‘The Forever of Ella and Micha’
By: Jessica Sorensen
I couldn’t wait to read this book. I loved ‘The Secret of Ella and Micha’ and was excited that their story would continue in ‘The Forever of Ella and Micha’. This book is a little more intense; more attention is paid to mental illness, dependency and the ups and downs of the recovery process.
“Micha’s love owns me and I’ll probably always end up giving into him as long as he keeps trying. But I still fear I’ll break him, and that boy is too damn sweet and beautiful to ruin.”
Ella is in a dark place throughout much of this book as she struggles through her own anxiety and depression. She sees her life with Micha mirroring that of her parents and it scares her. She’s torn between letting him go and not knowing how to survive without him. Through therapy, she learns she must confront the demons of her childhood in order to overcome them and she cannot depend on Micha to solve all her problems. She becomes a much stronger person and learns to rely on herself.
“I’m sorry, pretty girl, but you really don’t get to choose what I want, what I do, or who I get to be with. So unless you want me to leave you because you don’t love me anymore, I’m not going anywhere.”
Micha is also struggling with his unresolved feelings towards the father who abandoned him and he feels guilty for being angry. He’s also having doubts about his relationship with Ella; he loves her but when he senses her pulling away, he begins to question their future. He sees Ella slipping into old patterns and his biggest fear is she’ll vanish again. Micha learns he can’t always fix everything for Ella because she will never believe she deserves to be loved unless she has confidence in herself.
“You left me, ripped out my heart, and then came back acting like a robot, and you know what? We made it through. You and I, good or bad, belong together. We make each other whole.”
I had high expectations for this follow-up novel because I loved the first one so much and I wasn’t disappointed; I loved this book! At times it was heartbreaking but there were light, fun moments in it too. All the characters we’re once again, written so well and I was able to sympathize with them throughout the entire book. But what stood out for me was how realistic their conversations were; I felt like I was watching them interact. Ethan and Lila were perfect supporting characters and I adored them in this book; everyone needs friends like them. Overall, I’m very happy with how Ella and Micha’s story concluded but I wouldn’t object to more.
Would I read this book again? – YES
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