This is a serious story about a girl who was kidnapped, held for four years and then escapes by a twist of fate. But when she gets home she realises a lot h ...more
I read this book in a day. Three weeks later, I'm still thinking about this family—how each one found different ...more
From there it's Charlotte trying to cope with life, realizing that she's free and her Keeper won't hurt her anymore. That while she was gone her family broken in many ways and all the while she's trying to solve the location of a girl that Alan had prior to her, a girl he ...more
Charlotte's return home, while joyous, is only the tip of the iceberg. For 4 years the memories of her family, the hopes and dreams she shared with her twin sister, are what ke ...more
This book was a hard read - it's emotional, raw and enraging (at times). Clara Kensie has written one magnificent story in the form of a young adult novel. Honestly, it was written beautifully but the subject matter was so tough, serious and so full of pain.
The plot of the story is as followed: Charlotte was abducted by her "Keeper" about four years ago. Somehow, she gets lucky and gets her ...more
After being kidnapped and abused for four years, Charlotte has been found. This novel is about what comes next... what happened during those four years and how Charlotte, her family, friends, and community have changed. I honestly am not sure I can put into words how much this book made me think and h ...more
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'Aftermath' is a young adult novel about Charlotte. She is kidnapped from a football game when she is eleven and is held in her kidnapper's attic for over four years. She survives by imagining that her twin sister, mother, and father are leading a wonderful life without her. She imagines that her twin sister is living everything 'double' for Charlotte. Her kidnapper has a stroke and falls down falls down the stairs. The EMT's then fi...more
I fell in love with Clara Kensie's writing a few years ago when she wrote her Run To You Series. So, when I heard that she was writing something new, of course, I had to get my hands on it. And let me tell you, I was not in any way disappointed.
Aftermath is refreshing, unique and so unexpected. Aftermath is well written and utterly captivating. It is a story that is not only intense, but will grip you the entire time. This is a story about survival and what happ ...more
Four years after she was abducted by a pedophile, sixteen year old Charlotte Weatherstone is finally rescued from her kidnapper and she wants nothing more than to pick up her life where it left off. Her happy homecoming is marred by the discovery that her twin sister Alexa is now a rebellious, defiant and troubled teenager and her parents' once idyllic marriage fell apart due to the strain of her disappearance. Despite ...more
AFTERMATH is the story of Charlotte's return and her family's adjustment. Clara Kensie pulled me into Charlotte's life from the first paragraph. Empathizing with her and Alexa was a given. I liked the protective bond between t ...more
It’s hard to rate a book that explores awful content. Can I say the book was wonderful, despite the horrible things that happen within it’s pages? This is something I’ve struggled with before. It’s hard to describe how a miserable story touched me, made me feel and gave me something to think abo ...more
First I love Charlotte as a character. The author did an amazing job creating a teenager who has been abducted and found. I felt like the emotions that ...more
I had cried, laughed a bit, smiled, cried more, wish something had happened, cried a lot more.
This is the best novel I've read all year, tying with The Architects song by A G Howard.
The writing was well, and the characters well-formed.
I can't wait to read more from Clara Kensie and I hope everyone who sees this reads this novel because ... seriously. Best. Book. Ever ...more
This might be one of the most heart-breaking yet touching and hopeful novels I've read in a good long while! From page one the reader is thrown into a crate in a locked attic room with Charlotte and from that moment on you feel every emotion - fright, anxiety, confusion, anger, and, yes, even happiness - with Charlotte and her family as they navigate through this new world created by her kidnapping. I did have to put it down from time t ...more
Where do I even begin with this startling book? I tried my best to avoid other reviews and blurbs regarding this book, because I knew when I signed up for it that it would be better to not know too much to start. That wouldn’t have been a problem, though, as there are so many surprises along the way so I wouldn’t have felt prepared if I had read every review and snippet available before hand.
This was such a compelling read and it broke my heart more than once, but then Kenzie slowly pieced it back together again. Why do I love when an author does this to me?!
Charlotte was abducted when she was eleven and now it’s four years later and she is free. But is she really free now? Yes, the daily horrors she endured have finally come to a stop, but her nightmare is far from over. Everything changed while she was imprisoned and her entire ...more
I don't rate very many books a 5. But this is one of the very select few that I will. I got approved to read this ARC this morning. I just finished it,15 minutes ago. I feel like I should mention, this will be a trigger book, if you have triggers to things such as rape, molestation, violence, this book may not be for you. I will add, Clara w ...more
This book is a story of recovery. We follow our main character Charlotte who's been held captive for four years by her kidnapper and follow her journey to recovery as she comes home to a family she feels she no longer recognizes. Charlotte was a strong character that was emotionally unstable and scarred from the things she went through over those four years that she was being held prisoner. Charlotte's family is not the one she r ...more
Aftermath is the story of 16 year old Charlotte Weatherstone, whose 4 year ordeal ended when she was rescued from a cage in an attic. H ...more
(This review may contain spoilers).
I thought the blurb of this book was a really intriguing one. As I read the book, it was very clear how well the title fit and I liked how it wasn't just about the aftermath of Charlotte having been kidnapped, but also how her family was affected.
I was able to empathise with Charlotte really early on, but I felt I didn't really get to know the other characters as well, since I was only seeing them t ...more
Release Date - November 15, 2016
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. Aftermath is a young adult novel, but the subject matter is dark and recognizable in today's society, calling to mind Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Lee Dugard.
Charlotte's story starts out with her being held captive in an attic. She's been a powerless victim of kidnapping and torture for four years, after being abducted at 11 years old. After unforseen circumstances she's di ...more
Charlotte has been gone for four years abducted at age eleven ...more
Clara Kensie, author of dark fiction for young adults
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Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. S ...more