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After the Fall

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,230 ratings  ·  232 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn't want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals w ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Emily May
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
After the Fall was a book I added immediately after reading the synopsis. How could I not? A contemporary YA about relationships and high school rumours and slut-shaming that has received comparisons to Courtney Summers? Sounds like it's made for me.

But the truth is that this book took on more than it could handle. Hart brings in many heavy topics- sexual consent, slut-shaming, gender double standards, race relations, to name but a few - and doesn't really do much with any of them. After the Fal
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Have you ever encountered a 'twist' that was so mess up that you cease to continue the book?

That's how I feel about this book.
I'm basically too devastated.

I just don't see how the story could go on convincingly after that event. And I fear whatever solutions the author managed to offer would just not do it for me.

I was actually really enjoying it. The writing was good and everyone was a dick but I liked it.

I also believe it must be a pretty great book to make me feel so strongly that I can't g
Jul 31, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well hello. Fancy meeting you here.

9/23/15 Just a heads up that this book is now a 2017 release.
1/22/16 Got a pub date: January 24, 2017!
3/21/16 Updated the book's description. :)
5/17/16 Cover!
8/2/16 Up for grabs on NetGalley (& Edelweiss, I think)
1/22/17 Two days until release! Goodreads giveaway happening here in the meantime:

1/24/17: It's HERE! To celebrate, a group of writers will be matching your donations to RAINN today, up to $4000! Go to fundrais
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
It's been about 20 hours since I finished this book. I've spent the past 20 hours contemplating, thinking about, and replaying this book in my head since then. Eyes, puffy; mood, despondent; fragility, very high right now.

After the Fall is an indescribably and immensely powerful book. If there is one book you read in 2017 it should be this one. This book doesn't just touch upon tough subjects, it surrounds us with these issues and makes us face them even when we wish to stay ignorant and enterta
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know those books where you read the first half and then you cry for ten minutes, and then you have to take a break until the next day? But then the next day you decide you can't keep reading first thing in the morning because you're still sad so you take yourself for a new haircut, new shoes, and a pedicure? THEN when your emotions are tricked back into submission, you feel like you're safe to read the second half of the book? THIS BOOK.

I'm just sad. This is a real
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
This book made me so mad and I wish I could tell you all the reasons why. But I can't because SPOILERS. But I will tell you some of the reasons.

Reason A-- Raychel. As soon as I saw that this Rachel spelled her name with a "Y" I knew she was going to be annoying. And I was right. She was all up in her own head-- trying to make the reader think she "didn't want to stand out", but she was constantly playing the victim and waiting for Matt or Andrew to come save her.

There is a sexual assault part to
Take one part Sara Zarr, one part Laurie Halse Anderson, and one part Courtney Summers and you have this book.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

Full review posted here. Be sure to check out more of my reviews at Mary Had a Little Book Blog.

A copy of After the Fall was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the contents of my review in any way.

Wow. This book was very unexpected. A good unexpected, but unexpected all the same. Especially the part where I CRIED FOR 100 STRAIGHT PAGES. But we'll get there in a second. Also, this book deals with some hard topics, and I want to talk about them s
Kelli Spear
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's very rare for me to be blindsided by the emotional range and depth of a book. But After the Fall did just that. After reading the synopsis, I expected a love triangle and I got that. I also got so much more.

Raychel is poor. She wants to get out of the town she's grown up in, but everything that could go wrong seems to do so. Matt is the opposite. He leads a charmed life and is almost guaranteed to be heading to Duke next year. They've been best friends forever. Matt, however, wants more. H
Daniela Soria
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The plot twist in the middle threw me off so much I didn’t have any desire to finish the book. I ended up finishing it, but the book was so different the. What I was hoping for
Mariah Smith (Vibin With Books)
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This was... wow. This was poignant. Raw. Shocking. Incredible. Profound. The characters were wonderfully flawed, making me angry and confused, but also bursting at the seams with happiness and sorrow. Rachel and Matt have to deal with a heart-shattering loss (which I never in a MILLION years saw coming and basically blacked out from because it was so painful), and what struck me the most about this story was how realistic the aftermath was. It was slow and painful, with our main characters both ...more
Monica (Tomes Project)
I received an ARC of this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

*exhales deeply*

This was my first non-reread-read of 2017, and I went into it with a fairly blank head because, well, no one I follow has reviewed this yet. At least not that I've seen. This book is a debut, but I knew that a tagline surrounding this book was, essentially, that this book is about "rumors, reputations, and consent" so naturally I was very intrigued. I don't typically read contemporary unless it has a central theme. Contempo
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I was surprised by how much this debut young adult novel affected me. I loved the complicated relationship between a young woman from a poor, single parent family and two brothers from a well-adjusted, more affluent family in a familiar Ozark setting. All the characters were complex and flawed, and the depiction of a hard-partying crowd of high school kids felt very true. It brought up important issues of consent in romantic relationships, and the ending felt like a sucker punch in the gut, whic ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After the Fall is just not for me. I read about 50 pages and then skipped through the rest. The characters, Raychel and Matt (and Andrew), are quite whiny and annoying. They always are getting into arguements and thinking they are always right. Raychel's secret isn't that much of a secret. It's the poor girl is best friends with a rich boy and she falls in love with rich boy's brother. They date in secret but then tragedy and everyone finds out! That plot twist was pretty good and unexpected. It ...more
Jilly Gagnon
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an incredibly powerful book.

I don't want to spoil any of the story elements, but I will say that I love how raw and real these characters were--all of them. Hart doesn't coddle her readers or force neat bows on situations that are rarely, if ever, neat-bow-able. Because of that the story felt incredibly honest, and painful, and real.

It's one that will stay with you. Absolutely a must-read of 2017.
Kelly Gunderman
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

After the Fall was one of my most anticipated reads for 2017.  I love books that deal with real issues, even if they are difficult to get through, and this book definitely was difficult to get through at times, because it was written with such real emotions.  It was raw and gripping, and made me cry on more than one occasion.

After the Fall is a great idea of how powerful a young adult contemporary can be, espec
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
After the Fall has been on my radar for what feels like forever, which made it one of my most expected 2017 releases. The synopsis instantly caught my attention when I first read it, because it kind of reminded of something I have read before, for example by Courtney Summers.

Raychel is seventeen and living in a college town she cannot wait to leave behind her. She lives with her mother, is no stranger to financial problems, and feels like her plans for the future are increasingly becoming just a
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After the Fall is an utter disappointment. It features bland characters, a truly ridiculous twist, and doesn't offer anything constructive or worthwhile with the highlighted topics.

After the Fall ultimately fails because of the sheer amount of work it takes on. Rape, consent, gender double standards, and slut shaming are featured heavily within the book on top of developing a romance and having the characters deal with loss. All of these topics are touched upon briefly or spoken about directly,
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Cale Dietrich
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
AFTER THE FALL is one of the most powerful and beautiful books that I have ever read. I am well and truly blown away right now, and I can’t believe this is Kate Hart’s debut - I will be reading every book she writes from now on, I loved this book THAT much.

This is a book mainly about three characters and their complicated relationships. Raychel, who is torn between two brothers – her best friend Matt, and Andrew, who is a sort of charming slacker type. Everyone around her always expected Rayche
This was really absorbing, and I really liked how thoughtfully the book steeped its events in context that didn't just address sexism but socioeconomic disparity as well. Probably the biggest thing I took away, though, was the spark of conversation starter about straight* guys and girls being friends. (*or bi, which I think based on one line she's intended to be? Point being, guys and girls attracted to each other's genders.) I know it wasn't expressed in the book as universal commentary, rather ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On a scale of one to broken, I’m beyond broken. 😭
Kara Babcock
Major spoilers in this review, because it’s more of an autopsy. I think After the Fall was dead on arrival for me.

The cover copy promises a kind of love triangle in which Raychel is sleeping with 2 brothers, Matt and Andrew. Now, I know that authors usually don’t write the cover copy, so I won’t blame Kate Hart for this. But I feel misled. Raychel is sleeping with Matt in the sense that sometimes they share a bed. She does have sex with Andrew, like once. So the book positions itself to be this
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned

I won an ARC in a goodreads giveaway.

Okay, so when I saw the synopsis I honestly thought this would be a triangle between Raychel, Matt, and Andrew... I fully went into it expecting that. Initially, I was a little disappointed when it didn't seem to be that way. However, what I got I didn't expect and I loved every heartbreaking minute of it.

Raychel has a thing about not being with high school boys, but according to her best friend Matt she does hook up with college boys, so when rumors start
Megan Lyons
I liked how complex all the characters were in this. They felt like real teenagers, multi layered and flawed. The parents in the book were also portrayed very well. So often in books parents are so unrealistic or one dimensional. They are often hardly there, or exist just to be a foil to their children. In this case, they felt like real people who had realistic and complex reactions to the situations around them.

I did enjoy this book and thought it was well done. I thought the sexual assault wa
Jan 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
There was so much wrong with this book, I don't know why I didn't give up on it to be honest. None of the characters are likeable, which isn't always a problem but I just didn't care what happened to any of them. It felt like the author was trying to cram too many different things into one book, yet at the same time nothing really happened. The teens don't seem realistic (who does that many extra curricular activities at school?! And then has the time to get drunk as much as these kids do!), and ...more
Alexandra Ott
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an incredibly powerful book. This story is so raw, so heartbreaking, and so honest. I don't even know how to talk about it without spoilers, but I will say that it's complex and nuanced and messy in all the best ways. A necessary and stunning read that will stay with you long after you finish. ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I started reading this book after I finished The Handmaid's Tale. And I experienced total book deja vu. Has that ever happened to you? The two books are totally unrelated - I picked this one by chance because it was on my to-read list and it happened to be available through the library - but it has references and quotes from The Handmaid's Tale throughout the book! Fascinating!

Deja vu aside, I give this book 3 stars.

There were some really important and timely topics being addressed in this boo
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I was so disappointed with this book. I had such high hopes and was expecting so much from it, but it ended up being not the greatest book I’ve ever read. The premise sounded so interesting and I was hoping to see some of the things that happened addressed, but they really weren’t. I don’t know, it was quite a mess.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing style, to be honest. It wasn’t a badly written book, but I just didn’t click with it that much. A
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Kate Hart's debut YA novel, AFTER THE FALL, was published in 2017 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She's also a contributor to the 2018 anthologies TOIL AND TROUBLE (Harlequin Teen) and HOPE NATION (Philomel), and 2020's OUT NOW (Inkyard) and BODY TALK (Algonquin).

After earning degrees in Spanish and history at Hendrix College, Kate taught young people their ABCs and wrote grants for grownups with disa

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