Saturday, March 23, 2013

The After Girls by: Leah Konen

Title: The After Girls
Author: Leah Konen
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 302
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher Request

Description:

Ella, Astrid, and Sydney were planning the perfect summer after high school graduation. But when Astrid commits suicide in a lonely cabin, the other girls' worlds are shattered. How could their best friend have done this--to herself and to them? They knew everything about Astrid. Shouldn't they have seen this coming? Couldn't they have saved her?

As Ella hunts for the truth, and Sydney tries to dull the pain, a chilling message from Astrid leaves them wondering whether their beloved friend is communicating from the after life. The girls embark on a journey to uncover Astrid's dark secrets. The answers to those questions--questions they never dreamed of asking--will change their lives forever.

My Thoughts: 

This book starts out where Ella and Sydney are trying to make sense of Astrid's suicide.  At this point it's only been a few days since Astrid was found having committed suicide.  Ella tries to find out if there were clues her and Sydney were oblivious to that would explain taking her own life.

Sydney wants to forget what happened and finds that easier said then done.  She finds her relationship with Ella shaky as Ella discovered Astrid and Sydney wasn't there when that happened.

Ella also meets Jake Astrid's cousin who works now for Grace Astrid's mom at her coffee shop for the summer while Grace tries to move on from the death of her daughter.  Ella and Jake seem to form a relationship based on things about Astrid.

This book was incredible in the dedication Ella had with Astrid and trying to find out why she did what she did.  It also shows the girls growing up over that same summer and how some families never show their true colors.  Definitely a great book for young adults to learn that sometimes you have a greater impact on loved ones than you think you do.

Thank you to Merit Press for sharing such a great story with me!  Can't wait to see what Ms. Konen comes up with next!




1 shout outs:

Katelynn Clark said...

Hi! I really liked your review and found your blog through Goodreads. I am becoming a follower and can't wait to see what other great reads you come across :)

Katelynn

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