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After the Fall Hardcover – January 24, 2017
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"In her remarkably crafted and unforgettable debut, Kate Hart proves herself a force to be reckoned with. AFTER THE FALL is a beautiful and brutal exploration of love, feminism, consent and identity; of who we are, who we think we are--and who we have the potential to be. Everyone should read this book."
- Courtney Summers, author of All the Rage and This is Not a Test
"In AFTER THE FALL, Kate Hart will give words to girls who need them, and open the eyes of boys who need them, too."
"Achingly real characters navigate the complexities of their everyday lives in AFTER THE FALL, an honest tale about love, lust, friendship, and the lines in between."
"In her gorgeous and unflinching debut, Hart brilliantly unwinds the many facets of consent and entitlement, and the tragic ways these dynamics can play out, even among friends. Both heartbreaking and heartbreakingly relevant, AFTER THE FALL is a must-read."
"Raychel's interactions with Carson raise important questions about what it means to consent to sexual activity..."―Kirkus
"Thought-provoking moments regarding such issues as female sexuality, racial microaggressions, and class differences add depth to the characters. Recommend to fans of character-driven novels such as Sara Zarr’s How to Save a Life (2011) or Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places (2015)."―Booklist
"... Hart does a good job of handling her ambitious plot...Like Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Courtney Summers’s All the Rage, this is an important novel for teens and adults to discuss together." ―School Library Journal
"This memorable debut novel is told in the alternating perspectives of Raychel and Matt. Both characters are very well portrayed as complex characters with strengths and weaknesses. The supporting cast is also well developed, with most characters avoiding the trap of falling into mere stereotypes...This would be an excellent addition to most high school libraries." ―VOYA starred review
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This book does an amazing job of touching on the finer points of consent. I think our society readily accepts a stranger assaulting someone as rape, but what if it's someone you know? What if you've had a drink? What if you said yes, but now you're getting creeped out and you need to stop but they don't listen? I really think this could be such an important book for teens and young adults to read.
Kate Hard is a fantastic writer and I eagerly await what is next for her.
AFTER THE FALL is a must-read. It is a nuanced look at how our own experiences and ingrained societal expectations impact our relationships. Above all, it is an indictment against rape culture.
ONE WORD: Subtle
What is consent? No means no. Might no also mean keep asking? Do guys need the words yes to mean yes? Do they need to ask? Do they need to ask before a kiss? Can you say no after saying yes? Do you have the right to change your mind? What if you're drunk? What is rape?
Raychel has a reputation for hooking up with random guys, and reputations are always true. At least that's what every boy in AFTER THE FALL believes. People talk, but no one asks her what's true. Her best friend Matt loves her, though he hasn't told her. Raychel is secretly seeing his brother Andrew. The two are planning to tell Matt. Soon.
Told in Raychel's and Matt's points of view in alternating chapters, AFTER THE FALL asks a lot of questions about consent, also touching on social/economic class, poverty, family and friendship. Kate Hart does a wonderful job introducing many layers and types of consent and respect without lecturing or hitting readers over the head or sounding preachy. As Raychel gains insight into her power as a young woman and her rights to body autonomy, readers also think about communicating feelings, expectations and boundaries.
AFTER THE FALL is primarily Raychel's story. Matt's story is in relationship to hers and Andrew's. The characters are multilayered, diverse and realistic, including the adults.
Both Raychel's and Matt's chapters has the same flat voice. I sometimes forgot whose I was reading. The writing was fine, not spectacular, nothing cringeworthy. Pacing felt a bit slow, though I was always interested in the plot.
AFTER THE FALL is an important read for young women and men. It would be great for a high school English class. I recommend Hart's debut novel for everyone.
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