A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teens who enjoy this book can read its many sequels, and Radiance, its spin-off series about Ever's dead sister.
Coming-of-age messages as Ever learns to move on after a car accident that left her entire family dead -- and also to accept the supernatural truth about herself.
Positive Role Models
The audience will hit it off with strong but vulnerable Ever and understand the pain she feels as the sole survivor in a car crash that killed her family.
Violence & Scariness
A violent car crash, a homicidal immortal who attempts to kill two people and winds up killing a third. A couple of violent fights and scenes involving blood round out the action in this book.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some heavy petting scenes, including one in which two characters almost have sex and the male character is described as pulling down the female character's underwear. A teen is routinely described as "hot" throughout the book by adults and teens alike.
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Occasional swearing, including the f-bomb several times.
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Products & Purchases
There is some discussion of designer labels including Juicy, iPod, and Nike, high-powered cars, and other material trappings. A teen describes her material possessions, including a wide-screen television in her room, a Jacuzzi, and her convertible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are several instances of underage drinking, and underage drug use is discussed. One girl develops a drinking problem.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is the first book in a fantasy series that will appeal to Twilight fans. There are some gruesome scenes, including a girl losing her entire family in a car crash and watching them cross over to the other side. Another teen is murdered, though readers don't see it happen, and two more teens are threatened. Several scenes are quite bloody. There's also some swearing, heavy petting, and one teen develops a drinking problem. Even so, Ever is a relatable character and readers will empathize with her difficulty accepting her new reality. Fantasy fans who enjoy this book will be happy to learn there are several more books in the series and even a spin-off about Ever's dead sister.
Is It Any Good?
Author Alyson Noel does a great job drawing readers into EVERMORE. The audience will hit it off with strong but vulnerable Ever, and be drawn to the mysterious Damen, much like everyone else is in the book.
However, audiences will grow tired of the constant, incessant references to how hot Damen looks all the time. After Damen arrives we are treated to and beaten over the head with how incredibly attractive this mysterious teen boy appears to everyone -- male, female, adults, teens -- EVERYONE. And the novel's end reveal is a hard swallow, relying on past information readers only learn at the last minute. It feels like a bit of a letdown after what had been an interesting journey. Still, most teens will be willing to overlook these quibbles and surrender to the gripping story -- and its sequels.
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