The Year After You
New Year's Eve, San Francisco.
The most promising party of the year ends in tragedy.
Georgina is gone and nothing will bring her back.
Nine months later, Cara's mother decides a Swiss boarding school will...more
I don't know what it was about the story, but I just felt compelled to keep reading, even though plot-wise there was not that much happening a lot of the time.
A lot of the points presented were really meaningful!! There were a couple that fell flat, but overall it was really nice.
And the characters were super complex which was also refresh ...more
Content Warning: Grief, PTSD, homophobia
This book. This glorious, gorgeous book. It broke my heart and lifted my soul and I really don't think I can put in to words how much I loved it.
I think I'll start with the setting. I am a sucker for boarding school settings, the way that everything is so much more intense in close quarters, how relationships run at a different pace, the family-like quality of the people around you even (especi ...more
This was a cute debut. I had never read a young adult book set in the Swiss mountains before this one and I loved the atmosphere. The cover is particularly spectacular and sets the mood of the book perfectly.
Still, this book wasn't really my thing. It read a lot like Anna and the French Kiss with the foreign boarding school setting, the group of friends, the love interest, the themes. I know that a lot of people will love The Year After You as much as they love Anna and the French Kiss ...more
So, great book for young adults or just adults. Possible trigger warnings: guilt, homophobia, suicide, mental ilness.
Thank you to the publishe ...more
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“Your friend might be gone, but everything you built with her lives on. She’ll be a marker for you –for what you expect from friendships. For how you carry yourself into new experiences, things you weren’t able to do with her. For how you love. She’ll be with you, inside you, for the rest of everything.”
I have always wondered about Swiss boarding schools and how they looked and felt like. I think it’s quite common when you live nearb ...more
It is set in Hope Hall, a Swiss boarding school located in the Alps. For me, one of the things that Nina de Pass did very cleverly was using the setting to maximum effect in THE YEAR AFTER YOU. Since my childhood, I have loved boarding school settings, as everything is so much more intense when in close proximity, such as romantic liaisons and relationships which tend ...more
Too often we get contemporary books that deal with tough topics (in this case, grief/s ...more
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Cara has lived something traumatic and her mother decides to send her to a boarding school in Switzerland so that she can process and heal. But Cara has a lot of trouble connecting considering how guarded she is. And who could blame her? But Hector and Ren insert themselves into her life and Cara can't help but feel things and it's not without its challenges.
I'm a sucker for boarding school stories and this was no e ...more
Cara is still grieving the loss of her best friend, while struggling with self blame, anxiety and depression. At Hope Hall she meets Ren, Fred and Hector. These thre ...more
I definitely tend to stop myself from reading books like this, but when I actually finish reading them, it’s like I’ve been given this gigantic reward.
My favourite books of all time have been things like ‘Neverland’ by Margot McGovern, ‘The Sister Pact’ by Stacie Ramey and ‘Love Letters to the Dead’ by Ava Dellaira, all of which follow in the same vein as this book.
I think there’s something so beautiful and haunting about this book. The atmosphere ...more
The moment I read the blurb for The Year After You by Nina de Pass I knew I had to read this book. So of course you can imagine my excitement when I was given and ARC of this book for free in exchange for an honest review! It's been a long time since a YA contemporary has hit me in the emotions quite as hard as The Year After You did, and I loved every second of it.
Nine months ago, New Year's Eve, there's a ...more
Almost a year after a car accident that derailed Cara’s life, her mother enrols her into Hope Hall, for her final year. Miles away from anyone who knows her, on a secluded boarding school in the Alps, Cara intends to keep her past a secret. But the one thing she didn’t account for were the students of Hope Hall.
When I think random boarding school in the Alps, there’ ...more
In this book we meet Cara a 17 year old girl who lost her best friend in an accident. She is sent to a boarding school called Hope in Switzerland by her mother to make a fresh start. At Hope Cara meets new people but because of her trauma she has trouble letting them into her life.
This book deals with grief, guilt, friendship and family. I loved the way the friendships were build and how Cara developed herself after her trauma. The book wa ...more
* trigger warning* mentions of suicide, mental health and anxiety.
“ People always hurt the people they care about... That’s why it hurts so much “
A whirlwind story of grief, honesty, friendship and acceptance.
The book is narrated by Cara and we follow her on an emotional journey of self acceptance, new friendship and grief. Cara has been sent to a ...more
The Year After You follows a young girl named Cara who is sent to a boarding school in the remote Swiss Alps. On New Years Eve she survived a fatal accident, but her best friend Georgina did not. Consumed by grief, she wants nothing more than to complete the school year and move on, nothing is going to bring down the walls she has built around herself. But as she is drawn into life at Hope Hall, she begins to hope that maybe, things will get ...more
This story is as refreshing and heartwarming as it is devastating.
The storyline focuses on Cara, a teenager who has lived and lost her best friend within one night. We follow her journey from the beginning point of being enrolled to a Swiss boarding school, through all the hardships she faces from the previous year as well as the new ones she is met with.
I cannot begin to express how much emotion this book brought out i ...more
In the story, I was very intrigued about Cara's secrets, we knew certain details such as that her friend had died, that Cara had been injured yet survived but nothing much else. The intricacies of that fateful night are slowly revealed throughout the whole novel. The moment you think you understand what happened ...more
Nina de Pass's debut YA novel is a fab read - I devoured it over a couple of days, racing to discover more about the secretive characters and their dark pasts, and to find out if, and how, they find redemption.
Cara, the main character, is sent to boarding school in Switzerland as a last resort to overcome the trauma of a car ac ...more
I cannot put into words how much I loved this book!
When I started this book I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did but I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster and I spent a majority of the book with tears streaming down my face.
Cara is such an amazing and complex character. I just wanted to hug her so badly. Her emotional journey was turbu ...more
I requested this book from Net Galley to review, it was one of my very first advance reader copies, the cover art alone peaked my interest. Then I read the synopsis and thought it would be a interesting and easy read.
Before I begin, I'd just like to say that this review contains thoughts and opinions that may spoil the plot. There are topics covered in this s ...more
I’m so happy to have discovered this author because she tells an amazing story amazingly well. I think the sense of claustrophobia was created really well, the intrigue and suspense of the mystery building up tension in the background, the weird innocence of new friendships, the mind games. It was a strange read, but a good one.