For a first novel Jeff Rivera did a pretty good job. The story started off great and it held my attention til the end. I felt so sorry for Dio, all he had to look forward to was the letters from Jennifer. Jennifer on the other hand did not seem to get the importance of the letters, or she just didn't care. Jennifer, I hope learns that if you are no longer interested in a person, you should be up front with them and not lead them on. Dio recovers at the end of the book. It was an enjoyable read.
This book is great. i was first intrigued by the cover. i know they say dont judge a book by its cover but this one has a great cover and is a great novel. I couldnt put the book down. You feel like you are living the life of the main character Dio, like you are just as anxious to get the letters that Jennifer sends him. What i like most about this book is that its realistic, life is not always a fairytale and sometimes things happen for a reason.
Dio Rodriguez knows the side of Las Vegas that the high rollers and tourists never see. He has grown up in a rough neighborhood far from the glitter of the neon lights of the Strip or the Downtown. At thirteen, he joined a gang because that was the only way to survive, but understands that he must always act tough.--------------- However, now seventeen, Dio hides his soft side from the world because if his peers learn of any trait they consider a weakness, they will use and abuse it to get at him. Only his girlfriend Jennifer knows the inner Dio. However, his life spins out of control when his beloved Jennifer is hospitalized following a drive by shooting and Dio is sent to prison boot camp. He worries about her and when he learns she is carrying his offspring, Dio vows to turn his life around and make a family with her although his options to leave the mean streets seem limited.---------------- Jeff Rivera provides a terrific character driven redemption tale starring an interesting protagonist who much of the audience will not initially like and anticipate his lying dead in the streets. When the audience meets Jennifer they see the inner soft side of Dio that he hides from everyone else as a protective mechanism. At the boot camp, with a goal for the future, he detests authority figures, especially his drill instructor yet at the same time gains a deep understanding of the need for self- discipline if he is to make it. Mr. Rivera provides a powerful relationship tale focusing on the concept of caring for someone else proves a strong motivator to get off the streets and make it.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Intriguing, compelling, and compassionate. Forever My Lady portrays an honest look into the life of an urban street kid overcoming the devastations of life, prison, and love.
I was very excited and wanted to read this book ever since the author Jeff Rivera visited my school to offer a presentation about his writing career. I have been waiting for this book and I was more than pleased once I was able to read it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone ages 13 and up. Suspenseful and something human, qualities not many pieces of writing have been able to obtain. Well done.
Very good book could'nt put it down.I highly recommend it......
If they sat Rivera's talent on top of my head I'd probably pass out from the over whelming volume and mass of God given gifts that it contains. At first I was a little skeptical, mostly because I am not an avid reader. But I read it any way. Hooked! I was immediately captivated. I was drawn into a world that I didnt know I wanted know, and when I got there I didnt want to leave. This is not a book for Latin Americans, this book is for everyone. Forever My Lady doesnt care what color your skin is , nor your background as it engages you, making us care for a cast of characters that in real life we might villify. This is not just a good read but an eye opening experience into brown skin, making us realize that we are all not so different on the inside. It's a must read! The Buzz is well deserved!
What a read! Very exciting, on the edge suspense, mixed with raw emotional pull that carries you throughout the book. Characters are captivating. The story line is great! A well written, entertaining read.
This book is AWESOME. I read the entire book in one sitting. I could NOT put it down. As I was reading the book it was like the author was sitting across from me, telling me a story. And with my eyes closed I could picture the characters and actually hear and visualize them in my head and how/what they would say and react. It was GREAT!!!! BETTER than John Grisham, Dean Koontz, and Michael Crichton these are all my favorite authors, and Jeff Rivera is BETTER, because for me it more about writing style and Jeff has a style that is more visual and emotional, and I prefer that. I am looking forward to reading more books from him. He has what it take to be a world class author. No thatÂ¿s not right HE IS A WORLD CLASS AUTHOR. Not all books should be a movie, but this one should be. I canÂ¿t wait for Jeff to come out with more books. I also hope he puts up a meet the writer page so we can read and maybe hear more about how he develop these characters. I highly recommend this book!!!!
OMG This is one of my favorite books...when I started reading I couldnt put it down, such a great book. Even if you dont like reading this book will change that because it makes you feel like your there watching everything happen..GREAT BOOK..I reccomend it to everyone
All those words and more describe this novel. When you read you realy getinto to the charcters. Feel how they feel see as they see. Not to meny novels I have read have impacted me as much as 'Forever my lady'. Deffinatly read this book. And dont worry its ok to cry we wont tell anyone. -Ryan Elliott
Forever my lady was a awesome book. I like the way he has captured the latin world in the book. Not too much spainsh, just enough. Although I personally would have liked a little more spanish. I just cant believe how he ended the story. That was so upsetting! Jeff needs to hurry up and bring out the 2nd part. Overall the book was really good. It was worth the money and wait. Alrato Homies!
This is by far the best book I've ever read. I hate reading most of the time because books don't grab me but this book was GREAT!! It made me believe that it's possible to actually be entertained by a book and made me want to read more books like it. I hope the guy who wrote this writes a lot more books cause he's really good and everyone should definitely go out and read it for sure.
I love Return of The Rvolutionaries by Walter Semkiw. He is a physician who postulates a dna connection that will one day be available for verifying current individules past lifetimes. He has many side by side photos of living individules and their past lifetime portraits or photos. Dorothy Danridge and Halle Berry as one example. Many politicians including Ben Franklin and George Bush Jr. are shown. Facinating reading. I savored every chapter, and enjoyed them like a great meal. Lots of food for thought and inspiration for the present and future.
I throughly enjoyed getting lost in this classic that could become a perrenial favorite for young adults and folks wondering what's this world coming to. I shows the journey of a young gang member through his lock up and then to his redmption. I await the authors next book with great anticipation!
I could not put this book down. I read it on a plane to Orlando, got there before I had finished it. Got to the hotel and dat down and finished it before I unpacked or went to the meetings I in Orlando for. I loved the book.
This book was a great surprise. The characters had much more depth then I expected them to have. You really felt yourself pulling for the main character Dio. A great painting of life for a young Hispanic man in todays society. Very encouraging. I look forward to reading more from this author.
This book is by far the best book I've ever read and I've read a lot. The author knows how to create an emotional roller coaster that everyone can enjoy. Those that want to see this as just street-fiction will see that, those that realize there's so much more to it than that will see that. It tells the story of Dio Rodriguez a Chicano rebel kid who falls in love with his childhood sweetheart Jennifer. They're re-united years later both have pretty messed up lives but when Dio ends up in prison boot camp they write each other back and forth, both trying to improve there lives. Only thing is Dio doesn't realize Jennifer is also starting to date someone else so when he gets out of boot camp and he finds out about it he decides to go to her church on her wedding day to convince her they're meant to be together. This book is an incredible page turner, every single character is 3 dimensional and full of colors and flavors and textures. This would make a great movie by the way and it won't surprise me when this hits the New York Times Bestsellers list. This book is not just for Chicanos, it's for everybody. I didn't know I'd like it this much but both girls and guys will like it too. If this is Jeff Rivera's first novel, the world is in for a treat when he puts out his next one. I hope there's a sequel to this, I heard that there will be.
After a drive-by shooting puts his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer, in the hospital with serious injuries, Dio begins to re-evaluate his situation and his life-from inside a prison boot camp. At first, Jennifer is unwilling to talk or write to him, but she softens over time and the two communicate through letters during her recovery and his sentence. What readers can see in those letters that Dio cannot is that Jennifer has begun to move on-she wants to distance herself from Dio's former life full of gangs and drugs. But to do so, she also must distance herself from Dio. With a few setbacks, Dio is making progress in the camp and has decided that things will be different when he gets out. But he has no idea how everything on the outside has already changed. This first effort from a new author shows his inexperience, but the story is compelling and honest, and teens-especially those in urban areas-will find it utterly relatable and realistic. This story is reminiscent of Kalisha Buckhannon's Upstate (St. Martin's, 2005) in many ways, although this book features Latino characters in Las Vegas instead of Buckhannon's African American characters in New York. Although Rivera's book is not as polished and it is somewhat more predictable, both books have a place on the shelves in urban libraries or libraries with large Latino populations.
Forever My Lady is a wonderful book. It describes in vivid words about the main character, Dio, and the problems he goes through for his girl. Just by the prologue anyone could tell that it was going to be a gripping page-turner. It's about love and doing what's right for yourself and others.
Dio "Playboy" Rodríguez grows up poor with a drunk single mother in gritty Las Vegas, leading him into gang life at 13. Now 17, Dio hides a softer side beneath a fierce exterior that's known only to his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer. But when a drive-by leaves Jennifer wounded and sends Dio to prison boot camp, their soul mate relationship is put to the test. Rivera, who originally self-published this debut, traces a classic redemptive arc: perpetually scowling Dio resists the authority of drill instructor Jackson and clashes with fellow inmates, but he pours out his heart in letters to Jennifer, forms meaningful peer relationships and gains an appreciation for discipline. A genuine care for dynamic Dio allows Rivera to deliver a sincere story of transformation.