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Lacey's world shatters when her dad is killed in a car accident. And secretly? She feels like it’s her fault. If she hadn’t taken her own sweet time getting ready that morning . . . well, it never would have happened. Her mom wouldn’t be a basket case. Her brother Logan wouldn’t drink. And her little brother would still have two parents.

But life goes on even if you don’t w
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Haylee
This book was definately not a terrible read. But there were some major things that should've/could've been changed to make it more realistic and likeable.

Firstly, let me start off by saying that the writing was the main problem in this book. The characters did not have enough differences. I mean sure, you have Logan who has a temper, and a bunch of stereotypical mean girls, but the author had them say the same lines a lot, even though they're different people. For example, whenever a character
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Steph Su
AFTER is a gentle and sweet read about death and love. The book doesn’t cover any new ground, but it makes for a quick, pleasant read.

The characters’ dilemmas regarding, grief, friendship, family, and love are realistically complex. Grief affects people differently, and in AFTER we get to see many different facets of it: Lacey’s younger brother’s silent withdrawal, her older brother diving into a relationship that she can’t understand, her mother flinging herself into work and neglecting the res
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Claire
Teen/YA nonfiction- Lacey’s world is turned upside down after her dad’s tragic car accident. You want to know the worst part? She saw it with her own eyes and the feeling of guilt is killing her slowly. Her family is no longer the same, but then the new student Sam comes along and makes things a less sour and bitter. Is that coincidence a little too good to be true?

“I hated it when people tried to help me, especially now. Couldn’t they see I was dealing just fine? I didn’t need anyone’s help or
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Jenna
Lacey is a young girl I think around 17 when her father 38 dies to young. Lacey was there with her brother Logan and Tanner when a person under influence of drugs hit their car.

Lacey has a hard time with her grief but she doesn't show it, she just tries to be perfect and keep her family together. Her mother hides at her work, little brother Tanner hardly talks anymore and Logan drinks a lot.

The story shows that with any death of a parent, suddenly or expected grief still hits hard but every pers
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Liz Fichera
Poignant. Adults and teens who've lost a parent will appreciate the emotional content of this novel and the grieving process descriptions and frustrations.
Cassy
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Paige
"After" is a book about a loss of a family member and how to stop feeling grief when it comes to that person passing away. As Lacey tries to cope with losing her dad, she feels alone. Her older brother is drinking, her mom works way too much, and her younger brother isn't doing anything anymore! When Lacey starts a group for people that have lost a parent she meets Sam. Lacey starts falling for Sam, but then he tells her that he "knows how she feels" when she talks about losing her dad. Lacey g ...more
Book Concierge
3.5***

Lacey’s father is killed in an auto accident, leaving her mother and two brothers obviously consumed by grief. Lacey, although she blames herself for the accident, is fine … or so she keeps telling everyone. She is doing well in school, has taken up the household tasks her mother cannot seem to accomplish, and is watching out for her younger brother Tanner, who has virtually withdrawn from life. The kids at school have mostly stopped giving her pitying looks, and even though she’d like for
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BookChic Club
I've read two other Harmel books, her YA debut When You Wish and her adult debut How to Sleep with a Movie Star, and loved both of them. This is no different in the fact that I really enjoyed it, but it's different from her previous novels in tone. I was a bit surprised by what the book was about when I got it in the mail a few weeks ago, considering Harmel's past works, but was eager to see how she would fare with a more somber book.

Let me just say that she did a very good job- there's just the
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Michelle
A sweetly told story of a teenaged girl’s struggle to survive the unexpected death of her father, After, was a quick subtle read.

There was a fair share of angst, as one would expect from a story based on the loss of a parent, but it wasn’t of the hang-wringing, over wrought into hysterical depression variety. It was understated and for a book of short length paced very well. Surprisingly, Harmel was able to deep dive into the subject matter with ease and tremendous focus despite the book’s brevi
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Sara
Apr 03, 2010 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sara by: Goodreads
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
Though the topics covered in this book were heavy, this was a light and quick read. After Lacey's dad dies in a car accident, Lacey notices all the changes around her: her mom absorbs herself in work, her older brother starts drinking, her younger brother withdraws, and Lacey keeps wishing for things to be the way they were before. When Lacey realizes that others at her school are dealing with the same sort of problems, she reaches out to help them and, as a result, helps herself.

I liked how all
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Rebecca
I enjoyed this book. It's a YA, so I read it in a day. I like this author a lot and I'll read anything from her, but I like her chick-lit books better. I think maybe because they last longer. But this one was okay. The "issue" was the girls dad died in a car accident and she sort of blamed herself for the accident. She and her two brothers were in the car with their dad when he got into an accident. She blames herself because she purposely and jokingly took longer in the bathroom then needed and ...more
Sam
After is a touching book about a teen’s life after the death of her father. Lacey is a very independent teenager; her emotions are complicated and jumbled. She’s not perfect and doesn’t act that way.
This book shows a great look at how the death of a parent changes a teenager. Lacey feels like an outcast after her father dies. She begins to take more responsibility on herself, trying to fill in for her mother, who is hardly around, and also helping others who are dealing with a similar kind of lo
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Angela S. for TeensReadToo.com

Sixteen-year-old Lacey had her life turned upside down one Saturday morning, when a routine trip for breakfast with her dad and two brothers turned tragic. Just minutes from their house, Lacey's father was killed and Lacey was seriously hurt in a car accident that no one could have predicted.

Lacey has spent the last year of her life blaming herself and trying to hold her family together. She tells herself that if only she hadn't taken as long getting rea
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Wan Yu( Stephanie)
Lacey's life was perfect, but everything changed and shattered after her father died during a car accident. Her mother put all her attention in work; her older brother drank; her younger brother will have a "family". She thought she should take the responsibility for her father's death because she believed her father won't die if she leaves the house 5 mins early or later.
"There's before. And then there's after." This line is showed clearly in the front cover of the book and it really stands
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Vanessa Chen
The book is about a girl,Lacey, who loses her father in a car accident. Her whole school feels bad for her because of her loss and she feels that they are treating her differently because of it. She wants to act normal like any other kid but she relizes that other people in her life wont let her. They try to make her feel better and comfort her but Lacey feels thta it is just making her uncomfortable. When I put myself into Lacey's shoes, I can see and feel what she goes through in her life. I c ...more
Carissa
I have to admit that I haven't read really any young adult novels since that particular time in my life, but I was drawn to this book because it deals with the deal of a father, which is something I unfortunately am familiar with. The moment I began reading this book, I was instantly drawn to the main character, Lacey because I felt her pain and really related to so much of what she was going through even through she is only 16. I really feel that Kristin Hamel did such an amazing job at portray ...more
Karen
Losing someone specail to you is very difficult, it gets harder when your family refuses to to accept the fact that he or she is gone and you are forced to hold up the family and keep yourself from being too grieved. This is what the main character has to face, though out the book she refused to let anyone into her world and she always thought she could solve all the problems because she thought she was the reason why everyone was in grief, asd so she tries hard to get everyone to speak up about ...more
Catalina Sennett
Okay so here is my story: My father passed away when I was 5. The thing is...I am not sorry. He was a horrible person, he killed people, and he abused my mom for 14 years, it was only a matter of time before he would kill her too. I absolutely hate when people tell me they are sorry when they find out my father died. I think the world is a better place without him in it. So in a way I couldnt really relate to the kids in this book, because they all loved their parents who passed. But, I put myse ...more
Laura
This book really impressed me. It clearly shows readers about grief, that it looks different for everyone, people can handle it in healthy and non healthy ways, and nobody is perfect.

It compares death to divorce, which is common in grief, and shows that it's not a perfect comparison. I like that the book really starts 9 months after the death, and shows that grief is not a short season, but takes a long time to process.

I strongly encourage everyone to read this book, both people who have experie
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Tahis
absolutely love this book! it's such a good book.Had me crying on some parts:p overall i really enjoyed reading this book(:
Christine
When Lacey's father dies in a car accident she feels like it's her fault. If she didn't insist on putting on an extra coat of mascara or if she merely woke up an hour earlier then her father would still be alive and her family wouldn't be acting the way they were.

The accident has also changed the way people at school treat her. Some people even act like they are her friend just to get the attention of others. When she meets a new student named Sam, she thinks that he is diffrent, she feels und
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Stefanie
When Lacey’s dad dies in a car accident, her once perfect family is broken. Her mother works too much trying to forget the pain, her older brother has started drinking and her younger brother barely talks. Lacey has nominated herself as the family’s caretaker and doesn’t want anyone else’s help or pity. But when she meets a cute new boy and organizes a group of kids whose parents have died, she realizes she might not be dealing with things so well after all. This is a story not only of death, bu ...more
Rachel Mercaldo
What impressed me most about “After” was how author Kristin Harmel did such an excellent job with her characters. While I felt that some of Lacey’s thoughts were a little small-minded at times (well, maybe once), I never once thought Kristin could have written her more believably. Instead, I saw Lacey as a real human being whose emotions had taken a roller coaster of a ride and who was, understandably, a little less open to other people’s pain. It is definitely a book I’d recommend for this reas ...more
Marie
I was drawn into this story from the beginning
Samantha Mccoy
This was a decent story..some of the MC's thoughts annoyed me to no end and not on my "I read this in 6 hours" list. It made me think back to when I was 15 and I lost my stepfather who has been a major part of my life for 12 years and what life was like when he was gone. Although it was one of my worst memories to date, I don't recall reacting to the whole "what happened to me is worse than whatever is going on in your life" so the transition from what happened at home did not affect my relation ...more
Karlee
I really liked this book. It got right to the point. It didn't seem to take forever for things to happen like in most other books.
Meaghan
the basic plot was pretty good but i wish it had been longer and more in depth with some of the characters
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Adrianna
This book was a wonderful read, I finished it in about a week (and that's fast for me with all the business of school). I actually got to hear this author speak (she was a guest lecturer in one of my classes this semester), and she seemed so down-to-earth and incredibly likable, so I was curious to read her books. Now that I've finished this book, I will definitely add her other novels to my list of books to read!
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