Friday, July 5, 2013

REVIEW: After Tuesday by Renee Ericson

Family really is a pain…especially when your father is an addict.

For the last two years, high school senior Ruby has been her own rock and solace. She has learned to depend only on herself and hides her family's issues by keeping herself somewhat unnoticeable. Despite her isolation, Ruby has intrigued the affections of someone unexpected. She finds herself loving life once again as his persistence sparks a romance awakening a well-protected heart. 

While Ruby’s relationship with her father is constantly teetering, her new-found affection continues to blossom into something more than she ever thought possible. Soon, Ruby comes to realize that opening up your heart means being susceptible to love and disappointment.

Young Adult - Teen

*Suitable for ages 14+

**This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

***Book One in the These Days COMPANION series. Can be read as a stand alone novel.

Wow! I had this on my TBR list for a little bit before I got to read it and my only regret was that I didn’t read it sooner! It was spectacular! For those that enjoy YA reads, you do NOT want to miss this one!

Right off the bat, you connect with the characters. You go back to the days of high school when you were absolutely giddy over boys and giggled ridiculously about them. But then the book progresses and your heart hurts for Ruby. You want to be happy with her and for her, but your heart just hurts for what she is enduring at home.
There were so many issues throughout this book that Ruby had to overcome. At times, I really wanted to shake her and tell her to just open up. Let Lexi & Brent in on what was going on in her life!  But she didn’t and I kind of understand why she didn’t. Teenagers aren’t known for making the ‘right’ choice, so it was definitely realistic. That fact right there really worked well for this story – the author didn’t make the characters make the best or the right choice every time. It was true to the age group of the characters.
I’m not going to lie, I definitely cried during this one! But I laughed, too. I might have also held my breath at times. And at the end, I was all put back together. The writing was smooth and held a very conversational tone. I appreciated how well the story was written andI stayed up WAY later than I typically do just so I could finish this story!

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