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A tragic accident will forever change the Keller family. Fifteen-year-old Levon Keller survives, though his older brother David, star athlete and golden child, does not. As the fragile family mourns while trying to move on, guilt-ridden Levon finds himself lost between the memory of his brother and the constant attention his younger sister requires with a rare genetic affl ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published June 10th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent (first published June 9th 2013)
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Rochelle Weinstein Hi Denise. Thank you for your question. While there aren't any plans for a Levon and Lucy sequel, one never knows. Perhaps they'll show up in a future…moreHi Denise. Thank you for your question. While there aren't any plans for a Levon and Lucy sequel, one never knows. Perhaps they'll show up in a future manuscript. Happy reading!(less)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Talk about a heart wrencher! This was my first audiobook in a hot minute, but I needed something for a solo trip to Savannah this weekend and it was the perfect length (down to the minute!). While some parts were predictable, the characters were relatable and my heart truly went out to Levon. This one was just a bit over 8 hours which made it a great length for a newbie to Audiobooks and it was one you could zone in and out and not fall behind. Another great story from Rochelle!

*I received my co
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Elyse  Walters
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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Rossy
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone. Realistic fiction lovers.
Heart-wrenching, powerful, moving story. Honest, realistic book.
As the Kellers deal with grief (so so SO much grief), we learn about these flawed but real characters. Their pain is actually palpable and each page and revelation, specially the ending and every twist, will have you shedding more than a couple of tears.

I can't not mention that Lucy Bell is such a compelling creature, that will add freshness to the plot and get you thinking about pureness and forgiveness.
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Letty
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very powerful and heart-wrenching book about a family dealing with loss. I loved Levon and adored Lucy Bell, who becomes a great friend to Levon. The writing of this book is beautifully done. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it while reading as it really is quite sad, but I ended up loving this book. So very well done! ...more
Addicted to Books
I loved this highly emotional realistic book of a family dealing with grief and the secrets surrounding the circumstances of the grief!

Review coming up!
Nenette
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know of a mother who lost her child to a lingering illness. Though not unexpected, she was so grief-stricken she almost succumbed and lost herself. Nothing can ever prepare a parent when death takes away a child, unexpected or otherwise.

I like that the title, though very simple, is catchy, and so apt. The story examines all the facets of the storm that a family goes through after the tragic death of a child. It presents the casualties of relationships gone bad. It shows the divide in time, and
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Leeanna
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This page turner is a must read. I think that everybody can relate to the characters in this book. Moms with teens, married couples and so many more but most importantly the family with a child who has GSD. The author has done an amazing job with the emotions and feelings of each character. I couldn't put this book down - reading it in 48 hours. It tugs at your heart strings and has left me with tears in my eyes. Dr. Weinstein is a brilliant doctor and Rochelle your beautifully written story fac ...more
Lauryn Tardy
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At first, I wasn't impressed with this book. Although the title CLEARLY says, 'The MOURNING After' for some reason I expected, the sadness to last a lot less than it did. With that being said, I couldn't put the book down, I was waiting for the moment to come when their sadness was no longer there and it didn't happen till the end. Rochelle Weinstein, did a great job capturing the grief of ALL the family members, while I myself have never lost a child, I believe the way the mother was portrayed ...more
Bonnie
Feb 19, 2014 added it
I am still reading this book but can say that I am thoroughly enjoying the story line and characters. I love the way the book slowly peels away the secrets within the characters' lives. I also like the way the story moves back and forth between the first day and the present. I have a hard time putting this book down. Now that I've finished this book, I'm wishing the story had not yet ended and that I could continue to read it today. ...more
Judy Churchill
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is another wonderfully sensitive treatment of grief within the family unit. The family is forever changed when one member dies. What if it is the oldest child - the golden boy good in sports, academics and social interactions - and the driver of the car is his brother who describes himself as invisible to his parents. The family dynamics change, then change again when the younger son shares his secret of the night his brother died. It is an excellent story well told.
Cindy Santos
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great page turner! Forgiveness is the theme of this novel and let's face it, we can all benefit from forgiveness. The author did a great job developing the characters. Everyone was relatable. I would highly recommend this book. ...more
Sue
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad story

Grief effects everyone differently. Grief isn't just about death. Great story about family and friendship and how time can heal pain.
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Claudine Baranski
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

I like a novel that teaches me something. This one did.
Interesting, believable characters in a storyline that actually led somewhere.
Kari
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
Not sure how I chose a seemingly YA story but this really could apply to many family dynamics. Told from the point of view of Levon, the often overlooked middle child, he carries a heavy burden after a tragedy that tears his family apart.

In comes the new neighbor with her own secrets, which after building trust with Levon, she is able to share and really show him how to heal and stand up for himself. She is a breath of fresh air for him and challenges him on every level.

This was well written wi
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Carol Hatch
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, just no

What is it about Rochelle Weinstein and her 15 year old weird, troubled characters? I really liked her This Is Not How It Ends, and so I bought What We Leave Behind, which I thought deserved only a one star rating. I thought I would give Weinstein one more chance and bought The Morning After. And guess what...another dysfunctional family with a 15 year old and a 15 year old neighbor. Unless you want to read a depressing book about 15 year olds, avoid this.
Nancy Diaz
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 starts because it was such a well executed emotionally torturous book. I laughed, I cried, I was elated and depressed. I loved the characters and they felt so real. It was very hard reading the raw emotions that I have lived through. I have a serious book hangover still but I loved it.
Bonnie Coon
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story line

The story drew me in quickly. I was a little put off by the adult dialogue between these two 15 yr olds. They were intelligent kids, but I can’t imagine that teenagers, even intelligent ones would talk like well versed adults. The story did keep my interest though, and although the ending left me wanting more, I’d still recommend this book.
Kathy Walstead-plumb
Kept my attention

This book was different. Characters were well developed. Even sometimes it was predictable, I appreciated the honesty of the characters.
It kept me interested. I would recommend it.
Sally Jo Moses
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense yet calming

Having lost my husband, the title caught my attention. I have enjoyed Rochelle's other books, so I plunged into this one not knowing the story line. It's a powerful story filled with so many truths of how we all deal with loss.
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Christine
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good

I don't have high expectations for books that are on the Amazon sale rack so I was surprised that this one kept me interested. Would recommend of u are looking for something not super heavy but not chick lit either.
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Teresa Kuykendall
Awesome

This has been such a page turner. It has such a sweet story that came out of a tragedy, that shows strength and courage but still manages to explain GSD and how dangerous it can be if not taken care of correctly.
Caroline
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brotherly Love

I thought this was a very well written story. It seemed so real. I loved the characters especially Levon and Lucy. Lucy was so kind and passionate about recognizingLevons good traits and looking past his outer persona. She saved him from himself
v.l.harris
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moving tale

Based on a real condition, this book informs us of just one of the many orphan diseases many lives with daily. The author winds the story of a family of loss into a family of triumph.
Peggy
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of The Mourning After

Kept my interest.. loved the writing and story. Found it believable. Would recommend to parents of teenagers. Would love to read what happens next to Levon.
Suzy
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't help but love and care deeply about Levon. The secret Levon was keeping was probably why I finished it at all. I needed to know what it was and I needed to know he was ok. ...more
Cindy
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the writing but the “secrets” were blatantly obvious effecting my overall rating.
Shelly Anderson
Took a little to get into it

This one didn't grab me like her other books right away, but it was written well. A story of family dynamics and mourning
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Raechel Cain
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking but a good read.
Deb
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
My second book by Rochelle Weinstein and just as remarkable as the first. So easy to read and it's easy to 'see' the characters in each story. ...more
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Rochelle B. Weinstein is the USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of emotionally driven women's fiction, including This Is Not How It Ends, Somebody's Daughter, Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind. Rochelle spent her early years in sunny South Florida, always with a book in hand, raised by the likes of Sidney Sheldon and Judy Blume. Before becoming a full-time writer, Ro ...more

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