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.
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Laurelâs reactions to the accident get lost among other mini-dramas that pop up along the way, and the blunt descriptions of her feelings (as well as how early in the book the accident takes place, before the characters are really established) render her grief flat and generic.Aug 08 2011 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of After
In this story, Laurel Meisner, a pretty typical high school girl loses her family the night of a Passover seder.Sep 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of After
In the instant of a police officer’s word, Laurel’s identity changes forever, from bright, secure suburban teen to survivor of a front-page tragedy.Jun 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of After
You got to experience every part of the year and how it was for Laurel without her parents and brother which was a necessary piece.Mar 11 2012 | Read Full Review of The Beginning of After
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