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In the After

(Fighting Chance #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Sadie Reynolds is a liar with secrets. At school, she’s part of the popular crowd known as AE, despite being broken inside. She hides it well. She has to. The slightest bit of imperfection will land her in the same shoes as her Geeky neighbor named Ian.

Ian and his only friend are the object of Sadie’s friends’ ridicule, ire, and entertainment. The AE rule the school with
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Published February 2nd 2016 by Swoon Romance
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Ben Alderson
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This book deals with so much that still a couple of days later it has still left me shaking.
This book is dealing with a school shooting and it is completely heart breaking to watch it all build up.

I highly recommend this contemporary read. I really do. PLUS there is the most steamy scene in this book... ARHHHH #tingles #YASSSSSSS #WORKGIRLWORK
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is all kinds of messed up! I remember being in high school and all the social ladders and groups and how hard it could be to just be you but this book is way more intense. Be prepared for some major violence, abuse, drama, teenage angst and guys being way too forward.

My nephew was killed several years ago because he wanted to be friends with everyone and a group of boys didn’t like it. SO they punched him. While they didn’t mean to kill him, they did. So, I felt several times like stop
M.  [storme reads a lot]
So this book evokes a lot of emotions within me, both good and bad. It deals with a lot of complex emotions, and it's not a book you can just expect to leave you unscathed. In short, this book packs an emotional punch you won't see coming.

This book is horrible in the sense the popular teens at Atwood High are the worst human beings in the world. I've never met more nasty, cruel people and I wasn't exactly the popular one in high school. These people are on a next level I can't explain well enoug
heather - NightlyReading
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book made me take a really good look at how I treat people on a daily basis and have a chat with my children on bullying.

The main premise of this book is all about the popular kids at a prep school and the horrible, awful ways that they treat the ones that are not exactly with the "in" crowd. The main character knows that it is wrong but cannot help following along because if she sticks up for them, then she will become the bullied.

I really enjoyed the character of Sadie. She had to really
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, this book quite suprised me. It thouches a sad and sensitive topic we are all familiar with, somehow. A topic which is more avoided, than addressed. We should talk about this more openly.
When I started this book, I would've never guessed it will turn directions so dramatically. However deeper into the story the signs are all there and it's quite obvious that things have to happen as they did.

This book is not just a lovestory with insta attraction and so many reasons why you can't be
This book was sent to me by the author herself in exchange for an honest review. So, thank you again, Elisa Dane.

I had to let everything sink in for a few days before I uploaded this review. I mean, I attempted to review this story and it was especially hard to not add five billion spoilers.

This book opens with the rules for the game ‘Assassin’ played in this book. I thought it sounded like a pretty fun game, to be honest. I had never heard of a game such as this one and really, after readin
Cheyanne Young
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book expecting something powerful, and that's exactly what I got. This is something I think everyone should read, especially high school students who deal with this kind of stuff every day. Sadie not only suffers from the trauma of witnessing her mother's murder, she's now stuck in the popular group at her high school-the AEs. The author does a wonderful job of pushing Sadie into a corner that many teens feel every day in school. The popular group sucks to be in, but it's even w ...more
* Review copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*


Oh wow, where to start?? So many emotions! I read 75% of this book in one sitting because I literally could not stop -- I had to find out what was next. And the pace picks up beautifully (& naturally), it's impossible to stop reading!

Sadie is such a relatable character & so very real, I absolutely loved her. I don't want to give away spoilers (so tempting though!), but what she goes through with her best friend, cr
Melanie McFarlane
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't stop reading this consumed me. At first it was hierarchy school drama...which even decades later one can still relate...and then there's this amazing romance. But the see it coming...but your distracted by steaminess...and then WHAM it hits you and your reeling and suddenly its over and

This book made me do everything from get angry to cry. It's an emotional rollercoaster of feels and shows a tragedy so heartbreaking it leaves you in. a da
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

In the After is a story that tells a very powerful and brutally true message of bullying; what it can lead its victim to do.

Sadie is part of the Atwood Elite, teens from the school who are the most popular, and the deadliest. If you cross them, you can kiss your future college and job goodbye. They are the meanest bullies you will ever encounter, except for Sadie and Jenna. They are what I would call the second-hand bullies since they sta
Feb 26, 2016 added it
To start off, I read this book in 2 days. It was SO hard to put down. Elisa Dane does a great job of drawing the reader into her work. Her descriptive writing pulls the reader into the story AND the character's head. I even had a few moments where I was internally yelling at the main character for not doing what I thought she should do. To say the least, I was effectively HOOKED and had no intention of getting away.
This book touches on an important message--bullying in high school. It's really
Suze Lavender
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sadie is faking things to get through life. She's part of the AE, her town's popular crowd, the Atwood Elite. Most of her social circle consists of bullies and Sadie does nothing to stop them. She does what she's being told to do. Shunning her neighbor and friend Ian, who isn't part of the AE, is the only option she feels she has. Sadie is traumatized and wants to spare herself the hurt of being harmed again, but her silence is starting to bother her more and more. Ian doesn't deserve what she's ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Title: In the After by Elisa Dane
Rating: 5/5 stars

~ I am just gonna dive right into it. I just finished reading this book and I am all bundled up with SOOO MUCH EMOTION AND SADNESS AND something else I do not know.....Shock maybe.
I want to start of by saying the Book Cover is Beautiful. I love it and the colors used to attract attention....but you know the cover made me think it was a completely different type of book. The title ''In the After" I did not understand the meaning until I was "In
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin with this review, but I highly suggest not reading this at night as it gave me so much anxiety I could not sleep. I also got highly addicted to the book so I couldn't put it down, which lead me to reading it late at night. I felt so invested in the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen and so much happens.

To start this book is a very fast paced read that is told completely through the eyes of Sadie. We learn a lot about what happened to Sadie an
Michael woods
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started this book without knowing much about the plot and I have to say that is best way to go into this book. The more I read, the more involved and committed, I become to the characters and the storyline. I read this book in three sittings and that's only because work commitments got in the way. If I had the free time I would of easily managed to read this in a single sitting because its so easy to get lost in the book. If I'm honest I was disppaointed when I actually did finish it because i ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Trigger Warning: Bullying

This book was not at all was I was expecting it to be but in the end I ended up falling in love with it. This was definitely an emotional ride.

Sadie belongs to the Elites or AE crowd and she knows better than not to cross Britt, the Queen Bee otherwise she'll end up with the same fate as her neighbour Ian and his only friend Newton. But when
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Abby by: elisa dane
In the After is the second Elisa Dane book that I read, and I totally sped through it! I truly adored the main character, Sadie Reynolds, a high schooler who is living a bit of a lie as she is a part of the popular crowd at school. Aside from her best friend Jenna, no one knows about her true trauma-ridden past and struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. She connects with Hayden, a new boy from the other side of town who doesn’t run in the same circles as she does— and the Queen Bee of he ...more
Vickie D
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! This is my first Elisa Dane book and I am definitely a new fan! This book tackles difficult issues including bullying, trauma, death, eating disorders and more. I appreciated the in depth character development which allowed me to really want to root for Sadie, Hayden and Jenna. At times, I was frustrated when the characters seemed unable to take the difficult steps to stand up to the awful "AE", which is the elite clique responsible for the bullying. Watching the teens make spirit cru ...more
I finished this book a few days ago and I needed these days to collect my feelings and thoughts about it. What can I say? THIS BOOK WAS JUST TOO BEAUTIFUL.It is one of those books that are a 5/5 stars, and I mean it. The characters are just so realistic that everyone can relate to them but let's talk about the plot. THE PLOT GUYS. Everything is set at Atwood High, where bullying is the norm and the social divide is enourmous. The two main characters are Sadie and Hayd
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love. Love. Love. Huge book hangover.

Sadie was just doing her best to survive high school. She ran with the popular club which in this school was so much more than just your average normal snobby popular club. This particular club did horrible things to people with their bullying. They made others want to die from the things they did.

This book touched my heart from the very first day. You really relate to Sadie and feel so bad for her. She wants to be able to stick up for herself and her best
Chantelle Smith
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally Heart-Stopping...! My First Read from Elisa Dane and this was a great introduction in to her amazing writing and plots.

As traumatic as some of the scenes are in this book there are some very powerful and beautiful scenes that really captive you.
I really hits you to think that what is written in this book actually goes on around the world.

This book definitely tackles all things to do with High School: Bullying, First Love, Eating Disorders, The diversity between people and ar
Amanda Coffey
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story was so moving. My emotions were so in tune with the characters that I really felt the way they were feeling. I loved that the story line is about something so real, the kind of situations that we all know happen, but we feel more comfortable looking the other way than facing it. The mix of teenage emotions and having to make adult decisions makes you feel like you have been in the character's shoes at some point in your young adult life.

I have read many books from Elisa Dane and I st
Eleni Mcknight
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a beta, and man, did it break my heart! I felt sorry for Ian at first, I was so upset with Sadie for not standing up to Britt and the rest of the AE. But then I saw how sadistic the AE could be and Sadie's emotional health being downplayed. Loved, loved, LOVED Hayden, though! He tried so hard to help, but you can only do so much sometimes. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book blind (no blurb, no reviews) so had no idea what to expect. It lured me in, believing it was a typical high school drama/romance with a few hints that something was coming then all of a sudden the big event happens. This was a quick easy read for me with plenty of feels, realistic language and plenty of action. The writing was a little repetitive at times with some phrases and descriptions over-used a little but all was forgiven by the end. Well told story, can't wait to read th ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, that was definitely an emotional roller-coaster. In the After is certainly a hard hitting drama. It's a story about friendship, love and loss. One to add to your wish list.
The full review is up on my blog
Cathy *Booklover4everandever*
What an amazing book

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It touches on the one subject I feel strongly about, bullying. Along with other topics too but the main focus was bullying. Elisa you did a great job with this book and I recommend everyone read it!!!
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars! Overall, I enjoyed this book, it was a quick read and broke me out of the strange reading slump Queen of Shadows sent me into! Review will be up on my YouTube channel soon!
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a wild and steamy ride! I enjoyed this book very much! If you like a romance book that also talks about high school hierarchy, this is your book.
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, on-my-kindle
3.5 stars!

Fair warning: this book is going to tear your heart out. Probably more than once. It’s tough to read at times, and definitely throws punches to the gut a time or two. Read at your own risk.

Sadie is not your sweet typical teenager. She’s suffering from PTSD after an extremely tragic event involving her mother. Since then, she’s tried her best to remain under the radar as much as possible. Sadie also happens to be a member of the Atwood Elite, the most popular kids at her high school. Th
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow!!!! I was intrigued by the story line but the last couple chapters definitely kept me glued to the end. Incould feel every emotion; especially the fear. I dont even know what to say. My heart is still racing from reading those scenes. I definitely wish we could've had a litttle more insight into Ian's and Newton's heads or at least emotions. Definitely would've made this more powerful than what this book already is. This was one of thise books that just leaves you wanting more and wish
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ELISA DANE is a self-proclaimed book junkie. A lover of handbags, chocolate, and reality television, she's a proud mother to three All- Star cheerleaders. Writing is her absolute passion, and it's her mission to create stories that will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but help you find a new respect and interest in the sport of All-Star cheerleading.

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