I was provided an ecopy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Best Friends Through Eternity
Author: Sylvia McNicoll
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): Inspired by the true story of a teen who was killed at a railway crossing, the author weaves the tale of fourteen-year-old Paige, who, taking a shortcut alongside the tracks to avoid the school bullies, is tragically hit by a train and transported to a surreal world where she encounters Kim, who died seven years before. Convinced she is only dreaming, Paige must discover a way to return to her former life. Poignant, gripping, and full of unexpected twists and turns, Best Friends through Eternity will resonate with readers who have struggled with cultural identity, a sense of belonging, and the real meaning of home.
Best Friends Through Eternity is a book like no other! I felt drawn into this book immediately and devoured it quickly! Sylvia McNicoll has created a narrative about friendship and the bond that doesn’t break even after death. Readers will relate to many components of this story.
First of all, one exciting element in this book is the concept of time travel. Imagine travelling back in time after your death and fixing some of your mistakes! This book really got me thinking. When I die, will I end up like the main character, Paige? You will have to read Best Friends Through Eternity to know why I have questions.
The ways in which the characters die is very unique aspect to the book. The use of current events as a means of death for the characters is one way McNicoll pulls the reader into this story. No spoilers here, but the way the characters die will make the reader feel a little less invincible.
An increasingly significant and much debated topic presently, is the importance of diverse books. If you are looking for a book that includes other cultures and backgrounds, add Best Friends Through Eternity to your TBR list. I really appreciated the aspect of an Asian main character in the book.
As a Canadian, it isn’t very often that I read books that talk about attractions in my own backyard. I absolutely loved reading the parts of the story that discuss Canada’s Wonderland and Algonquin Park! I can weave my own experiences into this novel as I am reading, which pulls me into the story and makes me feel a part of it. Not many books out there can provide me with this amazing experience.
Best Friends Through Eternity contains diversity, death and some Canadiana as well! I strongly recommend this book to those looking for a different flavour in their reading material. It is a truly enjoyable book!