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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,888 ratings  ·  377 reviews
The complexities of a friendship. The unexplored doubts of a marriage. And the redemptive power of literature...Julie Buxbaum, the acclaimed author of The Opposite of Love, delivers a haunting, gloriously written novel about love, family, and the secrets we hide from each otherand ourselves.

It happened on a tree-lined street in Notting Hill to a woman who seemed to have
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by The Dial Press
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Tea Jovanović
Good c'est la vie story... About love, loss, death, birth, life, grief, friendship, family, parenthood, childhood, marriage, doubts, weddings, divorces... All in one book and one story... :)
Well written and one that catches you from the start and don't leave you till the last page... I fell in love with this author with her debut novel The Opposite of Love (I was Serbian editor of the book), and my faith in her writing is still strong and I'm looking forward to enjoy her third :)
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
One thing my girlfriend and I have always been amazed at is that ONE PHONE CALL in ONE MOMENT can change your life forever. Just like that, things will never be the same accident, a disease, a death, whatever the news, one moment things can be just fine and the next moment your life is turned upside down.

That's what happens in this book, Ellie learns that her best friend, who is currently living in Europe, was killed in a street front of her 8-year-old daughter, Ellie's
Shelagh Rice
This is a very enjoyable read that deals with everything death, loss, complicated relationships, love, marriages but most of all friendship between two women. It's about a promise between two friends that neither thought would ever have to be tested. Fulfilling this promise causes so many ripples throughout the lives of so many people. Julie Buxbaum writes beautifully and handles the difficult subjects with sincerity and intelligence.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
I read this in an evening when I wasn't feeling well and DH took over boy duty. It was fine for that but not a great novel. Ellie's best friend, Lucy, is murdered and Ellie moves to London to help care for her 8-year-old, Sophie. The author dodges a few cliches but manages to incorporate quite a few obvious plot points. The characters never seemed quite real to me. She excels in a few passages that describe the emotional punch of losing a loved one, but overall the book felt thin to me.

My star
Julie Ekkers
Jun 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great look at how one handles loss and death and complicated family relationships. I am meeting the author in March and really enjoyed this book by her.
When Ellie learns of the murder of her best friend Lucy, she does what any friend would do, and drops everything and heads to London to look after Lucys daughter, Sophie, and to pick up the pieces. Sophie, as expected, is struggling with her mums death and has stopped talking. Desperate to get the little girl to open up again, Ellie decides that the best course of action is to read a book with her. Ellie chooses The Secret Garden, a book that helped her get through childhood, and hopes it will ...more
Jul 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Book Clubs
Recommended to Charlene by: A Good Reads winner
I won this book from the Good reads site. The story follows Ellie, who is trying to recover from a still born and the slow destruction of her marriage. Ellie's childhood friend, Lucy, is murdered in an upscale part of London while walking her 8 year old daughter, Sophie, to school. Ellie flies to London to attend to the arrangements and deal with Sophie, who now refuses to speak. Dealing with the loss of her stillborn child, marriage, and now lifelong best friend, Ellie attempts to deal with the ...more
After reading the Opposite of Love, I expected After You to be just as amazing. And it's not bad or anything, it's just that maybe I've expected too much.

We get sucked into Ellie's world immediately, the chaos and loss of a best friend, a husband, a life. But then, I'm not sucked into Ellie as a person. At first I don't understand her, I don't really know why she's making the choices she's making. It's only after half the book that I begin to relate to her, and like her as a character.

The book
Jill  Lynn
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. There were many ways this book could have concluded, depending on which path the character (and author) chose, and while I had no problem with the way it ended, it seemed a bit abrupt.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
3 Stars

But I'm not sure...

I liked the premise - MC's best friend is murdered, streets from her home in front of her only child so MC has to go to London from the States to pick up the pieces.

There are other plot points - parents have a love/hate/love relationship, miscarriage, marriage problems ETC. All this stuff happens and is fairly well delivered, if a bit slowly

So why did it feel like absolutely nothing happened?

Don't get me wrong. It delivered. But it didn't have the life a book
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
explores how one woman responds when a promise to her husband and a promise to her best friend conflict. I loved the kid in the book, and I connected with the readers in the book. Not a typical storyline for a book that starts with a murder -
Trupti Dorge
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, review-copy
I have been sitting on this review for a long time. I tried writing it a couple of times but I just couldnt do it justice. But Im going to try and tell you how lovely this book is. Ellies best friend Lucy is murdered in broad daylight and Ellie goes to London to take care of her 8 year daughter Sophie. Lucys husband Greg is coping with his own grief and does not really pay much attention to Sophie or whats going on in the house. Hes more than happy to hand over the ropes to Ellie for a while.

Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
Let's pretend things are different. That in the last couple of days, I haven't become the kind of person who resorts to wishing on eyelashes, first tears of the night, and the ridiculous 11:11, both a.m. and p.m., in earnest and with my eyes closed.

When Ellie's best friend Lucy is murdered in London, Ellie rushes there from Boston, to be with Lucy's eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. After greeting Ellie, Sophie stops speaking. Meanwhile, Lucy's husband has withdrawn into himself and the charge of
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Eight-year-old Sophie has been left traumatised after witnessing the murder of her mother, Lucy, in the street near their London home. Sophie's reaction to the tragedy is simply to stop speaking. Lucy's best friend, Ellie Lerner, has travelled from America to London to try to help her goddaughter and she becomes determined to break through Sophie's self-imposed silence. Knowing how much Sophie loves reading books, Ellie decides to introduce her to one of her own childhood favourites - The Secret ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Ellie and Lucy have been friends nearly their entire lives, having grown up near one another in Boston. After college, the women's paths take slightly different directions when Lucy, a journalist, moves to England to marry a man she'd fallen in love with. In spite of the distance, the women remain close, and Ellie is even asked to be godmother to Lucy's daughter, Sophie. Ellie marries, suffers a crippling loss, and finds her marriage falling through her fingers. One day, she receives a call that ...more
Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Lucy, Ellie Lerner's best friend of 30 years, is stabbed to death while walking her eight year old daughter Sophie to school. Ellie is so devastated that she leaves her job and her husband in Boston, and travels to Notting Hill, England to help Sophie and her Greg through this difficult time.

Greg deals with his grief by escaping to local pubs, and little Sophie is so traumatized by witnessing her mother's stabbing, has stopped speaking. Ellie desperate to help Sophie, turns to the book, The
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
After You was a decent book. It wasn't great and it wasn't awful. The story line is fairly well thought out and interesting, as are the characters. The writing, however, wasn't spectacular. The metaphors are mostly trivial, as are most of the descriptions of the characters. Ideally, there could have been better character development, and more detailed interactions between the main character, Ellie, and everyone else (besides Sophie). The story starts of pretty slow, the middle is decent, and I ...more
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am not much of a chick lit reader, but After You, was a fantastic read for those who embrace the chick lit and those who do not.

Ellies best friend, Lucy, is brutally murdered in front of her daughter and Ellie comes to stay with her daughter to help comfort her during this time of loss. Ellie arrives in Notting Hill to find her husband who is drinking and working to comfort himself while Sophie has decided to stop speaking after witnessing the death of her mother.

Ellie remembers that when she
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Though others have categorized this book as chick-lit, I think that underplays the emotional truths laid out in the narrative. When Ellie's friend Lucy is killed, Ellie knows she has to rush to London to help care for Sophie; what she doesn't seem to realize is how much her actions are driven by a desire to escape the life she is currently living. Ellie uses that classic tale The Secret Garden to reach out to Sophie because her mother used it years before to reach out to Ellie in a time of ...more
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Julie by: Won a copy from First Reads!
Shelves: first-reads
Ellie and Lucy have been best friends since they were four years old. Their lives have diverged Lucy has always been the glamorous one, and she lives an upscale life with her husband and daughter in London, while Ellie has stayed close to home in a Boston suburb, where she is an adjunct professor but they have remained extremely close. When Lucy is murdered, Ellie leaves her husband and job behind to take care of Lucys 8-year-old daughter, Sophie. Ellie finds out secrets about Lucys life, and ...more
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, england
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Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it
A story that explores death, loss and relationships. I enjoyed the characters and the story the only thing that bothered me is that it is supposed to be written from the point of view of an American from Boston. Unfortunately, the writer tends to let British English writing style dominate - so while the story takes place mostly in London, I had trouble believing Ellie was actually from the States...even though her character often made fun of British English sayings. Putting aside my attention to ...more
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009
I was extremely honored to receive a pre-released copy of After You from the author, Julie Buxbaum. This is Julie's second book, and it is just as well-written as her first (The Opposite of Love).

The emotions in this book were incredible. I felt like I was right there with the characters. I fell in love with every one of them.

For a more in depth review, please visit my blog -
Any book that references The Secret Garden gets my attention. In this story of loss and grief, love and devotion, burial and rebirth, is multi-layered and thought-provoking. When Ellie's best friend Lucy is murdered, she flies to London to take care of Lucy's eight year old daughter. There is so much more to it than Lucy's death. Other themes like guilt, betrayal, and worthiness are dealt with.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was a quick read due to how mindless and simple it was. It had one easy to follow plot line that involved a couple who had lost their connection and a friend who lost her best friend and was compelled to connect with the child left behind. Pretty predictable story with sprinkles of unrealistic events. 3.5 stars
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author and I definitely will be reading more! When Ellie's best friend Lucy is murdered she goes to London to help her goddaughter, Sophie, deal with her mother's death. Ellie and Sophie have such a special bond and they help each other through a lot of healing. A very enjoyable novel that made me laugh at times and near tears during others. Enjoy!
Alicia Jones
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this book in a major way! so apparently it's a great book. I'm still uncertain about how I feel about the end. for whatever reason I read the discussion questions at the end of this one, and they really got me thinking about the story. it is an incredible book. I was impressed.
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was great!!!! As coincidence may have it, we just finished the secret garden, which is mentioned in this book.
Renita D'Silva
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Sad yet heartwarming.
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Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, What to Say Next, Hope and Other Punchlines, and Admission (pubs 5/5/20). Shes also the author of two critically acclaimed novels for adults: The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julies writing has appeared in various publications, ...more

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