Every Now and Then

“But there’s going to come a time when they, too, will understand that the border. between now and then is much like a cobweb than a brick wall and when the past comes to haunt it doesn’t ask permission to do so.”

Thank you to Alcove Press for gifting me a copy of EVERY NOW AND THEN by Lesley Kagen to read and review. 

“The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. For kids seeking relief from the heat, there was a creek to swim in, sprinklers to run through, and ice cream at Whitcomb’s Drugstore. But for Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town–and took their young lives as they’d known them as a souvenir.

With a to-do list in hand, the girls set forth from their hideout to make their mark on that summer, but when three patients escape from Broadhurst Mental Institution, their idyllic lives take a sinister turn. Determined to uncover long-held secrets, the girls have no idea that what they discover could cost them their lives and the ones they hold dear.

Six decades later, Biz remembers that long-ago summer and how it still haunts her and her lifelong friends in Every Now and Then. A story about ties that bind forever, the timelessness of guilt and grief, and the everlasting hope for redemption.”

Do you all remember the movie Now and Then starring Christine Ricci, Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, and a few others? I loved that movie when I was younger because it always made me wish for the days when kids could roam the streets and play freely without fear of being hurt. Their imaginations were allowed to run wild. 

EVERY NOW AND THEN reminded me so much of that movie and brought back a lot of nostalgia from when I was a child. I appreciate Kagen’s writing style and her detailed descriptions of the antics that Biz, Frankie, and Viv were involved in. Kagen has a true talent for transporting the reader into the storyline. I will say this book took on a dark storyline than the movie but it was still an enjoyable read for me. 

The only part that I didn’t love about the storyline was that I often struggled to keep up with what was currently happening through Biz’s eyes. Kagen gave a lot of details of past excursions that the girls embarked on and I had a difficult time following which storyline I was currently on. 

Overall, I thought that this was an endearing tale about the friendship of three girls as they tried to do the right thing. I would recommend this book to those of you who enjoyed watching Now and Then – but be prepared for a darker side of the story. 

Trigger warning: Animal cruelty and sexual assault

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