Always and Forever

Always and Forever Mia s first reaction is outright disbelief Obviously a mistake has been made Sixteen year old girls don t die But when the diagnosis is confirmed she dives headlong into anger If she has to die wh

  • Title: Always and Forever
  • Author: Karla J. Nellenbach
  • ISBN: 9781935961604
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mia s first reaction is outright disbelief Obviously, a mistake has been made Sixteen year old girls don t die But, when the diagnosis is confirmed, she dives headlong into anger If she has to die, why should it be of cancer In fact, anything would be preferable to cancer Better for her to say when, where, and especially how.Determined to meet death on her own terms,Mia s first reaction is outright disbelief Obviously, a mistake has been made Sixteen year old girls don t die But, when the diagnosis is confirmed, she dives headlong into anger If she has to die, why should it be of cancer In fact, anything would be preferable to cancer Better for her to say when, where, and especially how.Determined to meet death on her own terms, Mia devises scheme after scheme to get the job done A fall down the basement stairs, driving her car off a bridge, and even a dance with a train all end in her survival And through it all, Mia keeps her family and friends at arms length with her destructive and hurtful behavior With each failed suicide attempt and burned relationship, she slowly realizes that it s not the dying that she s afraid of, but the life she ll be leaving behind Now, that life is in a shambles As time begins to slip through her fingers and death is upon her, Mia fights to rebuild the bridges she has destroyed, but can she do it before the clock runs out

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    1. Karla J. Nellenbach

      Karla J Nellenbach divides her time between dayjobbing, writing, and indulging in her Winchester Sam and Dean, that is obsession The rest of her day is spent playing butler to a cranky old man masquerading as a housecat and two rambunctious puppies that closely resemble small horses Born and raised in the wilds of Michigan, she knows two immutable facts 1 it is entirely possible to live in a thumb, and 2 you definitely can go home again you just might not survive the winter Having resided in the sunscape of Florida for the last decade, she s still on a quest to see a real live alligator outside of the petting zoo.

    275 thoughts on “Always and Forever”

    1. I'm a little torn up over what to say about this book because it had me going in many different directions. For the first quarter, everything made sense. I liked Mia, I thought her friends were hilarious, and boy did I want her and Kal to get together. The whole idea of a teenage girl getting cancer - after surviving a first round of an entirely different type was a unique set up. It was heart breaking and perfectly logical for her to want to keep the diagnosis to herself. Then Mia starts behavi [...]


    2. Reviewed by NinaThis book is mocking you from the start ''I'm going to make you cry. Embrace yourself, I'm going to make you cry''. The synopsis screamed that to me, but as a curious creature, I accepted to read anyhow.The writing is amazing. It tells you the story of a 16-year-old who has a disease that cannot be cured. So we follow her through the five stages of grief, from how she first denies it, to how finally she accepts it. And through that time, the only thought wondering around her head [...]


    3. As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I had an inkling I would be a sobbing mess while reading it. Although Always and Forever was certainly a tearjerker, it wasn’t merely a story about a girl dying from cancer. It was also about going through the stages of grief and being able to find love and acceptance along the way.The author did a superb job of depicting Mia as an average high school girl. Her relationships and behaviors felt very realistic for a sixteen-year-old girl. I loved her fr [...]


    4. This was a well told, planned out story That ended to fast :(i was up till 12:30 cause the last quarter is a part that you just cant stop or take a break in the middle of . went through a good half of our tissue box last nights realistic read which made it hard to get though since my mom dies of cancer in 2006. In a way I wished I never read it, since I denied the fact of mom having cancer to myself. And now reading this, having alittle insight as to what she went thought since I thought she had [...]


    5. what a wonderful read! although this book was dealing with difficult subject matter that has touched all our lives, there were plenty of real belly laughs too. mia was an outstanding character and I could feel myself understanding more and more the decisions and thoughts that she had over her inevitable death.I was so wanting to knock their heads together to sort out her best friend and her feelings for one another, in my head I was screaming `come on life for her is to short hankies at the end [...]


    6. I usually like to start a review by recapping how fantastic I thought the book was. But here I am some days later, after finishing Always and Forever and I still can't find the words to adequately describe the impact this book had on me. I admit to crying easily. I get misty eyed about many, many things. But it's very rare for me to find myself so overcome with emotion that I just want to curl into a ball and give in to the gut wrenching sobs that have overcome me. I knew going in, just from rea [...]


    7. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has wondered how they’d react if they were told that they only had months to live. I’d thought about how I would spend that time with family and close friends, getting my affairs in order and things such as that. I’m an adult, with children and responsibilities, so these are the things I would need to make sure are in place before…But how would I have reacted if I was given that diagnosis and I was only 16?I have a feeling that I would have reacte [...]


    8. This is not the sort of book I'd normally choose to read and I'm still not sure what possessed me to get it. It sat on my Nook for several weeks before I even opened it. And then I took my time reading it. I needed to be in the right mindset to read about a teenage girl dying of cancer. But once I really let myself get into the story, I couldn't put it down.The writing is strong, the characters beautifully crafted, the story, heartbreaking. But I knew that going into it. I knew Mia was going to [...]


    9. I feel like a bit of a sick-o for saying I loved this book. I mean, it tells the story of a sixteen year-old girl with terminal brain cancer. That's HORRIBLE, right? Right!BUT the story is so engaging, and the characters are so realistic, it just kinda sucks you into it. Makes you like them, care about them, and want a happy ending for everybody involved. Of course, that isn't gonna happen when the main character has terminal cancer. The most impressive part of the story is how she and everyone [...]


    10. I kind of don't want to read anymore books for the rest of the year. This book was THAT GOOD. Fans of John Green and Lurlene McDaniels had better add this to their TBR book immediately. It was so much more than a book about cancer; it was a very real glimpse into the life of any teenager facing a terminal illness. The author does an excellent job creating believable characters. I found myself relating to Mia. Not as someone with cancer, but the emotions and thoughts and actions are just so real, [...]


    11. Mia's story was so heartbreaking. Getting cancer not once, but twice, and knowing she doesn't have much time left. She goes through all the stages from, anger, grief, depression and finally acceptance and through that she finds true love. Of course I cried like a baby at the end, but the love that Mia has for her family and Kal will be always and forever.


    12. I received Always and Forever in return for an honest review from the publisher Booktrope. When she was 12 years old Mia was confirmed to have beaten Leukemia. Even though she was pronounced well her parents still worry about it coming back so she’s constantly visiting the doctor looking for signs of cancer. It’s now four years later Mia is sixteen and she’s been diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer in her brain. The doctors tell Mia that she has less than a year to live. Mia doesn' [...]


    13. Tears.(this doesn't necessarily contain spoilers, but I do put some of my feelings in about things that happen throughout the book and at the end)This book was so heartwrenching and beautiful I don't know if I can review it like it deserves. I don't do reviews much cause I don't express my feelings about a book well in writing.Karla pulled me in from the beginning on Mia's journey, which as a younger woman myself(21) hits close to home. She is in the prime of her younger years, highschool, amazi [...]


    14. I received an ebook for free through Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. Review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. Always and Forever is so heartbreakingly beautiful. It took me a little while to write this review because I just couldn't find the words after I first read it, and I'm still having trouble now. It leaves you with a numbness; closing the book only emphasizes the sense of loss. It takes quite a bit for a book to make me cry, but I had tears streaming down my face at [...]


    15. Review also published on my blog StudentSpyglassSource: Review copy for a blog tourPlot: ★★★★Characters: ★★★★★Readability: ★★★★★Overall: ★★★★★I know I said realistic fiction wasn’t really my thing, but I’ve been trying to step out of my [fantasy dominated] comfort zone this year, so forgive me!I have to admit, I loved Always and Forever. Mia, a sixteen year old cancer survivor gets diagnosed with a second type of cancer…an inoperable one, that doesn’ [...]


    16. This book had me laughing, shouting angry but most of all crying. a lot. even as I write this review the day after I have finished the book I could cry.As I read this book I really got to know the characters and felt they where part of my life, when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about them and would sneak reading it in where ever I could, At work, in the school grounds etc. I would have loved to have been friends with these guys when I was in school. Kal was my favourite character in this b [...]


    17. Seriously. This book is unbelievable. Not gonna lie, I tried not to cry through the first maybe 50 pages but pretty much sobbed throughout the rest of the book. Always and Forever is heart wrenching in a way that puts Nicholas Sparks to shame. I can barely articulate how much I loved this book. It drew me in from the beginning and I couldn't stop reading it-literally didn't put it down from start to finish. Karla Nellenbach tells a story, not unlike other tragic love tales, but in a way that is [...]


    18. Breathtakingly, heartbreaking and beautifulAn absolute must read! This book broke my heart and made me cry almost on every chapter. But it was so beautiful and breathtaking that in the end yes tears slipped down my face but she got to say goodbye to all she loved. She stopped pushing everyone away, she gave in to the inevitable and decided to not do it alone. She found peace along her crazy pain filled way and as much as the end tore my heart out i was happy that she finally stopped trying to ac [...]


    19. It's been a long time since a book has drawn me in and actually made me feel all of the emotions that the author is trying to convey. At times, I thought the book was juvenile, but then you realize as you are reading that you are going through all of the stages of loss just as if you were there in the book with the characters. I would put this story right there with The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. It is a definite emotional roller coaster.


    20. A powerful punch of love, friendship and strength.Always and Forever. Those words mean something different when you have been diagnosed. For the second time.Karla Nellenbach takes us on a journey in her debut novel with a cast of characters that stay with you long after you have turned the last page. Showing us that the ties that bind do really last a lifetime, even when your lifetime isn't as long as it should be.


    21. Oh boy. I thought the story line was going to be interesting but I also knew it was going to be depressing at the end. What I didn't expect was for my to completely cry my eyes out at the end and Let me tell you, I never cry! This story makes you realize how short life really is and to appreciate everything that comes your way.


    22. Absolutely beautiful. The writing is so well done that the characters become part of you. You forget that it's fiction and you find yourself overwhelmingly invested in the emotion of the book. Bravo! I will likely read this book over and over.


    23. Wow I was surprised at how quickly this book captured me. The story is so believable that I became quite involved with the characters. It even brought me to tears, something that doesn't happen that often.



    24. Touching story of a 16 year old girl dying of a brain tumor. Very realistic and heartbreaking. You really want her to be saved in the end. But is she?


    25. I'm not even sure where to start with this reviewAll I can say is, If you haven't read this you seriously need to race to the closest book store and buy it.





    26. oh gosh. i just kept on tearing up. i turned into a blubbery mess in the endview here: alwayslostinbooks.wordpress


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