The Beginning of After (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Beginning of After In the aftermath of a car accident that killed her family, 16-year-old Laurel must face a new world of painful memories and new relationships.
- Published: 06 September 2011
- Format: Hardback 425 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780061985799 ISBN 10: 0061985791
- Sales rank: 172,993
Reviews for The Beginning of After
"It seemed like the only way to keep breathing was to focus on the here and now, moment by moment, keeping my mind frozen cold to anything else." ~ Laurel
I was instantly drawn to this book by the beautiful cover and blurb. I'm glad I chose to read this too, because I loved every page of it, and I kept looking down at the pages, hoping the story could be just a little longer. It was a heartfelt, emotional read that was nothing short of amazing.
After a car incident takes the lives of her family, Laurel's life comes crashing down on her. The only survivor from the accident is the driver, who is also the father of her childhood friend David. While she struggles to keep her friends, and keep her grades high, she also helps out at an animal hospital, and takes in a couple of cats. David deals with grief differently, ditching school, and coming and going whenever he likes.
I like the romance in this book. It sat quietly in the background, only coming out when it was ready. It wasn't rushed, which made it all the more believable and real.
Once I picked up this book, I couldn't stop reading. This could happen to any of us. One minute, we could be laughing and talking with out families, only to have them taken away in the next. This book was about standing back up when life trips you over, and putting the pieces of your life back together again. I smiled; I cried; I grew extremely frustrated with David; I laughed. I absolutely loved this book, and will be looking out for more works by Jennifer Castle. by Chri G.