Never Look Back

Never Look Back

Featuring contemporary Afro-Latinx characters, acclaimed author Lilliam Rivera blends a touch of magical realism into a timely story about cultural identity, overcoming trauma, and the power of first love.

Eury comes to the Bronx as a girl haunted. Haunted by losing everything in Hurricane Maria--and by an evil spirit, Ato. She fully expects the tragedy that befell her and her family in Puerto Rico to catch up with her in New York. Yet, for a time, she can almost set this fear aside, because there's this boy . . .

Pheus is a golden-voiced, bachata-singing charmer, ready to spend the summer on the beach with his friends, serenading his on-again, off-again flame. That changes when he meets Eury. All he wants is to put a smile on her face and fight off her demons. But some dangers are too powerful for even the strongest love, and as the world threatens to tear them apart, Eury and Pheus must fight for each other and their lives.

This Own Voices retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice is perfect for fans of Ibi Zoboi's Pride and Daniel José Older's Shadowshaper.

Title:Never Look Back
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781547603732
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    Never Look Back Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! This is genius and challenging! When I realize I’m reading the retelling of one of the most outstanding Greek myths: Orpheus and Eurydice with Afro- Latinx characters, I wholeheartedly enjoyed ...

  • Cande

    update (feb/2020): I WAS RIGHT AND LILLIAM GOT THE BEST, MOST GORGEOUS COVER EVER. ok, thanks. let's cry until this book comes out---A Latinx Orpheus and Eurydice retelling??? Yes, please! I know for ...

  • Anna Banana

    Lilliam Rivera is an author that I've been meaning to read for years now and I'm so glad I finally took a chance on this book. It was SO GOOD. The writing, the imagery, the characters...everything abo...

  • Lupita Reads

    I love this book so much. More to come later because my heart is a mess right now....

  • Bethany

    Actual Rating: 2.5 but rounding up because the writing itself is beautiful.Never Look Back is a contemporary YA retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice, which is a cool idea, but this kind of...

  • Natalia Sylvester

    I’m such a fan of Lilliam Rivera’s work & her latest did not disappoint. A beautiful love story about the ways trauma haunts us & how being seen helps open the path towards healing. There’s so m...

  • Ms. Woc Reader

    This book is a well done magical realism story about Pheus a gifted young musician at heart spending his summer in the Bronx with his father, and Eury a girl born and raised in Puerto Rico who is spen...

  • Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Never Look Back in exchange for an honest review.I had such a hard time rating this because my emotions towards the first and second halves of this boo...

  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)

    ** I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, which does not influence my review.**TW: mentions of PTSD, suicide, sexual assaultLilliam Rivera gives the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice an updated ...

  • Sharon Velez Diodonet

    " Puerto Rico is not a cursed island meant to be repeatedly ravished, be it from hurricanes or corrupt men or demented spirits. If I let her thought nestle into my bones, I will stay complacent. I wil...