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Never Gone [Kindle Edition]

Laurel Garver

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Book Description

Fifteen-year-old artist Dani Deane feels like the universe has imploded when her father dies. Days after his death, she sees him leafing through sketches in her room, roaming the halls at church, wandering his own wake. Is grief making her crazy? Or is her dad adrift between this world and the next, trying to contact her?

Dani longs for his help as she tries and fails to communicate with her workaholic mother. Her pain only deepens when astonishing secrets about her family history come to light. But Dani finds a surprising ally in Theo, the quiet guy lingering in the backstage of her life. He persistently reaches out as Dani’s faith falters, her family relationships unravel, and she withdraws into a dangerous obsession with her father’s ghostly appearances. Will she let her broken, prodigal heart find reason to hope again?

From the skyscrapers of New York to the sheep-dotted English countryside, Never Gone explores life after loss with emotional honesty, humor, and a touch of romance.

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About the Author

Laurel Garver holds degrees in English and journalism and earns a living as a magazine editor. She enjoys quirky independent films, word games, British television, Celtic music, and mentoring teens at her church. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096DWVSG
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story! 31 Oct. 2012
By Michael Adams - Published on
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I just finished reading Laurel Garver's "Never Gone." It was a sensitive story about Dani Deane's tragic loss of her father and her journey to find him, and in the process, her mother and ultimately herself. The story successfully mixes up tasty a brew of family, friendship, faith and hope, served up with a helping of mystery and tension. There's a nice sense of time and place and the characters are portrayed with sincerity and confidence. As an artist, I enjoyed the artistic references and colorful descriptions of the creative process. As a former teenager, I could relate to the tension between Dani and Theo and the strength of faith shared between them. The settings and situations seemed very real. I enjoyed the story very much and had to pull out a hanky in the end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It. 24 Nov. 2012
By CMKeller - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed Never Gone. It was beautifully written--the language and pacing flowed beautifully. The grief and loss that Dani experienced were so realistic and deftly shown that I felt as if I were experiencing it with her. And because the story was so grounded, I was wonderfully surprised by the metaphors--you don't often find such symbolic meaning in young adult fiction.

The characters were real and fun. I loved Theo. Even the secondary characters grabbed me, especially Hugh.

Finally, I appreciated the honest way Ms. Garver dealt with loss, anger, doubt, and faith. She never took any shortcuts or easy answers. I'd definitely recommend it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Read 5 Dec. 2012
By Lenise Baxter - Published on
This book is the story of how teenaged Dani Deane processes her father's death and discovers a new way of relating to her mother, reflecting a better understanding of her family. Dani is a typical teenager in many ways, with a seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother. Losing the father who kept the peace in Dani's home was a devastating blow, which the author illustrates deftly. Through the support of her church family, including a "seeker" who hasn't committed himself to the gospel, and her earthly family, the main character is rescued from the brink of disaster. Her need to "regain" her father drives her to take dangerous risks, and to betray her most committed supporters. Still, somewhere along the way, she gains a new, more accurate picture of her mother and finds peace in the restoration of her relationship with her flawed, scarred, but loving mother.

I found the story compelling, though I have not been a teenager for decades :) Though it is hard to imagine a relationship that was as broken as that between Dani and her mother being transformed in almost the blink of an eye, the discoveries that Dani makes are so dramatic that they could potentially turn the heart of a sensitive teenager. All in all, I really enjoyed watching the story unfold. The author kept me guessing!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for a Teen Book Club 24 Sept. 2012
By kkstupendous - Published on
Though the plot thickens slowly, readers of Never Gone will be rewarded,if patient, while digging into this well-developed teen fiction gem. Garver's detailed voyage through 15-year old Danielle's eyes delivers: intrigue, mystery, suspense, hilarity, tenderness, and spiritual truth. Artists will easily relate to Dani's sense of creativity and imagination as she looks at the world around her. Anyone who's lost someone close to them will be moved to tears as they walk with Dani through grief when her Dad dies. Because of Garver's gift with words on a page, we experience through Dani the awkwardness of young love, the emotional strain of alienation from a work-a-holic mom,and the thrill of her first strides toward independence. Dani navigates through uncharted territory, but finds she isn't alone. She gets answers to some questions that have plagued her for some time. Despite learning of dysfunction in her family, she also learns some family history that brings a new joy to her life. In the end she learns that good can actually come out of bad events - a valuable lesson for adults, young or old. And that real love is...never gone!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and heartwarming; a great fall read! 1 Oct. 2012
By Flower T. Kat - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Never Gone is such a good book. The writing is gorgeous, the story is haunting (literally!) and it ends just perfectly. (*BIG sigh*) It's the perfect fall-into-winter book.

Main character Danielle "Dani" has just lost her father in a horrible car accident. His body's been cremated, and she and his remains are being shipped off to England to stay with her paternal grandparents while her mother stays in the U.S. for work. The problem is Dani keeps seeing her dad.

Her memories and her desperate longing to catch him, which leads to some risky behavior choices, will have readers in tears. But also, her strained relationship with her mother, and all the things Dani discovers about her family just peel away like layers of the most delicious cake. And the ending with Theo, and what he writes on her cast... (*swoon*)

Only a few times I was a little confused or concerned with how situations were handled, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment. There's a good dose of theology in the book courtesy Dani's grandfather, who's a clergyman. But also Theo, Dani's love interest is struggling with his own spirituality. I don't mind such things. And the English setting is the perfect backdrop for all the good stuff inside.

Highly recommend this impressive debut!
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