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  • Title: The Beginning of After
  • Author: Jennifer Castle
  • ISBN: 9780061985799
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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.Jennifer Castle s debut novel is a heart wrenching, surprisingly witty testament to how drastically life can change in the span of a single moment.
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    1. This isn t a bad book, although it s not really a very deep one, and its hook a girl embracing life after her family s death may really be its greatest weakness It actually took awhile for there to be any discussion about Laurel s grief or lack of it at all, to the point that I was thinking This IS supposed to be the main point of this book, right Here are a few things you might want to know about The Beginning of After 1 The book cover is pretty.2 It means well.3 But contrary to what you might [...]

    2. This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.Nothing Happened.Yes, you read it right nothing happened in the entire 400 novel Oh, mundane events occurred, all right Laurel went to school She went to her therapist She cried on her bed She got a job at the animal shelter But nothing of significance appeared on the horizon The novel was a gigantic blob of nothingness I don t know about you, but when I pick up a piece of fiction, I expect to be dazzled or touched or experience some sort [...]

    3. In all fairness, this probably deserves to be rounded up to 3, but I was so disappointed I just can t bring myself to do it The Beginning of After tells the story of Laurel, and the way her life changes after her parents and younger brother are killed in a car accident during her junior year of high school I expected an intensely emotional read, one of grief and sorrow and healing, however what I got was mostly a story about boys and prom dates While Laurel s grief was poignant and well done in [...]

    4. Desgarrador, despu s de perder todo, Que m s puede motivarte en el mundo S lo queda dolor, resentimiento, uff, fue un libro que me hizo sentir como estar arriba de una monta a rusa, comprend a la ira de Laurel por David, l todav a ten a a su pap con vida en coma, pero vivo , mientras ella lo perdi todo,desde su familia hasta sus amigos, no conf a en nadie, y entonces aparece David, l tmb perdi a parte de su familia y ahora comienza a sentirse atra do por la chica que tiene prohibido sentir algo [...]

    5. Hopeful, beautifully written, and nothing short of spectacular, The Beginning of After wraps the reader in for a long and amazing journey full of laughs and tears and smiles as Laurel and David make their trip to the after from the beginning I simply could not have asked for a better contemporary read and I am sure many will agree They say everything can change in one quick second, but Laurel never realized this until that fateful day when everything fell apart Before that day, Laurel was the av [...]

    6. Laurel is a typical teenager living a typical life She has a mum.She has a dad.She even has a little brother She goes to school She has a best friend, Meg.She gets straight As.She does everything right.One evening, when Laurel s family and the Kaufman family are having a dinner, Laurel does what she normally does Sits Eats Smiles politely whilst trying to avoid the eye of David Kaufman, her childhood friend who s probably forgotten all their history together and is far interested in his gangste [...]

    7. Realmente odi hacerme ilusiones con un libro con el cu l pens que iba a conectar pero se torn pesad simoEn The Beginning of After nos encontramos con una historia que quiere lograr tocarnos el coraz n pero no llega a lograrlo.Como cuenta la sinopsis,la historia gira en torno a Laurel, una chica de 16 a os que acaba de perder a toda su familia Sus padres y su hermano mueren por causa de un accidente automovil stico en el cu l tambi n estaban presentes sus vecinos, los Kaufman En ese accidente no [...]

    8. I m not really sure how to review this book I read it a couple of weeks ago, and I ve forgotten a lot of the things that happened, so I don t think that s a very glowing recommendation It definitely didn t stay with me, but I do remember it wasn t terrible The writing is pretty good, the characters are actually fairly unique and all have their own issues The pacing just seemed to drag, and I felt like there was a lot in there that just didn t need to be there Laurel s entire family is killed in [...]

    9. It pains me to say this, but The Beginning of After disappointed me It had me by the heartstrings through most of the story, but Jennifer Castle eventually just broke my heart.That said and out there, I will still recommend this book There were a few hard and rare topics and feelings brought into this story of loss and grief which are typically not found in YA fiction Castle talks about the different ways people grief, selfishness in the process, and actually using the loss and grief to one s ad [...]

    10. Oh, this book Sigh In the beginning I had no interest in reading yet another YA contemporary talking about grieving the death of family members There s really, truly only so much I can read about grief plots But then, inspired by high praise from early reviewers, I was convinced to give THE BEGINNING OF AFTER a shot only to wish, after a long and drawn out struggle, that I had just stuck with my original instincts To give credit where credit is due, I actually quite admire what THE BEGINNING OF [...]

    11. IF I STAY is one of my favorite books ever I love how it made me cry, snot running from my nose I love the emotions in IF I STAY It s not just sadness, either there s happiness, anger, etc I throw this book at people in the young adult section of bookstores, so when I saw THE BEGINNING OF AFTER being compared to it, I immediately requested it on NetGalley, and when I was accepted, downloaded it to my iPad, grabbed a box of kleenexs, and sat down, expecting to become a snotty mess like IF I STAY. [...]

    12. I think I picked a horrible day to read this book I started the day off crying this morning watching the remembrance ceremonies on television and spent the entire day in a somber mood, not only because of the day itself but because of this novel Yet, at the end of the day I felt a sense of contentment We may never forget, but we can still heal That is what The Beginning of After was for me It wasn t a book about a girl losing her entire family It was a story about a girl healing from a terrible [...]

    13. In The Beginning of After, Jennifer Castle explores what it means to survive Though there are many such stories in the young adult genre, this novel stands out It examines not just the grief, but the process of learning to live again when nothing will ever be the same Laurel is understandably a mess, and it s impossible not to cry for her as she makes it through each day on trial and error going back to school, breaking down at a party, staying in bed for a week, rescuing strays and almost givin [...]

    14. Just seeing the title, the cover and the book s description you ll expect this novel an amazing book A gigantic emotional ride toward moving on from the past The heck, a must read right Being what this book is, I know writing this kind of story is a hard work for authors They have to make the readers us to feel the impact of the story by making us care for the characters And in order for us to care for the characters they have to make the voice of the protagonist a powerful or a distinct one The [...]

    15. I usually don t like not finishing a book In this case however, I approve myself that it s fine I had many issues with this book from the 100 or so pages I had read, which then I couldn t go on any further wasting my time on it.The Beginning of After from what I ve read is about Laurel whose parents and brother die in a car accident and then fe goes on as it usually does That s all I had come out from the hundred pages I had read Let s get this straight If your family is killed and your still al [...]

    16. It isn t often that a book makes me cry The few that have are those that have heartbreaking conclusions THE BEGINNING OF AFTER had me sobbing right from the start And not just one timeWow What an intense debut novel Comparisons have been made between the author and Sarah Dessen and , though I m a huge fan of Dessen s work, I felt Castle s writing had a slightly different feel almost like Castle s writing had emotional depth Much of this was subtle one carefully chosen word would make my breath [...]

    17. 3.5 ish.Yet another YA about a teen losing most of her family Death sure haunts the teen protagonist these days Not that this is a bad thing, necessarily, although I always read with an extra dose of horrified sympathy for the protag s grandparent s Here, especially, the grandmother had my sympathy and admiration Not an easy read, and the author makes you feel not only for Laurel and her grandmother , but also for David, whose father caused the crash that killed everyone else.

    18. 4.5 stars on An Ordinary WorldIn a time where the majority of young adult fiction focuses on the supernatural, the fantastical, and the dystopian, Jennifer Castle walks down another, familiar path in her debut novel, THE BEGINNING OF AFTER one that every teenager has either experienced or worries about experiencing.At 16, Laurel is just another teenage girl She has parents who love her in their own quirky ways, a brother who annoys her, a best friend who is there for her through thick and thin, [...]

    19. Laurel s teenage life was forever changed when she learned that life and living can be changed in a single, fleeting instant In that moment she goes from the ordinary girl next door to the girl who lost her family to a horrific accident caused by the town bad boy s father Laurel is forced to navigate her grief while balancing the life she once had, but it begins to slip through the cracks and as her friends drift away, she isn t sure who she can trust any But there s David David who is the bad b [...]

    20. A heartwarming story that lacks finesse and poetic style Laurel is introduced as your typical teenage girl stressed about the upcoming SATs and worried about her prom dress However, one fateful accident is enough to turn her entire existence wayward Her entire family is killed in an instant, leaving her alone and hurt beyond repair But life inevitably moves forward, and now Laurel must embark on a new emotional journey and find the strength to face an uncertain future Luckily, she doesn t have t [...]

    21. I struggled with this one I was expecting an emotional tear jerker, unfortunately I found myself reading a dry, plodding book The trouble is that we barely get introduced to Laurel s family before they are all killed in a car accident But unlike If I Stay which this book is unavoidably being compared to , we never get to know them through Laurel as she grieves their deaths In fact, neither her parents nor her little brother are barely mentioned again.And that s the main issue with The Beginning [...]

    22. The Beginning of After tells the story of one of the strongest characters I ve read about in contemporary YA yet When Laurel decides to skip on getting ice cream with her family, there s no way she could have known that it would be the last time she d ever see her parents and little brother alive Her entire life quickly unravels and she has to rely on herself to be able to put it back together With a little help from her grandmother, a few friends and even the boy next door, Laurel learns what i [...]

    23. Jennifer Castle s debut novel is a breath of fresh air for contemporary fiction lovers like me I wasn t hooked at first but that quickly changed as I was drawn into Laurel s world and by the end I was in love Oh and one of the best things about it It s a standalone Laurel Meisner never thinks what life would be like without her family until she actually loses them one night in a terrible car accident What s worse is that the guy who caused the accident is still alive Laurel doesn t know how to c [...]

    24. I ve always been interested in books dealing with hard subjects like grief, abuse, etc So when I heard that Jennifer Castle s The Beginning of After was available on NetGalley, I requested it immediately Unfortunately, The Beginning of After wasn t what I expected Rather than finding myself in tears, I struggled to finish the book because I felt emotionally detached from the characters It s not that the writing was bad, but since Laurel s family is killed right in the beginning of the novel and [...]

    25. Originally posted on my blog, A Book and a Latte You can read my interview with Jennifer Castle here.Heart breaking Honest Beautiful.The Beginning of After follows Laurel s journey of grief and learning to move on after losing her parents and brother in a tragic car wreck I was gripped from page one I lost my mother at the age of 16, and though my story is completely different, I could relate with a lot of the aspects of grief in this novel The Beginning of After is possibly the best depiction o [...]

    26. This book is depressing.This book was hard for me to read at times, because I relate so much with the main character No, I haven t lost my parentsbut I have lost an adoring younger brother when he was the age of 16 So, I am older than this character, but a lot of her feelings brought back memories of myself I m not even asking for a pity party with this, I just feel like it s needful for me to say I get this situation This book will make you cry.This book will give you hope.This book will make y [...]

    27. I have one word for this book and it s extraordinary When I first found this book I just liked the cover then I read the summery and I thought why don t I take a break from all the paranormal books and read a realistic book for a change so I downloaded it and started reading I think I was glued to my laptop after the first ten pages I think it s because the story can happen in real life and as I read I started to relate to Laurel The story starts in a sad way how her family dies, but then it get [...]

    28. 4.5 starsFirst of all, I cannot believe this is a debut The characters are so strong and the story was so beautiful and engaging The book examines a lot of interesting issues such as the process of grief, big life changes, and what are our lives are supposed to be.I absolutely adored the main character, Laurel I found her voice to be so true All the grief, humour, love, and questioning felt absolutely real Even though The Beginning of After is very different from The Sky is Everywhere the two bo [...]

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