Review: The Beginning of After

Aug •  17 •  2011

Title: The Beginning of After
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Jennifer Castle
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Book: ARC given to me by Joni at Paragraphs Books

“Anyone who’s had something truly crappy happen to them will tell you: It’s all about Before and After. What I’m talking about here is the ka-pow, shake-you-to-your-core-and-turn-your-bones-to-plastic kind of crappy.
Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss—a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.”

This book is not what I expected but I really loved it. It made my heart wrench and cry. I yearn for happiness, some kind of peace when I was reading this. Lots of great writing, with amazing characters, I took the road to a long heartache just beginning to heal.

What I like most about this book is the characters. Especially the main characters Laurel. I like that the author is able to project the feelings and emotions of this girl. As the reader explores Laurel’s world, you fall into her shoes feeling feeling anger, envy, hurt, and mostly rage. I loved that Ms. Castle wrote the characters with so many flaw that you can relate to the characters. Laurel goes through what any other normal person would go thtrough. Loss is not an easy thing to get over.
What I adored about this book is the healing process that Laurel goes through. Healing takes time, but she did it. She began to heal and love again. She learn to moved on with her life and start a new one. I can’t express how much I adored the healing process of both Laurel and David. David is one character that I thought about as well. He too, went through a traumatic experience. I am glad that he had people he can go to in his  time of need.
The love interest was expected but I love it. I love how scared they were in the beginning to acknowledge their feelings. I liked how they slowly open up to each other and began trusting again. Their love is based in a trust, a long friendship that is good and pure.
An absolutely heart breaking read, I cried. Not alot, but cried of saddness and of happiness. Ms. Castle did a wonderful job in writing this book with amazing characters. So much details in feelings, places, and the characters themselves, that it comes to life and goes right to your heart! I adored this debut and can’t wait to read what she writes next!
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!

7 Comments

  1. The romance sounds good in this! I like relationships that are built from friendship and trust. Great review Savy 🙂

  2. I’ve just started this one, so I had to skim read your review, but I’m glad to see you enjoyed it! I think its pretty good so far too!

  3. Jenny
    Aug 17, 2011

    This sounds like a heavy, emotional read, but those are always the ones that stay with me the longest:) Looking forward to reading this one Savy!

  4. Sarahiris
    Aug 17, 2011

    Ohhh I want to read it but i don’t know if it is in Spain.

    Great review!

    =)

  5. Kate
    Aug 17, 2011

    I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this book, only one more month. It sounded so good so it’s great to read positive reviews! I’m glad this book deals with an actual healing process, it seems that books like these do but that it’s not the main focus. I can’t wait to read this book!

  6. Sounds like I should make time to read the copy sitting on my shelf! Great review! 🙂

  7. Oh no! Crying! I hate to cry, but this sounds like such a good character book and I love those. Oh no… I may be wanting this one! Eep! 😉