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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Lacey's world shatters when her dad is killed in a car accident. And secretly? She feels like it’s her fault. If she hadn’t taken her own sweet time getting ready that morning . . . well, it never would have happened. Her mom wouldn’t be a basket case. Her brother Logan wouldn’t drink. And her little brother would still have two parents.

But life goes on even if you don’t w
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was definately not a terrible read. But there were some major things that should've/could've been changed to make it more realistic and likeable.

Firstly, let me start off by saying that the writing was the main problem in this book. The characters did not have enough differences. I mean sure, you have Logan who has a temper, and a bunch of stereotypical mean girls, but the author had them say the same lines a lot, even though they're different people. For example, whenever a character
Liz Fichera
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Poignant. Adults and teens who've lost a parent will appreciate the emotional content of this novel and the grieving process descriptions and frustrations.
Steph Su
Sep 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: debs10
AFTER is a gentle and sweet read about death and love. The book doesn’t cover any new ground, but it makes for a quick, pleasant read.

The characters’ dilemmas regarding, grief, friendship, family, and love are realistically complex. Grief affects people differently, and in AFTER we get to see many different facets of it: Lacey’s younger brother’s silent withdrawal, her older brother diving into a relationship that she can’t understand, her mother flinging herself into work and neglecting the res
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Lacey’s father is killed in an auto accident, leaving her mother and two brothers obviously consumed by grief. Lacey, although she blames herself for the accident, is fine … or so she keeps telling everyone. She is doing well in school, has taken up the household tasks her mother cannot seem to accomplish, and is watching out for her younger brother Tanner, who has virtually withdrawn from life. The kids at school have mostly stopped giving her pitying looks, and even though she’d like for
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Sixteen-year-old Lacey had her life turned upside down one Saturday morning, when a routine trip for breakfast with her dad and two brothers turned tragic. Just minutes from their house, Lacey's father was killed and Lacey was seriously hurt in a car accident that no one could have predicted.

Lacey has spent the last year of her life blaming herself and trying to hold her family together. She tells herself that if only she hadn't taken as long getting rea
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Teen/YA nonfiction- Lacey’s world is turned upside down after her dad’s tragic car accident. You want to know the worst part? She saw it with her own eyes and the feeling of guilt is killing her slowly. Her family is no longer the same, but then the new student Sam comes along and makes things a less sour and bitter. Is that coincidence a little too good to be true?

“I hated it when people tried to help me, especially now. Couldn’t they see I was dealing just fine? I didn’t need anyone’s help or
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Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read two other Harmel books, her YA debut When You Wish and her adult debut How to Sleep with a Movie Star, and loved both of them. This is no different in the fact that I really enjoyed it, but it's different from her previous novels in tone. I was a bit surprised by what the book was about when I got it in the mail a few weeks ago, considering Harmel's past works, but was eager to see how she would fare with a more somber book.

Let me just say that she did a very good job- there's just the
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit, ya
I enjoyed this book. It's a YA, so I read it in a day. I like this author a lot and I'll read anything from her, but I like her chick-lit books better. I think maybe because they last longer. But this one was okay. The "issue" was the girls dad died in a car accident and she sort of blamed herself for the accident. She and her two brothers were in the car with their dad when he got into an accident. She blames herself because she purposely and jokingly took longer in the bathroom then needed and ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
"After" is a book about a loss of a family member and how to stop feeling grief when it comes to that person passing away. As Lacey tries to cope with losing her dad, she feels alone. Her older brother is drinking, her mom works way too much, and her younger brother isn't doing anything anymore! When Lacey starts a group for people that have lost a parent she meets Sam. Lacey starts falling for Sam, but then he tells her that he "knows how she feels" when she talks about losing her dad. Lacey g ...more
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sara by: Goodreads
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
Though the topics covered in this book were heavy, this was a light and quick read. After Lacey's dad dies in a car accident, Lacey notices all the changes around her: her mom absorbs herself in work, her older brother starts drinking, her younger brother withdraws, and Lacey keeps wishing for things to be the way they were before. When Lacey realizes that others at her school are dealing with the same sort of problems, she reaches out to help them and, as a result, helps herself.

I liked how all
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After is a touching book about a teen’s life after the death of her father. Lacey is a very independent teenager; her emotions are complicated and jumbled. She’s not perfect and doesn’t act that way.
This book shows a great look at how the death of a parent changes a teenager. Lacey feels like an outcast after her father dies. She begins to take more responsibility on herself, trying to fill in for her mother, who is hardly around, and also helping others who are dealing with a similar kind of lo
Wan Yu( Stephanie)
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 11th-grade
Lacey's life was perfect, but everything changed and shattered after her father died during a car accident. Her mother put all her attention in work; her older brother drank; her younger brother will have a "family". She thought she should take the responsibility for her father's death because she believed her father won't die if she leaves the house 5 mins early or later.
"There's before. And then there's after." This line is showed clearly in the front cover of the book and it really stands
Vanessa Chen
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009-2010
The book is about a girl,Lacey, who loses her father in a car accident. Her whole school feels bad for her because of her loss and she feels that they are treating her differently because of it. She wants to act normal like any other kid but she relizes that other people in her life wont let her. They try to make her feel better and comfort her but Lacey feels thta it is just making her uncomfortable. When I put myself into Lacey's shoes, I can see and feel what she goes through in her life. I c ...more
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-2011-books
Losing someone specail to you is very difficult, it gets harder when your family refuses to to accept the fact that he or she is gone and you are forced to hold up the family and keep yourself from being too grieved. This is what the main character has to face, though out the book she refused to let anyone into her world and she always thought she could solve all the problems because she thought she was the reason why everyone was in grief, asd so she tries hard to get everyone to speak up about ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Lacey is a young girl I think around 17 when her father 38 dies to young. Lacey was there with her brother Logan and Tanner when a person under influence of drugs hit their car.

Lacey has a hard time with her grief but she doesn't show it, she just tries to be perfect and keep her family together. Her mother hides at her work, little brother Tanner hardly talks anymore and Logan drinks a lot.

The story shows that with any death of a parent, suddenly or expected grief still hits hard but every pers
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I haven't read really any young adult novels since that particular time in my life, but I was drawn to this book because it deals with the deal of a father, which is something I unfortunately am familiar with. The moment I began reading this book, I was instantly drawn to the main character, Lacey because I felt her pain and really related to so much of what she was going through even through she is only 16. I really feel that Kristin Hamel did such an amazing job at portray ...more
Catalina Sennett
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay so here is my story: My father passed away when I was 5. The thing is...I am not sorry. He was a horrible person, he killed people, and he abused my mom for 14 years, it was only a matter of time before he would kill her too. I absolutely hate when people tell me they are sorry when they find out my father died. I think the world is a better place without him in it. So in a way I couldnt really relate to the kids in this book, because they all loved their parents who passed. But, I put myse ...more
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When Lacey's father dies in a car accident she feels like it's her fault. If she didn't insist on putting on an extra coat of mascara or if she merely woke up an hour earlier then her father would still be alive and her family wouldn't be acting the way they were.

The accident has also changed the way people at school treat her. Some people even act like they are her friend just to get the attention of others. When she meets a new student named Sam, she thinks that he is diffrent, she feels und
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book really impressed me. It clearly shows readers about grief, that it looks different for everyone, people can handle it in healthy and non healthy ways, and nobody is perfect.

It compares death to divorce, which is common in grief, and shows that it's not a perfect comparison. I like that the book really starts 9 months after the death, and shows that grief is not a short season, but takes a long time to process.

I strongly encourage everyone to read this book, both people who have experie
When Lacey’s dad dies in a car accident, her once perfect family is broken. Her mother works too much trying to forget the pain, her older brother has started drinking and her younger brother barely talks. Lacey has nominated herself as the family’s caretaker and doesn’t want anyone else’s help or pity. But when she meets a cute new boy and organizes a group of kids whose parents have died, she realizes she might not be dealing with things so well after all. This is a story not only of death, bu ...more
Rachel Mercaldo
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
What impressed me most about “After” was how author Kristin Harmel did such an excellent job with her characters. While I felt that some of Lacey’s thoughts were a little small-minded at times (well, maybe once), I never once thought Kristin could have written her more believably. Instead, I saw Lacey as a real human being whose emotions had taken a roller coaster of a ride and who was, understandably, a little less open to other people’s pain. It is definitely a book I’d recommend for this reas ...more
Samantha Mccoy
This was a decent story..some of the MC's thoughts annoyed me to no end and not on my "I read this in 6 hours" list. It made me think back to when I was 15 and I lost my stepfather who has been a major part of my life for 12 years and what life was like when he was gone. Although it was one of my worst memories to date, I don't recall reacting to the whole "what happened to me is worse than whatever is going on in your life" so the transition from what happened at home did not affect my relation ...more
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful read, I finished it in about a week (and that's fast for me with all the business of school). I actually got to hear this author speak (she was a guest lecturer in one of my classes this semester), and she seemed so down-to-earth and incredibly likable, so I was curious to read her books. Now that I've finished this book, I will definitely add her other novels to my list of books to read!
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this book really pulls at your heart strings you never think that it could happen to you . that you're just going to be the lucky person who survives life without anything crazy or anything bad ever happening. after reading this book i was like. it can be anyone. like it can be me. it opens your eyes really to the world out there. and i would strongly recommend this book to other readers.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

This very easy read will be a great seller to middle school girls. Lacey's life changes forever the day her dad dies in the car accident. But not only is she trying to keep everyone in her family afloat, she is also working on students in her school in the same situation. Kristin harmel makes the characters believable and enjoyable. You will not leave this sad tale down in the dumps.
Marie Carlino
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book gives amazing insight into what it is like to lose a parent. This book deals with intense emotions... the characters are so real and likeable. Lacey's strength to help others astounded me. I really enjoyed this book.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a nice read but definitely not one of her best. The book is well formed and talks about guilt and dealing with death of a love one. As women normally do, take on the burdens of others. Not a bad read at all but smewhat a short read.
Lisa Mcbroom
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite type of book about how an action changes everything... What if Lacey had hurried to get ready for an outing with her Dad? Then he wouldn't have died in the accident. After feelings of guilt, Lacey decides to make a difference.
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Kristin Harmel is the international bestselling author of THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE, THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING, THE LIFE INTENDED, WHEN WE MEET AGAIN, and several other novels. Her latest, THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE, is coming in August 2019 from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men ...more
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