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Life After Yes

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  86 reviews
“[A] funny and a wickedly accurate picture of the life of a particular breed of Manhattanites—and it’s also thought-provoking and deeply moving.”
—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project

A young woman deals with the aftermath of her father’s death while she struggles to commit to a future with her fiancé in Life After Yes, the poignant, wry
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Although it features a cast of hot, wealthy people cavorting in and around New York City, Life After Yes is much more than your typical "chick lit" offering. For one, it isn't a fairy tale. In fact, Aidan Donnelley Rowley begins her story where many in the genre end: her protagonist Quinn has already "gotten" her Prince Charming (via his romantic proposal in Paris) and the rest of the story unfolds as a sort of Reality Ever After. In Quinn, Rowley offers us a wholly realistic protagonist whose l ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
From My Blog...[return][return][return]Deeply philosophical, sharp and witty, without a doubt Aidan Donnelley Rowley's book, Life After Yes, will be one of my top picks for the year. Reading Life After Yes is similar to spending time listening to your best friend, the one with all the wit, yet never realising they are witty, telling their story. I personally have a friend like this and I adore listening his stories so for me, Rowley's writing feels familiar and her characters quickly become frie ...more
Do you ever feel like a book comes into your life at a time when you really need it? It's like some force in the world told me that I needed to read Aidan Donnelley Rowley's book, Life After Yes, at this point in my life. The main character, Prudence (aka Quinn) recently lost her father in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has now found herself newly engaged to her man, Sage (interesting name, btw!). I felt so deeply connected to Quinn's story; I could feel her ups and downs as she tries to figure ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: twenty12
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Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
I had been looking forward to reading this book from the moment I had heard about it, and it's didn't disappoint.
I was able to relate to each character. The book brought drama, tears, smiles and laughter. This book has so many touching moments it's hard not to fall in love with it! I loved Quinn's struggles with the past, present, and future. Definitely a must read!
Aug 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to read this book, even though the description didn't grab me, because I really enjoyed one of her subsequent books, "The Ramblers." I cannot say I feel the same for this one. The protagonist is self-absorbed, selfish and terribly dull. Also, if I never read the word "prudent" again, it will be too son. I'd venture to say it's in here 100 times. I'm shocked there were any other books after this one. Wow.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Not sure about this one. I liked some things about it and didn't like others. Not sure if I would read more from the author or not. They style was ok but I did not particularly like the main character.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated-it
This book was about nothing and nothing happened. It took me forever to read it and I tried to read it twice.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book with a lot of topics to mull over about life, death, relationships, finding your other half, the role of technology and 9/11.
Yvann S
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Summary: Prudence Quinn O'Malley, the protagonist of Life After Yes, is whisked off to Paris by her boyfriend for a romantic weekend and a proposal. Back in her New York lawyer life with a sparkly diamond on her hand, she has doubts about her future, her fiancé and herself. Her father, recently killed in the September 11 attacks, is very present in her memory and she desperately wishes for his wisdom as she navigates that rocky period between the giving of one ring and the giving of a second.

Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I was given an ARC of this novel by the publisher, Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins.

Life After Yes chronicles the emotions that overwhelm Prudence Quinn O’Malley, a 27 year-old Manhattan attorney, after she accepts her boyfriend Sage’s marriage proposal. Her anxieties about what her “yes” will mean for the rest of her life are played out amidst her struggle to reconcile the loss of her father a year earlier in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way we meet her friends, o
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
After years together, he surprises you with a romantic getaway!! What are his intentions? Could this be the moment? Yes it is!! While in Paris he melts your heart with a romantic proposal!! You scream out "Yes!!" You're living in the moment. You are filled with euphoria!! Now what do you do? That's question haunting Prudence "Quinn" O'Malley in Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowley.

Quinn is a young, modern Manhattan attorney struggling in the aftermath of the death of her father on Sept. 11.
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Actually a 3.5, but the writing was too lovely to just give it 3.

I have to say, this book is COMPLETELY outside my usual genres; I'm a follower of the author's blog, and mostly picked it up in support of her. In general, I find this genre (dramatic contemporary fiction) to have a much more pessimistic view of reality than I am generally willing to take (I'm a realist with optimistic leanings, and PMS aside, I don't like to focus on the negative).

I love her writing style. There are passages when
Every now and then, a novel like Aidan Donnelley Rowley’s Life After Yes finds its way into my life, and it’s moments when I’m reading a book like this — where I feel like my own face is reflected back at me — that I experience what I can only call literary magic.

Maybe it’s that Quinn is a mere two years older than me, grappling with mortality and love and “prudence,” with safety. Maybe it’s that the book is set and firmly ensconced in New York City — and I started it on the train ride back from
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011books
[Book: Life After Yes] is a novel full of deeply philosophical anologies and life lessons. Although its cover and summary scream "Chick Lit", the subplots dig much deeper to make the reader analyze not just the main character, but themselves.

[Author: Aidan Donnelley Rowley] does a beautiful and seamless job of interweaving profound moments into creating a wonderful plot line. The main character, Quinn, whose first name is truly Prudence, finds herself post 9/11 trying to understand the untimely
Colleen Turner
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Life After Yes is smart, literary chic-lit with all the right components: witty, imperfect characters, a dynamic backdrop and emotions that run the gammit. Anyone who reads this will find some of themselves in between the pages, whether that is good or bad. You cannot help but love the characters with all their flaws because they are all of us, living and surviving as best they can.

Prudence Quinn O'Malley is a smart, slightly self-absorbed Upper Westsider who works as a lawyer and drinks for a h
There are some books that are important because of what they have to say. There are others that are important because of how they make one feel. While it would be easy to classify Life After Yes as a book that is meant to teach readers a bit about life and becoming an adult, the true import of it lies in its emotional pull. For, it is the type of book that is easily forgotten a day or two after finishing it but it is the emotions felt while reading it that are the only thing to linger. Readers m ...more
Lydia Laceby
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

Rated 3.5 Star

Life After Yes is a smart read about love, family, grief and understanding that was well written, poignant and amusing at times. I appreciated some of the laugh out loud moments amidst the uncertainty and grief Quinn was dealing with and thought her father's death in the 9/11 attacks was handled well and wasn't overly depressing. This novel held many insights into love and imperfect relationships, but unfortunately I just didn't find myself conne
Danielle Morgan
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Let me start off by saying that I have been reading Aidan's blog,, for about a year. She has been bookmarked from day one and I anticipate her daily blog post's, well not daily, but M-F. I have always enjoyed her posts, but they are only a couple hundred words and the topics differ. I knew she had written a book and no matter what, I was going to read it, but these days it seems that anyone and everyone is a "blogger," so expecting the world from a virgin no ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I would give this 3 stars had I not read "the ramblers" by this author. In comparison, this effort pales by a large margin to the author's more recent novel. I loved "the ramblers" SO much, and because of that, was even more sorely disappointed by this book. "Life after yes" centers around a young lawyer in New York awaiting her pending nuptials. And the choice of the word "centers" is deliberate in that this main character was very self-centered, self-serving and at the same time, self-unaware. ...more
Romancing the Book
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Angie
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I’ll be honest – I chose to read this book based solely on the Carrie Bradshaw-esque model wearing an absolutely exquisite wedding dress; the story was just a bonus.

All of the characters in this book are overachievers, overly well off, and overly cliched, but don’t let that deter you from this book – Ms. Rowley really knows how to suck you right in and make you stay up until all hours wonderin
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is like a hug. I've been wanting to read it for a long time; I've got a hard copy waiting in my library back in Scotland but bought the e-book last week. So glad I did.

I finished this last night and couldn't get to sleep. I kept thinking about Quinn, the narrator, and how I slid back and forth from loving her to loathing her every few pages. She's a textbook flawed narrator, but she's not unreliable; indeed, I felt in safe hands throughout. Quinn's story is multifaceted, which Rowley h
Martha Davis
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I started this book a little ambivalent. I thought it was going to be another Chick-lit/"Sex in the City" clone with New York girls perpetually dissatisfied with the mostly perfect lives.

Well, it was and it wasn't. Quinn/Prudence, our heroine is leads a somewhat "only in books" like. Great job, perfect boyfriend, great New York apartment, and no money worries what so ever. So, what's she got to complain about, right?

First off, she lost her beloved father in 9/11. A plot device which could have
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
What happens the day after the wedding? Aidan Donnelley Rowley tries to answer that question in her debut novel,Life After Yes.
While everything around Quinn seems to be perfect, inside she is still struggling with the recent death of her father on September 11, 2001. As a New Yorker, she has been touched both as a daughter and an individual, and the impact of those events have left her questioning every decision she's ever made.
Quinn's an associate in a great law firm, starting to realize that t
Laura de Leon
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, review-copy
I was fascinated by this hard working, hard drinking young woman, who was far more obsessed with looking good on her wedding day than she was with her groom.

Quinn's groom was a sweet mama's boy, but the book wasn't really about him. I had trouble keeping Quinn's friends straight, but the book wasn't about them either. All the supporting characters (her family, her coworkers, her personal trainer/therapist) were fun and worked well enough.

The odd thing about this book was that I kept thinking tha
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
What did I think? I think you should read this book. I expected it to be typical "chick lit" and it was not. It will make you think, sometimes it will make you laugh because it's so real. This debut author is truly talented. "Life After Yes" has vividly drawn, real-world characters. Set in NYC shortly after 9/11 - it is the first novel in quite some time, that has made me think about what happiness really is, and how do we know when we've found it. Quinn, a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, has ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, chick-lit, fiction
I had found this book through a recommend on a book blog. It tells the story of Quinn, a woman in her late 20s, who gets engaged to a wonderful man but then gets cold feet. The shadow of her dad who was killed in the WTC attacks in 2001 hangs over her still (the book takes place a year after 9/11). Quinn isn't sure how to feel about her impending marriage. Is Sage right for her? What will happen to her blossoming lawyer career.

It sounds like a real chick-lit-ish book, no? While I do dabble in fl
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can't believe I finished this book. Took me forever, I had no desire to pick it up. Moral of the novel: Relationships take work. Yes. But this book kept me thinking for 80% of it, it's not worth it, move on, you are not meant to be together. Hard to read- just went no where, and didn't care. There was a great scene of the 1st anniversary of 9/11. Of course brings tears to your eyes, evokes emotion and wonderfully written. I stuck with the book because frankly (SPOILER) I love weddings. Last ch ...more
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Witty, smart, and beautifully written, Life After Yes is a book that brings you back to a time in your life when you were struggling to define who you are. Quinn, the main character, takes you with her on her journey to discovering who she is, mistakes, flaws and all. You will cheer for her, yell at her, and in the end, hope that maybe things will turn out alright. That she'll find happiness, however fleeting and in the moment, in her life. In fact, I think that's what we are all searching for.

Apr 26, 2011 rated it liked it
"Life After Yes" is a beautiful book full of love and heartbreak, betrayal and surprise. Basically, it is about real-life and I enjoyed it. The author, Aidan Donnelley Rowley, has a way with words and despite the book being fairly long I went through it in a flash.

So why only 4 stars? Well my main problem with this book was the unlikability of the main character. While I appreciated the realistic nature of Quinn, I didn't not appreciate that she had far too many flaws and very few redeeming qual
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