Friday, September 11, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday: Undiscovered Talent

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. This is a chance to get to know fellow book bloggers and have them meet you. Be sure to pop over and meet this week's featured bloggers!

Undiscovered talent - tell us about a book you loved but no one else seems to have heard of. It can be new or old, any genre. Let's spread the love.

The Day After Forever by Erin Skiffington!

The Day After Forever is an emotional story centering around four teenagers who discover and demonstrate the true meaning of friendship. It illustrates the agony surrounding horrific events and how friendship will always stand strong against the circumstances.

Jeff has leukemia. The whole purpose of organising the holiday down to Lake Tarawera was so he could spent the last moments of his life in the same place where his parents died. Yet he cannot help but fall for Courtney - who is shy, pretty, yet secretive. No matter how her friends try to help, she shies away - sheltering her secret from them as best as possible.

Eddie is confident, handsome - a regular "babe magnet"; and he is also attracted to Courtney, and concerned about her. He is also the one who knows about Jeff's plight and the seriousness of it.

Toni is loud, outgoing... and she knows it. She also knows that if it weren't for her, Eddie would be floating in the clouds somewhere.

Skiffington unites these four teenagers to bring loyalty and friendship. As events unfold, Jeff drifts further towards the end of the line, and time begins to run out.

A debut novel from a fourteen year old New Zealand writer which will tug on your heart strings and definitely get the waterworks going. This is a summer holiday that you will never forget.
(summary from Goodreads)


It was published way back in 1997 when I was in high school and is one of my all time favourite books. This book is why I love contemporary YA! Skiffington is from New Zealand, which is one of the reasons I think it's pretty unknown, and she was only 14 years old when she wrote it. Blows my mind! It's all about friendship, love, loss and the kinds of bonds that can never be broken. READ IT! Me, I think I'm due a re-read...

What book do you think deserves more love? Tell me about it so I can check it out! 

19 comments:

  1. Wow, amazing 14-year old! For such a young writer to be able to publish a book at that age, it's kind of sad that her name 18 years later doesn't even sound a bell. I wonder what happened to her.

    I'm a new bloglovin, twitter and GFC follower. Follow me back via zirev.com

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    1. It is amazing, and yes, sad, as I don't think she's ever written more. At least not that I've found and I've always looked here and there. I too wonder what she does now. :-) Thank you for following! I'll be sure to follow back. :-D

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  2. That's one of the books with deep meaning for friendship and love! Nice choice! Followed on Instagram and Twitter too!
    Thank you for commenting on my blog!

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    1. It certainly is! :-D Thank you for the follows, Alexandra. I'm kind of terrible at updating Twitter and Instagram to be honest. I really have to do better!

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  3. Oh wow, a 14yo? That is SO amazing! I wonder what she'S Doing now? Still writing, i hope! Here's. Mine:http://editingeverything.com/blog/2015/09/11/feature-and-follow-friday-15/

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    1. I hope so too, though I've never found any more books published by her. :-( Maybe someday. Thanks, Verushka.

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  4. Sounds packed with emotions. Will check it out!! New GFC Follower. My FF

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    1. It is that. I recommend tissues! ;-) Thanks for following!

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  5. I love this cover! Definitely sounds like my kind of read!

    Old follower via GFC!
    Kristen @ One Chapter Ahead

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    1. I do too, Kristen. :-D If you get the chance to read it, I really hope you enjoy it.

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  6. I'm not a big contemporary reader but I will be keeping my eye on this one. I can't believe the author was 14 when she wrote this book, that's pretty amazing to me!

    Old follower!
    Betsy @ I Sold My Soul For Books

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    1. It's amazing to me too! I remember what I was writing at 14 and it was never worth publishing, haha! Nothing I write would be though, even now. ;-) Thanks for stopping by, Betsy.

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  7. woow, 1997, I was like, 4 yrs old back then.. :) And yes it was a mind blowing fact that the author was only 14 yrs old! Amazing! :)

    Thanks for the visit Baggins <3
    Donita @ My Random Book thoughts

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    1. Now I feel old, Donita, haha! I would have been 14. ;-) It's definitely an awesome feat. :-D Thanks for visiting back!

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  8. That's a pretty incredible story from one so young!

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    1. It really, really is! Thanks for stopping by, Charlie. :-)

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  9. Oh, WOW. I'm blown away by the fact that this was actually written by a 14-year-old. So it's straight from the mind of someone experiencing adolescence and high school! And a very mature teen, too. I know this will be totally heart-wrenching, but I want to read it! I love to read debut novels by gifted young authors! Thanks for featuring this one, which I will be adding to my TBR right away!

    Also, thanks bunches for commenting on my own FF post!! : )

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    1. P.S. You know, you're living in my future! It's now 10:41 PM on Sept. 13, here in Miami, Florida, USA! I'll be going to bed in a few hours. Lol.

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    2. I read it now, even years late, and it still boggles my mind she was only 14 when she wrote it. I hope you enjoy it if you read it. You'll definitely need tissues handy! ;-)

      Kind of crazy, right? I'm always in the future, wee! And for me, you're in the past. Talking about mind boggling... :-D Thanks, Maria!

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