The Beginning of After Review ☆ 2

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The Beginning of AfterAnyone 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 crappySixteen year old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident Behind the wheel is the f. 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 uick second but Laurel never realized this until that fateful day when everything fell apart Before that day Laurel was the average girl smart shy and pleasant She had a picture perfect family life a best friend who she could count on and the promise of an amazing future However everything changes when a police offer arrives at the front door bringing with him sad news Laurel’s parents and brothers have been involved in a car accident and are now dead Filled with grief and anger Laurel does not know what to do or who to blame Should it her neighbor Mr Kaufman because he drove the car or should it be herself for not being there to save the day Either way Laurel does know one thing; she should not be feeling strange and new things for David the local bad boy and Mr Kaufman’s son Nevertheless she cannot stop herself because with David she can relate He understands where she is coming from and best of all he is not tiptoeing around her like everyone else is Though are they meant to be or this one big mess in the making Moreover will she ever be able to move on Only time and pages can tell in this fantastic story of grief loss and moving onTo begin with I loved the characters in this especially Laurel and David Charming and sweet Laurel was relatable and likable from the start There wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t cheering her on from the sidelines However what I liked best about her was the fact that I feel anyone would be able to resonate with her feelings over death and loss David on the other hand was the perfect example of the “bad boy” Misunderstood yet charismatic in his own right David was the type of boy a reader cannot help but love I particularly adored his relationship with Laurel not only because of the way it was developed slowly finally a YA relationship that takes time to develop but it was based on so much than just attraction instead feelings and actions played a big role and I loved that The side characters in this were also a breath of fresh air as each one had their own distinctive personality that added an extra flavor to the storyMoving on while The Beginning of After basic premise is the basic death cliché Jennifer Castle fully brought it alive once again and made it her own From the plot lines to the characters and finally the writing each played such a huge part in making this story simply fantastic I particularly enjoyed seeing Laurel deal with day to day life such as her volunteer work and school because they added layers and charm Best of all I loved that The Beginning of After was so much than just a “death” book instead it was about moving on and coming to peace with the past while keeping part of it closeAs mentioned before Castle’s writing was also fabulous She truly knows how to write an emotional read which makes me truly think she’s going to be the next big gem in YA So pick up some tissues and prepare for a long night as Jennifer Castle’s spectacular debut is one you will not be able to put down once you start not even for a second Grade A

Jennifer Castle ↠ 2 Summary

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 waysJennifer Castle’s debut novel is a heart wrenching surprisingly witty testament to how drastically life can change in the span of a single momen. By page 50 I was like thisimage error

Review The Beginning of After

The Beginning of After Review ☆ 2 ¹ 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 crappySixteen year old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed inAther 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. I'm glad I decided to make my own mind up about Jennifer Castle's The Beginning of After There was much criticism by other Goodread's reviewers of the fact that Laurel did not appear to be grieving shortly after her family's death I can only assume that these critics have never experienced a grief too deep even for tears In the first few chapters I saw that Laurel was clamping down on her emotions and memories staying away from anything that would breach the walls she was building around herself so that she didn't let in the massive grief that she knew was on the other side The first half of this novel reminded me of Kieslowski's movie Blue of the the Trois Coleurs RedWhiteBlue trilogy In Blue Julie played by Juliette Binoche loses her beloved daughter and husband in a car crash Julie's grief was silent terrible and all consuming At one point she tried to take an overdose of pills while she was recovering in the hospital The scene in the movie where Juliette Binoche's elderly housekeeper starts to sob at the sight of her says it all Why are you crying Julie asks her blankly Because you cannot was her heartbroken responseJulie attempts to retreat from the world and avoid emotional attachments but the world does not permit Julie to stay cocooned in her silent grief for long Julie like Laurel is forced to deal with her grief and re enter the land of the living If you have never watched Blue and the other two movies in the trilogy I would highly highly recommend that you do so The gorgeous music alone in Blue will forever haunt you as will Juliette Binoche's outstanding performanceBut back to this book the first half of this story was brilliant The sharp witty writing drew me in and kept me watching for the crack in Laurel's unnatural composure Castle did a great job for a first novel in setting the scene and presenting the reader with lifelike characters I was not shocked by the fact that Laurel became fixated on whether Joe or David liked her When you are in the first throes of grief you can often feel numb for a while Time slows down and even seems to stand still You develop a sense of your own mortality and the part of you that is hurting is looking for some comfort much like addicts look for a hit when they find themselves in a stressful situation Joe and David start off as a welcome distraction from the horrible wave of grief that is coming ever closer to the shoreAnd of course when Laurel finally does get swallowed up by her grief it happens in a very dramatic fashion at a post prom party as a result of a taunt from David Many reviewers stay away from Young Adult books because they dislike the melodrama the inevitable love triangles and the far fetched plot devices that many YA authors employ I am happy to report that Jennifer Castle managed to keep the melodrama down to a dull roarI really enjoyed the first two thirds or so of this novel Things started getting a tad drawn out in the final third but the ending was than satisfying A highly recommended read about loss grief forgiveness and moving on I rate this one a 44 out of 5