Never Gone (Dani Deane #1)

Never Gone (Dani Deane #1)

Never Gone Dani Deane Alternate cover for ISBN Fifteen year old artist Dani Deane feels like the universe has imploded when her father dies Days after his death she sees him leafing through sketche

  • Title: Never Gone (Dani Deane #1)
  • Author: Laurel Garver
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate cover for ISBN 1479205079 9781479205073Fifteen year old artist Dani Deane feels like the universe has imploded when her father dies Days after his death, she sees him leafing through sketches in her room, roaming the halls at church, wandering his own wake Is grief making her crazy Or is her dad truly adrift between this world and the next, trying to contact hAlternate cover for ISBN 1479205079 9781479205073Fifteen year old artist Dani Deane feels like the universe has imploded when her father dies Days after his death, she sees him leafing through sketches in her room, roaming the halls at church, wandering his own wake Is grief making her crazy Or is her dad truly adrift between this world and the next, trying to contact her Dani longs for his help as she tries and fails to connect with her workaholic mother Her pain only deepens when astonishing secrets about her family history come to light But Dani finds a surprising ally in Theo, the quiet guy lingering in the backstage of her life He persistently reaches out as Dani s faith falters, her family relationships unravel, and she withdraws into a dangerous obsession with her father s ghostly appearances Will she let her broken, prodigal heart find reason to hope again From the skyscrapers of New York to the sheep dotted English countryside, NEVER GONE explores life after loss with emotional honesty, humor, and a touch of romance NEVER GONE is a ghost story for a new generation a twisty journey through a young girl s battle with death, grief, and the discovery of family secrets that threaten to undo her world Garver tackles difficult subjects with depth and grace, weaving the complexities of faith with the complexities of growing up Heidi Willis, author of Some Kind of Normal

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    Own on Kindle.I don't usually read YA and I *never* read ghost stories. (I'm a scardey cat)I couldn't put this one down.I love how Garver wove the seemingly normal of the horror that is death into a net of confusion created by the main character, Dani. Events and people who should have been safe - who were trying their best to help - became seemingly sinister through eyes that couldn't see clearly. The reader is able to sympathize with Dani while remaining aloof enough to see she is making compl [...]

    Never Gone is a young adult novel that deals delicately and truthfully with a teen's struggles and triumphs while dealing with a loss of a parent. Fifteen year old Dani is a typical teen finding her place amoung her family, her friends, and boys, but the sudden loss of her Dad spins her world. Grieving, she begins to 'see' her Dad, believing he still has something to tell her. Gripping to find a truth to fall on solid ground again, she searches him out. But the truth she finds is not what she ex [...]

    I've never read anything like this before and I loved it. I've been very so-so about some of the YA fiction produced by big name Christian publishers, which borders on the edge of pushy, fake, corny or trying too hard to be cool. This felt very real. Religion doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in this story; it is simply part of Dani's life. This is a book I would readily recommend to anyone, not just Christian readers; it has an appeal that is universal, sort of like the great classic story Th [...]

    eBook provided by author for review.Review originally published on my blog: AWordsWorthWhen her father dies following a lengthy battle to recover from a horrific accident, Dani is understandably distraught. Struggling to deal with her grief, and desperately missing her most understanding parental figure, Dani is shocked to discover that she can see her father. She thinks. After the first unsettling encounter, she begins to hope that maybe - just maybe - he's not really gone after all, and can he [...]

    As I read this book I was reminded of themes from the Yearling. Penny Baxter, a father and husband too well acquainted with loss, remarked that sorrow strikes the same all over, only making a different kind of mark in different places. Never Gone looks into the relationships of a family immersed in grief, each bearing the burden so differently that they can hardly recognize the each other's sorrow. In the midst of their isolation, alienation, and misunderstanding, you could read "just one more c [...]

    I really enjoyed Never Gone. It was beautifully written--the language and pacing flowed beautifully. The grief and loss that Dani experienced were so realistic and deftly shown that I felt as if I were experiencing it with her. And because the story was so grounded, I was wonderfully surprised by the metaphors--you don't often find such symbolic meaning in young adult fiction.The characters were real and fun. I loved Theo. Even the secondary characters grabbed me, especially Hugh.Finally, I appr [...]

    This book made me cry at least three times. Not because it's depressing, but because it's so touching. It's a book that deals with both death and estrangement in a tender and sensitive way. The writing is lyrical, picturesque, and delicate. The voice of the author is both strong and soft as she takes us through the stages of grief, delves into the protagonists most intimate relationships, and explores where the supernatural ends and where delusion begins.

    Tender, heartwarming, a really special read. YA for adults, adult fiction for young adults. If you have a heart, you'll find something to relate to. Beautifully written. Highly recommend if you're into realistic literature.

    Never Gone is such a beautiful book. The writing is gorgeous, the situations are heart-twisting. Definitely recommend. More on the blog on Monday~

    Thanks to and Laurel Garver for my copy of Never Gone.A story that will touch even the hardest of hearts.

    Never Gone is a beautifully written book about loss, grief, redemption, and long-buried secrets. It’s a metaphorical ghost story, which is my favorite kind. Going into the book, I thought it would mostly be about Dani trying to overcome her father’s unexpected death, but it’s about so much more than that—it’s about art, family relationships and the misunderstandings and miscommunications that can rupture them, faith, sanity, and forgiveness. I loved the vividly rendered settings of bot [...]

    This book has an interesting premise, and the writing is generally fluid although occasionally jarring but I appreciate the faith element. I will read to the end.Ended up not finishing it. I might go back to it later.

    Even though I'm probably not the target age group, I really enjoyed this book, and I liked the Christian elements. Also the cover is so beautiful. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I think everyone does really.

    DNF - 0 starsWhere I stopped reading: Location 585 of 1154 on the e-Book app of my iPhone.Why I stopped reading: The book got progressively less novel-like and more trying-to-convert-me-like the more I read. Somewhere between the heroine being damned for seeing a ghost and being advised that a “scientific” way of thinking was inferior to religion and ultimately incorrect, my heart hurt so much I had to stop.Listen. Faith and science aren’t opposites – I’m a big fan of both – but when [...]

    Never Gone is a story of a 15 year old girl dealing with the loss of her father. The story didn't take me in the places I thought it would, and I think that is a great aspect to the story. I enjoyed the character development in the story, especially the relationship of Dani and Heather and Dani and Theo. Never Gone was an interesting read for me because of the direct weaving of the Christian faith into the story. As a Christian, I found the faith aspect surprisingly refreshing and realistic, esp [...]

    This book was well written, it is heavily Christian based which was kind of annoying, but overall it is a good read.Never Gone tells the story of Dani, who after her father's tragic death has to find a way to reconnect with her mother who is shutting her out at every turn.I liked this book, it didn't totally grab me and felt like a really long read, but it wasn't bad.This review also appears on AlicenScott

    Never Gone is gracefully written and a thoroughly enjoyable read. The writing is lyrical, picturesque, and delicate. Through the eyes of teen character, Dani, the author explores the profound themes of grace and mercy, and the beauty that exists in the midst of real life struggles. I highly recommend this book for teens and adults, as well!

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