Author Erica Miner
dips into the adolescent’s world and fashions a tale of love, learning, and loss in FourEver Friends
. Set in the 1960s, Miner’s story follows the lives of four young women: their heartaches and disappointments; their shared dreams and aspirations. Hefty doses of drama usually riddle the teenage years; the lives of Miner’s young women follow suit, providing the backdrop for tears and frustration but with plenty of room leftover for love and laughter. FourEver Friends
explores the uncertainty that marks the days on the eve of womanhood and celebrates friendships that offer the strength to weather the ups and downs.
Miner writes with simplicity; it is a refreshing tone, although not riveting. Her characters are likeable and wholesome, sweet and demure. I would have liked to feel more of the angst associated with being a teen living in the 60s, but all in all I think Miner makes a credible attempt at giving her four young characters voices that resonate with possibility, and that, in and of itself, adequately depicts a time of drawing fresh boundaries for a new generation.