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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 aInspired 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....

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ISBN : 9781770497108
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Best Friends through Eternity Reviews

  • Robin Forsyth
    2019-04-06 10:25

    I often read books during TV commercials. I call this using my time wisely. Unfortunately since we now have DVR, my commercial time has decreased significantly and I have less time to read. Well, I started reading Best Friends Through Eternity while my husband was watching some god awful football show and I could not put it down. I read the book in its entirety without even taking a bathroom break. From beginning to end, I was captivated. When my husband asked me if I wanted to watch Grey's Anatomy, I shushed him and said, "Not now, I need to know what happens to Paige." I highly recommend this book, I mean I turned down Grey's Anatomy to continue reading it. HELLO!! It was seriously that good! A nail biter and emotional roller coaster. Good job Sylvia McNicoll!

  • Lynda Simmons
    2019-04-06 12:59

    After being hit by a train, Paige wakes to find herself on a beach, which is really a waiting area between life and death. Her body is in a coma and her childhood friend, Kim, is there to lead her over into death. Paige begs for one chance to go back, not to change her own fate, but to make things right for someone else. Best Friends Through Eternity is a deft blend of mystery, romance and the paranormal in a quick, satisfying read.

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    2019-04-21 11:04

    I was provided an ecopy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.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!

  • J.M. Filipowicz
    2019-04-17 13:17

    I've never believed in Heaven, but was able to suspend my disbelief when reading of Paige's trips the beach to with her long lost childhood friend. McNicoll's vision of the afterlife is a refreshing change from the angels with harps clichés. The characters, from the Chinese orphan protagonist to the volleyball team bullies, all exhibit a depth that keeps the story grounded in reality. As Paige goes back to relive her final days, events change in subtle ways keeping the reader guessing to the very end.

  • Adam Filipowicz
    2019-03-28 09:03

    This book is a delight to read, Im looking forward to reading more books by Sylvia McNicoll

  • Dory
    2019-04-05 13:16

    Best friends for eternity was a quick paced, short realistic thriller with a touch of sci-fi/fantasy novel with deep and developing characters. The writing was lovely, and most of all it was set in Toronto, Canada.Im going to start with the positives then the rant. Maybe mix them up because its the weekend.The setting was simple and clear. Each scene had its effect, its worth. The novel was well edited so there was never a snooze-worthy page in the book. It kept me reading, The plot line was a thriller, not a predictable one. It was filling me with pending questions such as “what are they going to do?” The book ended well, it was a great standalone making me want to read more from this author. It also makes me want to know more about the characters. Paige and max. Jazz and Cameron. How did they turn out? I'm still with some questions, its a good thing. Especially (view spoiler)[ I wonder how Vanessa would treat them since her life got saved. (hide spoiler)]Paige was an ever developing character with great determination and personality. For the short book it was, Paige had depth. So did her relationship with Jasmine. Jasmine was a great character. Max was a sweet dude who I absolutely loved, in my mind he just got hotter and hotter. Cameron was kinda bland, but it worked amazingly with the story. Jasmines mum was very cute, one of my favourite secondary characters in realistic YA. The couples were cute. I am greatly thankful that it wasn't the gooey romance you receive with most YA, it was real and made me smile at times. Set me them relationship goals ;)What I loved most about this book that is was real and believable. Except for the traveling-in-time-back-alive stuff, but how do we know if it isnt? It was a secret anyone with the privilege would keep. The characters had their weaknesses, problems were realistic, and the environment was perfect. Especially with the High School. There was also the diversity with Indian Culture and the adoption of abandoned chinese daughters, i loved it. It brought me back to my time in China, i connected. Job well done!Now the short rant.Beware spoilers.I found it strange that she could not only she could come back to life, but travel back in time too, twice. She didn't just change her fate, she changes the worlds fate. How could the elders (which we don't really know about,) allow this? Also, the fact that she got to go back was weird since each time she went back, some stuff has already changed, couldnt the elders just change a bit instead of changing the world and giving someone their life back.. Or just let the natural course of life take place. They also made their decisions rather quick. That certainly wasn't real.While I did feel sorry for Kim, I didn't like her all that much either. I thought that she was selfish that she wanted Paige dead. SHE IS YOUR LOST TWIN SISTER. LOVE HER. LET HER LIVE. Kim was weird.Lastly, it seemed crazy that Jazz would rather jump in front of a train and die than to take a beating. I would rather take a beating than death, the volleyball team probably wouldnt kill the girls. That part didn't seem real.I recommend this book for the fans of realistic, diverse fictions which keep you reading. Its great for getting out of a reading slump. I loved it, and you’ll love it too.

  • Chandni
    2019-03-26 12:05

    When I first read the plot of this novel, I thought it would be a really interesting twist on a near-death experience. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations and I found myself really let down by the story.I think the crucial problem about this book is that the characters feel really flat. There’s nothing that endears you to them or makes you connect with them. The one interesting thing is that the main character Paige, is a Chinese orphan who is adopted by two Caucasian parents. Her best friend, Jazz, is Punjabi. This is incredibly rare in the young-adult world (and in fiction in general). The lack of diversity in books is a huge problem in the publishing industry and I appreciated how Sylvia McNicoll was attempting to broaden the range of characters in young adult literature. Paige and Jazz’s cultural backgrounds are a prominent part of the story, but the discussion about their cultural identity didn’t feel natural in the context of the book. The secondary characters were very flat as well, and there were a lot of cliches surrounding the mean girl storyline.The plot of this book was also really underdeveloped. There was a lot of potential, but it never amounted to anything. I felt like a lot of the plot was very random and some things happened without being explained or justified. Also, Kim was such a random aside and I felt like the relationship between Paige and Kim should have been further developed. The random love interest for Paige was also unnecessary and the relationship seemed to occur too fast.Overall, the weak plot mixed with the flat, superficial characters made it really hard for me to engage with this novel. Though I appreciated that the characters were diverse and had to deal with their cultural identity, it wasn’t an enjoyable read for me.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-07 09:18

    It's very rare when I classify a book as a DID-NOT-FINISH. Really really rare. I try very hard to finish a novel I start, but sometimes it just can't be done. This was one of those times.A novel I really couldn't get into was BEST FRIENDS THROUGH ETERNITY by Sylvia McNicoll. RELEASE DATE: February 2015PUBLISHER: Tundra BooksDISCLAIMER: Novel was sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review. SYNOPSIS: 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.REVIEW: The solid point of this novel is that it's set in Toronto! Yay for Canadian based authors and settings!I can't even do a synopsis because I don't think I got far enough to regurgitate one. I've read some impressive books lately, and I'm not sure if I just wasn't in the mood for a light airy read but this came across all wrong for me. I didn't enjoy the main character and could have cared less about her journey through the afterlife. Her problems are so small and unproblematic (don't all friends go through the "boy" phase?). I didn't really understand the point of time travel in this novel either. It was just a large miss for me. Terribly sorry!

  • Ema
    2019-03-31 07:59

    I was excited for the premise of this book, but it ended up feeling overly contrived and simple.The main characters were fourteen years old, but I wish their speech hadn't felt like it. The way they talk just feels juvenile, and has little depth to it. Also, at fourteen I don't think that losing a boyfriend is worth the revenge Vanessa and her friends exact. There were many points where I wanted to roll my eyes at the characters.Paige was adopted from China, and I wish this had played more of a role. Because her parents had abandoned her, she hated everything to do with Chinese culture and I found this to be disappointing. Her mother goes as far as to offer her a trip to China, but she's decided to hate a whole culture based on one family. I'd have liked to see how her cultures had mingled.I didn't really understand the big deal she made about discovering the true cause of Kim's death. As they had been seven, her parents had said that Kim had just moved away. She's more upset about this than the fact that she's either dead or hallucinating.Also, I'm not sure who the title refers to--the girls were seven when Kim died, but Paige and her current best friend Jasmine don't seem to have that intense of a relationship.This book felt very good intentioned, but I had a lot of trouble buying it.

  • Ally Karat
    2019-04-17 10:15

    **spoilers ahead** I LOVED this book. It was witty, funny, charming, and sad all in one package. I could not stop reading it. It was a short book, with only 192 pages, but it somehow it still satisfied me. Paige isn't very relatable, at least to me, however, I connected with her very well. It's a great book for any age. I find it strange that no matter how hard Paige tried to avoid the rails, she somehow found herself back there. Death can't be avoided. When Paige saved Vanessa, I was in awe and anger. She could have lived without the enemy, but she didn't choose that path. I wondered if I would save the enemy if it came down to that. I will definitely watch out for more books by Sylvia McNicoll.

  • Kaylyn
    2019-04-15 10:16

    Received through LibraryThing Early Review Giveaway February 2015.This YA book was filled with so many unexpected turns that it was hard to put down. McNicoll's really knows how to build momentum. Right up to the very last half of the very last page I was not sure what Paige's, the main character, decision would be, Talk about suspense! Unfortunately, I am disappointed in the ending. It's not the decision I thought she would make and it implies that some people may have the choice to cheat death; that the final decision is their own. I would still recommend this book to anyone. It is a quick read and very well written

  • Sonia Casados
    2019-04-20 09:57

    I love this book so much. It has a very painful theme and it is also very joyful and enjoyable. It makes you really think of your life and what your are doing with it. It's about a girl named Paige and her best friend Kim, and their adventures in life. This book teaches you some much on second chances and not taking life for granted on bit. This book is super sad and touching and while you are reading it you never want to put it down. I recommend this book for anyone who likes sad and loving book like teach you something. And I rate this book an amazing 10 out of 10.

  • Beena
    2019-03-29 10:05

    My preteen daughter enjoyed the book. The diversity in it was refreshing and probably a big factor in why she related to the characters. She is not a big reader so the fact that is was short was perfect for her. I enjoyed Best friends through eternity, it's a good young adult novel that deals with so many issues that young adults deal with bullying, death, racism and identity issues.

  • Rachel Seigel
    2019-03-29 14:14

    The author explores the meaning of family, standing up to bullies, empathy and second chances in this new upper MG read. A few twists and turns along the way keep the story from becoming overly predictable, and the reader will have lots to think about.

  • Katy
    2019-03-25 15:23

    A strange and interesting little tale, looking at the space between life and death and how our smallest decisions might affect our fate of those around us. Well written, I would recommend this to everyone.

  • Margie
    2019-04-05 11:19

    This is just a quick YA read for probably tweens and up. No foul language, (unlike one of the reviews about this book), and a decent read for the YA reader.

  • Cheryl Smith
    2019-04-19 09:21

    This book has many twists and turns as Paige returns from being hit by a train running from bullies. She is able to reset the clock but will she be able to remain. It was a hard book to put down.

  • Wendy J. Whittingham
    2019-03-29 14:57

    So intriguing, and based on a true story!

  • Catherine
    2019-03-27 13:59

    At only 182 pages long, I finished reading Best Friends through Eternity in two days. With a book this short, don't expect to get in-depth with the characters but, McNicoll did do a great job in conveying the theme that one small change can make a huge difference in your (and everyone else's) life.

  • Ava L
    2019-03-27 09:16

    I think it was an ok book I wouldn't exactly recommend just because it wasn't my kind of liking of a book type, but overall it is a decent book.

  • GinaClabo
    2019-03-27 14:26

    This was such a beautifully written book..I love this story the friendship, family ,life lessons and how to look at your life, what are u doing with it..Loved the characters loved this book...recommend to all it touches on great subjects...Gina Clabo

  • Gemma
    2019-03-31 12:14

    This title grew on me because I found Paige's narrative voice somewhat choppy. On the one hand, she's 14 and going through some typical and some not typical teenage experiences of self-identification, self-development, etc. On the other hand, the narration comes across as being very adult (especially re: organ donation) and I found Paige's single-mindedness re: the importance of science to be wearing. That said, I like how the book develops as Paige becomes more aware of the things she previously missed out on before her death, consequently choosing to live in the moment and cultivate relationships. I think readers will find the idea of being given 7 days over interesting, especially as it encourages them to reflect on their own experiences: how would things change if I had done this instead of that?The book touches on some pretty serious issues that I think young readers will find interesting and thought-provoking: adoption, family secrets, decisions re: end-of-life, cross-cultures and arranged marriages, organ donation... however, at times I felt that the inclusion of all of these topics weighs the book down. There are too many (considering the book's length) and they aren't all well-explored, examples being the organ donation and end-of-life matter (there is no real discussion on this, you only hear from Paige).The bullying also was pretty gruesome and I don't know that the book presents us with a good message (the bullying doesn't really stop, it's just halted by the volleyball team's suspension and Paige's comatose state). Some of it too seemed a bit ridiculous, particularly the squirrel smeared on the locker (that would have to be one bloody, pulpy squirrel--just saying). Lastly, I like where the author was going with Vanessa's character--showing Paige & co. and us some of the reasons why Vanessa is the way she is--but was disappointed that this was not further developed. It was introduced sparingly, though I felt it could have been another relationship that Paige comes to cultivate in her wizened outlook on life.I don't know that this story would appeal to a wide audience--which includes boys. Not to be exclusive, I just don't think some boys would find the story (Paige's interest in boys, Jazz's relationship, the girl-on-girl bullying) interesting.

  • Madi (TheBookNerdDiaries)
    2019-04-09 15:16

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.I have posted this review on my blog also -> Friends Through Eternity by Sylvia McNicollInspired 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.(Summary is from Goodreads)This book is about Paige, a girl who almost dies when she is hit by a train. She is transported to a beach where she meets her childhood friend who gives her a chance to go back. The thing that really annoyed me about this book was that she kept going back and going back and making small changes. I know this was part of character development but it was kind of redundant. The other thing that annoyed me with this book was the bullies. They seemed WAY too harsh. I know this kind of stuff does happen but it made me angry that people actually do that kind of crap to others. They need to stop channeling their anger at others and get help.I liked that the book was short but I really wished we knew what happened after what happened at the end of the book. I liked this book overall.Rating: 3 StarsWas it love in the end? Kind of. I’d recommend this book to people I know for sure. I’d probably tell them what bugged me but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-25 12:00

    Fourteen-year-old Paige is killed by a train when she takes a shortcut home in order to avoid some classmates who wish her ill. As she lies in limbo in the hospital, part of her encounters her childhood best friend, Kim. Although she is thrilled to be reunited with the girl, she knows she has unfinished business back home. She is allowed to return to Earth for a brief number of days to fix what she can. The secrets she uncovers about her own past and her cultural identity as well as the struggles of her best friend Jasmine who falls in love with Cameron, a high school classmate who won't be acceptable to her traditional Indian parents, are heartbreaking and yet all too common today. The author does a good job of unraveling the mystery behind Kim's disappearance and describing the unreasonable nature of bullies, in this case a group of female athletes. The fact that there are very real reasons for Vanessa to turn her anger on Paige and Jasmine is made quite clear here. It was also interesting to watch Paige start to open herself up to some of the possibilities in her life. Although readers will like the happy ending (of sorts), I might have enjoyed the book more without it. Still, the book will prompt a bit of soul-searching and reconsideration of readers' own actions toward others.

  • ValMJ
    2019-04-12 15:25

    I found this book online and decided to read it. It was fairly short and a very easy read so it was just a quick breather, I suppose. The story was intriguing to me and I didn't find it to be to predictable either. There were a couple things that I did end up predicting after a while but it wasn't easy by any means. The only real issue I had with it story-wise was the ending. It just felt incomplete. I would've enjoyed an epilogue.Negative Content:There wasn't much that bugged me, really. One character is in a secret relationship with a boy and is adamantly against telling her mother. However, their relationship seemed fine aside from the lying and she was only lying because was scared and didn't think her mother would understand. I felt that it was written well so I wasn't just irritated by the lying the whole time. There was very mild language. The whole plot is centered around the death of the main character so it may be a little depressing or dark for some people. There's bullying and one girl tries to (view spoiler)[kill herself (hide spoiler)]. None of this really bothered me but I know some people are very sensitive to it.Overall, I thought this was a fast and enjoyable book that I would recommend if you just want to read something short and maybe take a break from other things.

  • Sandy
    2019-03-24 15:01

    Everyone makes mistakes and they live with them or they learn from them and most individuals move on. But the chance to have a do-over well, I myself would be pretty nervous going into that situation. Paige gets one week to have a do-over, one week to make everything okay. In that one week, Paige cannot let any of the other parties aware that she knows what their future holds or her time is up. She’s trying to get everything aligned so everything falls into place, but life is not like that, it just isn’t perfect. I enjoyed reading how she discovers herself and the individuals around her. Her eyes were finally opened to see herself how she really was and who the people were around her. She was seeing life with her brights on. People were being honest with her and she was able to express herself to others freely finally and unfortunately this should have been happening her whole life. The time limit aspect of her journey, cast a darkness over her agenda but it kept her focused on the task she set out to do. I got caught up in the writing of this novel, it just didn’t feel right to me. This wasn’t book I was expecting, but it had some finer moments.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-08 10:58

    This book is based off a true story. The premise was interesting. The author based it off a true story about a teen who was killed on a railroad crossing. The writing is concise and easy to read. Some of the situations is realistic. Well, besides the traveling back before you died to change things. The characters seemed flat in the beginning, but did grow a little by the end. The Best Friends through Eternity is a cute storyline.It’s a quick read with only 192 pages. The author is good at keeping your interest and moving the storyline forward at a decent pace. Although I loved the going back and fixing things helping the character learn more about the situations. I feel like after reading the end and throughout the book that the main character was in a coma the whole time. But that’s just what I took away from it. It is an uplifting book even though it based on a sad story of someone’s death. Overall, it’s a good book to read. It’s not my type of book. But it was enjoyable. It had great culture identity, family values and self-discovery. I’m not entirely on board with this story. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Not entirely whelmed by this book, but it is cute to read.

  • MeggieBree
    2019-04-18 13:01

    Trying to get away from bullies on her way home from school, Paige gets hit by a train and awakens to find herself on a beautiful beach with her childhood friend, Kim.I really liked the concept of this book, I always enjoy when someone wants to go and fix things or make things right. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming and I really liked the way the author wrapped it all up at the end. I did find however, that I was being told what was happening, rather than shown. The characters were a bit flat, and there wasn't enough going on. I also found the writing to be a bit juvenile for a Young Adult audience. I would classify it as more of a middle years read. I went into it thinking that it was a YA book, so was a bit disappointed. I received this eGalley for free through NetGalley, thanks Tundra books!

  • readknitread
    2019-04-09 09:13

    At 14 Paige is stuck by a train while trying to avoid bullies on the way home from school. Waking up on a beach she finds she is not quite dead as her body is in a coma. Waiting for her on the beach is her very dead friend Kim who died when they were kids. While Paige is still coming to terms with all this she is offered the opportunity to go back and settled unfinished business with the understanding she will still die and that she can't let anyone know that. Paige uses the time she has to try to make things right with her best friend, find out more about her biological family and let her parents know how much she loves them. But how much can you really get done in a matter of days?

  • Kasey Cocoa
    2019-04-02 14:20

    I am not thrilled with this book for a long list of reasons. Perhaps it's just me, but I feel there was not much of a plot beyond a few days spotlighting a teenager and the small world she exists within. I have been on many train tracks and those things do not sound like anything else but a train. The death didn't make sense, the coming back for a week without any logic tied to it made less sense. I understand the points made about bullying but the delivery falls short. I didn't enjoy the writing either because everything was told and not shown. This is a no-go for me. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review which may not mirror your own.