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Never Look Back

(2020)
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"Expertly blends reality and fantasy to explore what's behind love and loss, what it takes to heal." - Randy Ribay, author of National Book Award finalist Patron Saints of Nothing

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.

Featuring contemporary Afro-Latinx characters, this retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice is perfect for fans of Ibi Zoboi's Pride and Daniel José Older's Shadowshaper.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Never Look Back reimagines the Orpheus myth into a bold creation that only Lilliam Rivera could breathe into life. A strange, unsettling love song of a book." - Elana K Arnold

"As brutal as it is beautiful, Dealing in Dreams pulls no punches, launching us on a wild, relentless ride through the cutthroat streets of this brilliantly-realized dystopian world." - Daniel José Older

"Haunting and richly detailed, this is a beautiful re-imagining that will hurt and heal, sometimes on the same page." - Mark Oshiro

"Introducing Lilliam Rivera, one of the most unique and exciting new voices in YA.The Education of Margot Sanchez is funny, poignant, compelling and authentic." - Matt de la Peña

"Shatters the myth of assimilation by exposing the loss and ache that comes with it. Instead, Lilliam Rivera tells the reader that there is nothing more powerful and beautiful than staying true to oneself." - Isabel Quintero

"A revitalized and layered retelling that expertly blends reality and fantasy to explore what's behind love and loss, what it takes to heal." - Randy Ribay


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Hardback Editions

September 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Never Look Back
Author(s): Lilliam Rivera
ISBN: 1-5476-0373-9 / 978-1-5476-0373-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
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Audio Editions

October 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Never Look Back
Author(s): Lilliam Rivera
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October 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Never Look Back
Author(s): Lilliam Rivera
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October 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Never Look Back
Author(s): Lilliam Rivera
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October 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Never Look Back
Author(s): Lilliam Rivera
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Never Look Back
Author(s): Lilliam Rivera
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU