The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

Wednesday, 12 February 2014
The Beginning of After, by Jennifer Castle
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The Beginning of After is a story of hope and healing from Jennifer Castle, a powerful new voice in teen fiction.
When Laurel’s family dies in a horrific car accident, she struggles to put her life back together. She is now connected to David Kaufman, who lives down the block, and who lost his mother in the same crash. Both of their lives change—but not in the ways that they thought…
Castle blends tragedy with romance, teen angst, and wit in The Beginning of After, a bittersweet, powerful debut novel that stands as a testament to how people can survive the unthinkable.

  • This was the perfect contemporary book about healing after a gigantic loss. The author got me to feel for Laurel and for everything that happened to her. By the end, she was a totally strong character that readers will remember for a long time.
  • The romance here wasn't memorable, I'm sure that readers won't remember the whole love triangle that was going on here. But to me, this book wasn't about romance at all, it was just something on the side that Laurel had to battle with.
  • This was definitely a powerful book after all, it got me thinking about how much life is worth.

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