characters, plot, ending and so forth, and read a book that was entirely different from what you were used to, you started to appreciate (which is an understatement by the way) the minds behind these great novelas. As clever and brilliant as it is, Forever is the Worst Long Time was one of those where the story was carefully thought, created in such a way the result was nothing but absolute perfection! An art, a masterpiece!Was it really love? This is a story between three people, Rob, Lou and James, who's lives intertwined by one life choice that changed everything. Complicated by love, the reality of its course, the implications and foundation or lack thereof. Could they learn to live by their choices? Could anybody really move forward?“In truth, it was a series of choices that snowballed into a much bigger decision, which then became an outcome that none of us saw coming.”I was drawn to it, opening myself in a much bigger perspective. A sense of understanding that life was always never been about rainbows and unicorns. It was mainly an outcome of the series of choices we made not just how you want to live by it but how you stand for it and never gives up. It is not my typical go-to read, using my imagination to fully create a picture of what was going on in the story. Because this book was so real you never have to think. Camille Pagán made me felt like it's my own, putting my mind, heart and soul to these great characters. What I'm trying to say is that it doesn't even felt like a fiction! This book gave me the chills and broke my heart all at the same time. A great portrayal that in every loss, there is hope and in hope there is love to keep you from going even in the midst of life's adversities. “Because there's no such thing as life without heartbreak.”I honestly couldn't sum up my feelings in to this. As invested as I am, sometimes the best books were the once that I find hard to come up with a much better review. Not because they were not good but for the same reason that they were too good! I can envision a film adapted from this and just thinking about it made me really excited!***Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Camille Pagán for providing me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review! Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  • Letty
    2019-05-18 23:43

    Fabulous book! I really, really loved this book and it's going on my "Favorites" list for 2017! First of all, the title itself is amazing. The book was humorous in parts and heartbreaking in others with characters very likable and well developed. A story about the power of love, friendship, heartbreak, and forgiveness! This book had me captivated from the very beginning and was so hard to put down. If life hadn't gotten in the way, I probably would have read it in one sitting!! The writing was so very well done. I'm actually a bit sad that I'm done reading it as I wanted it to continue!! I highly recommend Forever is the Worst Long Time!!Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy.

  • Hristina
    2019-04-27 01:59

    This was a decent read. The story is intriguing, told unusually, and I really like Mrs. Pagán's way with words.But I didn't like the characters as much. I couldn't connect to anyone, especially not to the two characters I share a career-goal with. I found them both infuriating.I thought I would like it more, I wish I did.Pre-review note:This was my last read for 2016 (go out with a bang). Review soon.

  • Lisa Montanaro
    2019-05-04 03:50

    Great book! It is told from the perspective of a male protagonist named James who falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend/wife. At turns heartbreaking, funny, poignant, and heartwarming, it follows the lives of the characters as they make mistakes, fall apart, come together, fall apart, realize dreams, give up on goals, etc. But through it all, they are real, flawed, and lovable. I would probably characterize this as a romantic drama, but because it is told from a male perspective, it doesn't feel sappy. This is my first book by Camille and I'm thrilled that I got an early copy to read. I just purchased her other book Life and Other Near Death Experiences (she has the best book titles!). I'm now looking forward to reading other books by this author!

  • Kelli
    2019-04-25 00:34

    Loved this book! Beautifully written and deeply moving. I just love when a book allows you to feel as though you are listening to an old friend. "It was one of those moments when you feel unbelievably lucky to have been placed on the planet at the same time as the people in your life." THIS. This quote is everything. Page 8. It is the exact moment that I knew my romantic heart was lost on this wonderful story. I immediately added other books by this author to my book queue at the library.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-18 07:57

    This was such an interesting story. As I started, I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but the story kept building until I was emotionally wrapped up in it. I really LOVED James Hernandez. I would date James Hernandez! He seemed like such a wonderful friend, colleague, boyfriend, and lover. I think that's why I felt so upset about the things that happened to him. Much of story is about unconventional relationships. James is an English major/aspiring novelist from Ann Arbor Michigan where he still lives and works, his best friend Rob is in finance, and is living in NYC on the path to making it big. While on a visit to NYC to see Rob, James meets Lou, Rob's girlfriend. James sees Lou as the epitome of everything he's looking for in a woman. She's perfect, but she's Rob's girlfriend and soon James finds out she'll become Rob's wife. James struggles in his relationship back in Michigan with a fellow professor. They are happy, but there's no spark, there's no racing heart. Rob's job begins to erode his marriage and soon he and Lou separate. Lou turns to James for understanding and sympathy, but soon they find they have made matters worse. I have to say that Lou frustrated me, but I know sometimes having a character you dislike can make the story even better. At this point it seems that nothing is working out for James, his novel is stalled, his job is unsatisfying, and he's alone. Something unconventional happens to shake up James world and I was completely surprised how it helped James become whole. I cried, no I did not just shed a few tears, I was sobbing after chapter 26 and I continued to cry off and on until the end. Often the tears blurred the words on the page, but the unconventional life was James' savior in a sense. He found all the things I wanted for him and felt he deserved and the funny thing was, they were there all along. Thank you to the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sue
    2019-04-20 05:42

    This was a fantastic book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to read about characters so well written that you feel like you know them working through situations that you feel like you've been through; if you want to read a book that will make you laugh and cry and if you want to read a book that will stay with you long after the last page has been been read - then this is the book for you to read.When Jim meets his best friend's girlfriend Lou, he falls in love with her. She is everything that he has ever wanted in a woman and she affects every relationship that he gets into because in his mind, no woman can live up to her perfection. The rest of his life is a struggle too - he has problems with his teaching career and he just can't get started on the novel that he had planned to write. When Lou and Rob have marital problems, she turns to Jim for counsel. What happens next totally changes the future for Lou and Rob and especially Jim.This wonderful book is about love and friendship and family. It's about struggle and rewards that come when you don't expect them and how the sum total of one's life is made up of the family and friends that love you.Thanks to the author for an arc of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Athena
    2019-04-22 23:38

    This is such a wonderful read! Characters are so well developed. I enjoy this Authors 's work her wry humor and her understanding of difficult subjects makes it a pleasure for me to read. I recommend this book for bookclubs so many things to discuss love , forgiveness, infidelity ALS disease, and friendships. ,

  • Susan
    2019-05-16 01:52

    I finished this book early this morning and have spent much of today thinking about it. It was not at all what I expected. This book is all about the heartbreak of life - for good and bad. It's about love in all of its forms - forbidden, unrequited, between friends, for a child, for a parent. So very many versions of love are experienced while reading this book yet you don't fully realize it or appreciate it until it all pulls together in the end. This is also a story about the choices we make and the ramifications they have. It's about split second decisions with life long implications. Loss, redemption, heartache. Does it sound like a whole lot?? It is. But it wasn't too much. It was just right, very real and very touching. James and Rob are childhood friends - the best of friends. Lou is Rob's fiancée and James' relationship with each as well as others is the center of the book. His is a life full of mis-steps, lost opportunity and fear of taking leaps of faith or risk until one chance decision changes his life forever. He story was slow and steady through the first half and I spent almost equal time liking and disliking most of the characters. The second half became an unexpected roller coaster of emotions and hurdles, small and huge, for each of the main characters that had me so invested I couldn't stop reading to see what happened. And I cried, quite a bit. Sad, sorry, real emotional tears. Wishing things had gone differently maybe, more easily somehow for the characters, but recognizing the story would not have been the same or nearly as good if it had. You will want to tell everyone you haven't told in awhile that you love them after reading this book.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-18 04:56

    4.5 starsThis book was completely wonderful. I loved each step of the journey I was taken on with these characters. It left me in tears, and was a very heartfelt read. This is definitely my favorite by this author.

  • Arlena
    2019-05-08 00:34

    Title: Forever Is The Worst Long TimeAuthor: Camille PaganPublisher: Lake Union PublishingReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FourReview:"Forever Is The Worst Long Time" by Camille PaganMy Thoughts....This was a read of emotions, love, friendship, betrayal, tragic, loss,regret, forgiveness with three main characters: James, Lou and Rob who were all far from perfect. With their stupid mistakes they made, along with some crazy decisions will they ever be able to stop all of the hurting that is going on among these friends? This author gives the reader quite a complex plot that is well developed with surprises that goes in unexpected ways with surprises, celebrations as well as disappointments that will have you at some time shaking your head. By the end of this story the reader gets quite a heart breaking, wrenching story that will also be very thought provoking and also engaging read from 'lack of closeness in relations, ruined friendships, death and loss'. What else can be said about this story is the choices that one makes in there life can turn out to be short and or long term consequences. 'Life is short and it is what you make of it... for one must make it count.'

  • Hannah Ellis
    2019-05-08 02:56

    Loved this book! It's beautifully written and I couldn't put it down. Balled my eyes out at the end. I'm a big Camille Pagan fan! Hope she has more books coming soon.

  • Kelsey Walters
    2019-05-05 07:47

    This book gave me All. The. Feels. A beautiful story and the last chapter ties the entire thing together so perfectly.

  • Carol Boyer
    2019-05-01 00:36

    An emotional roller coaster ride is what it is like reading Forever is the Worst Long Time. From the intriguing title to the reality of a story of forbidden or unrequited love I was hooked. James's feeling of friendship and love for his best friend Rob were solid and true. He visits Rob in NYC and meets Lou Rob's fiance, who he is instantly attracted to and she seems like a perfect girl but just not the type for Rob according to James. Rob is a successful financier, James an aspiring writer of a novel and Lou a poetry writer. Rob and Lou get married and James tries to bury his feelings while not having any success with moving ahead in his career. Eventually, the marriage has broken pieces as Rob becomes so caught up in his job he is emotionally and physically unavailable and Lou withdraws and makes excuses to James who has also become her friend and who can tell something is not right. A betrayal happens and there are many consequences to this that takes this story on such an unbelievable level of questions that I grappled with wanting to shake Lou. There is great pain and loss, yet beautiful blessings in this book that made me cry, yet smile when events and memories of the past and future collide to bring deep meaning to this brilliantly written novel of compassion and true love. The emotions of the characters resonate deeply and stay long after the last page. A must read, a story of true love.

  • Claudia
    2019-04-21 07:46

    I loved James , he was such a sweet guy, he was in love with his best friend’s wife since the beginning but he never tried to act on his feelings. The story is mostly about these 2 best friends: James and Rob and the woman between them: Lou. The book is so well written and the characters are so well developed, you really think that this is a real story. My heart got broken at the end but I really enjoyed the story. I would recommend this book to everyone.Thanks for the ARC!

  • Lisa Steinke
    2019-04-29 05:36

    FOREVER IS THE WORST LONG TIME is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I fell in love with the characters, the writing, the plot. . . EVERYTHING. This is by far Camille Pagan's best yet. It reminded me of Frederik Backman's writing--that ability to make you absolutely root for and love even the most fallible people. Bravo, Camille!!!!

  • Kathleen Crowell
    2019-04-26 03:37

    so conflicted about how to rate this book. let me start by saying I was totally confused by page one, line one and had to go back and forth for a few pages to get myself oriented. could be just me and my state of mind lately! that was how my read started. I was swimming along for about 1/2 of the book and started thinking this isn't going anywhere except from year to year and while I LOVE James--I'm really not fond of Lou and Rob is pretty one-dimensional. Then BANG! Everything changes and it's almost a different book in what I consider "Part 2" It got weird and OMG: SAD! fast. I was crying at the end...reading on to find out how the story would end was imperative. Stream of consciousness over.James' character was nicely fleshed out, but his backstory was cursory and I never really believed he had this awful childhood. Lou and Rob were flat and their back stories were sort of thrown in quickly to explain why they were either great friends or troubled, whatever need explaining at the moment. Characters came and went to further the narrative. I was so annoyed by the ending because I wanted an HEA for James--didn't really matter to me about anyone else--he got such a raw deal. I was crying at the end. It still makes me so sad. That's where my conflict about rating this comes in. Does a book get a rating based on entertainment value or it's ability to make you feel something? To say I LOVED CP's Life and Other Near Death Experiences is an understatement. I wanted so badly to love this book as well. I didn't love the story, but some parts of her writing were so well done they made me feel serious emotion--how do I rate that?!!!!I'm giving this a 3. I can't seem to get past my frustration with how the story was arcing and then suddenly changed course. James was such a real character for me, I feel so defensive on his behalf. Enough said. I never write this much--this must've been a good book then, right?!

  • Marisa
    2019-05-10 06:39

    I got this novel (sent directly from the author since I've had the chance to "meet her online") at 6pm on Wednesday night. I started reading about 90 minutes later and was immediately hooked. The synopsis of this novel read that like it would be a light read featuring a love triangle and a friendship that is shattered by the same. This synopsis is very misleading. Instead this novel tells the story of unconditional love, the need to stay connected with your past, the true meaning of second chances and just what family means. It is strong and the characters are flawed but very real.I've had the pleasure of reading Pagan's novel THE ART OF FORGETTING which centered around friendship and betrayal and second chances. The main characters were strong women. I saw many parallels in the story and know that Pagán has a strong voice. I like that she made the main character in this novel to be a male. I felt that she showed the vulnerability in males and their friendships. Although the end of this novel left me in tears and feeling crushed it also left me feeling hopefulI loved this novel. I will read anything Pagán writes and mean it when I say she has become one of my favorites.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-04-23 06:33

    11/1998, Rob (23, James BMF), & Louisa “Lou” Bell (26, poet, U of Virginia, Columbia; MBA) were getting married. 2006, Lou published her 1st. book of poetry. The 2 of them now live in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY.Dr. Kathryn Pierce (James’ ex-GF, Professor, PhD, English, Ann Arbor, MI.), introduced her husband Christopher Bucknell (physicist), to Dr. James Javier Hernandez (Kathryn’s ex-BF narrator, Professor, PhD, English literature). Pagán, Camille. Jennifer (Lou’s BFF) called everyone to let them know Jason Wisnewski (35, BMF) had passed away.2008, Lou & Rob were for now separated. Lou & James were conversing quite frequently. Later what other news did she have for him?Will Lou (37) end up in a relationship? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written romantic book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great romance movie, or better yet a mini TV series. It was just OK for me so I will rate it at 4/5 stars. Thank you for the free Lake Union Publishing; Amazon Digital Services LLC; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Susan Peterson
    2019-05-07 02:30

    James Hernandez has been in love with Lou since the first time he saw her; but she is engaged to his lifelong best friend, Rob. When Lou's and Rob's marriage begins to unravel, James makes a fateful decision that will impact all of their lives, destroying friendships even as James experiences the best part of his life. This book is written as a journal, with James writing to his daughter, Emerson. What an emotional journey this book takes us on! The characters in this book are so real, so filled with love, angst, regret...all the things that make us human. Such a beautiful, heart wrenching story of love and loss, and living our lives the best way we can. Absolutely gorgeous prose that took my breath away, made my heart flutter with love, and shattered me to my core.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-22 05:51

    Be prepared to read a story about loss, including: loss of a friend, loss of a great love, loss of a friendship and loss of family members but Forever is the Worst Long Time is also about the love triangle between three good friends and their rocky road through adulthood, life and forgiveness.I won a Kindle copy of Forever is the Worst Long Time from a Goodreads Giveaway.I wasn't sure what to expect since this is the first book I've read from Ms. Pagan but I had several issues with Forever is the Worst Long Time, namely the characters. Wishy-washy, whiny, indecisive, almost cowardly people who could never make a decision or when they did, did not have the courage of their convictions to stand by the good (mostly poor) choices they made.James wasn't a bad guy, more Charlie Brown than I would have liked, an earnest and struggling writer with a troubled childhood (no shocker there) and unable to deny his attraction to Louisa, also an artistic soul (a poet! Ye Gads!) and might explain her weak and passive personality, who is engaged to Rob, his BFF (a soon to be cliche workaholic in finance who becomes an adulterer, natch) and the status of their relationship is ultimately decided when a fling between James and Lou ends in an unexpected pregnancy.Forever is the Worst Long Time vacillates between Louisa and James struggle to come to terms with how they feel for each other over the years, how their relationship grows and ebbs when each encounters personal obstacles and demons to overcome and how, in the end, maybe their attraction was meant to be brief, just not forever.I didn't hate James, Lou or Rob; I just didn't like them as people. Perhaps I could have empathized better if I liked them slightly more or maybe it was just too much on-again, off-again that drove me crazy, the constant hemming and hawwing, which is not unlike real relationships, I know, but I was young once and I hated on-again, off again then and I still do now.I didn't see the love between Lou and Rob, couldn't see how they ended up together or why, nor did I fully understand the attraction between Lou and James. Was it lust at first sight? If it was, no problem, I definitely believe in that but it was more and Ms. Pagan tries to demonstrate their shared interests and similarities but I still couldn't feel the love, or maybe because they were both survivors of an unhappy childhood and their passive behavior found a mate in each other. Who knows? Who cares?The ending was sad but you had a hint of what was to come from the first line and when the reader is told that James is narrating his story for someone very special to him.Overall, not a terrible book, just not for me.

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-05-03 07:33

    Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan is an appropriate title since this book is the worst. The characters are entitled and constant moaners abut how horrible their lives, specifically the male protagonist James who acts as if the sun rises and sets on him. This book spans over 15 years from the POV of James who constantly lusts after his best friend’s wife, Louisa, another entitled person who tries playing the role of a poet. She is just as bad as James but her personality is so lacking she could be a ghost. What’s worse is that James ruins his long term friendship with his best friend by sleeping with Louisa, and then getting her pregnant, leading to a sappy ending that is purposely manipulative just to make the reader have an emotional response.James wants to be a published author but he barely works on his writing. He acts like he is writing, but he doesn’t. He’s lazy and dull, and goes through life with no real purpose. Through James’s eyes we see how he reacts to the world around him, specifically his oldest friend Rob, and his oh so perfect wife Louisa, who acts like some tragic figure even though her husband adores her and gives her whatever she wants. Louise can stay at home and write her poetry, which she does for almost 10 years, even though nothing comes of it because she’s like James- lazy and boring.Perhaps James and Louisa are perfect for one another because their entitlement and lacking personalities and boredom of the world around them bonds them to one another. Even when they finally engage in an affair, it’s underwhelming and anti-climatic. The consequences of their actions don’t rock the boat or lead to any shocks or excitement this book needed.Forever is the Worst Long Time was such a dull read with no real purpose. It’s very one-dimensional with it’s story, plot and characters who are so empty they were more like specs of dust in the sunlight. Give this one a pass.

  • Lindsay Nixon
    2019-04-28 05:47

    I sobbed through the last third. I'm not a crier, especially not in public, but I ugly cried walking home after finishing this. Read this book when you need a good, soul shaking, heart wrenching, grab your loved ones tight and squeeze, cries. You will breathe in gratitude, breathe out love and feel everything you forget to feel each day, including happiness, hope, and the belief that everything is... everything. Goodness always rises, forgiveness is possible, acceptance sucks but beauty exists forever inside love. This book is for me was what I think A Man Called Ove has been for others. So endearing and honest... perfect in all the ways life isn't, but my god it's worth it to be alive.

  • Christine Moore
    2019-05-13 06:44

    What an emotional roller coaster of a book! I laughed, I cried, and felt every emotion of the characters! This book is about James, his best friend Rob, and Rob's wife Lou. James finds himself in love with Lou but doesn't act on it since she is with his best friend. Everything James wants in life is just out of reach. He can't finish the novel he is writing and he is not a very good professor. Lou and Rob's marriage falls apart and Lou turns to James. This changes forever the lives of James, Lou and Rob. This is a beautifully emotional story of love, friendship, and family. Thank you so very much to the author for an arc of this book for an honest review.