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The After Girls by [Konen, Leah]
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Ella and Sydney struggle to redefine their friendship after Astrid’s suicide, just days after their high-school graduation. Each struggles to understand how someone they thought they knew could have been in such distress, and wonder what they could have done to prevent it. Ella, who discovered Astrid in the cabin near their Appalachian home, is haunted. Believing that Astrid is sending signals, Ella grows distant from her steadfast boyfriend, instead drawing close to Astrid’s older cousin. Meanwhile, Sydney increases her drinking and dallies with a deadbeat bandmate. As they seek peace, they begin to see how little they knew Astrid or her fun-loving mother, Grace. Though the ghostly message angle is somewhat distracting from the reality of grief, depression, and mental illness, readers will understand Ella’s behavior in the face of such a loss. These are sympathetic, flawed teen characters, though most adults exist only as plot movers. This is a sensitive look at the wake of a friend’s suicide, infused with genuine emotion, hope, and just enough well-placed romance. Grades 8-11. --Heather Booth

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"Ella and Sydney struggle to redefine their friendship after Astrid’s suicide, just days after their high-school graduation. Each struggles to understand how someone they thought they knew could have been in such distress, and wonder what they could have done to prevent it. Ella, who discovered Astrid in the cabin near their Appalachian home, is haunted. Believing that Astrid is sending signals, Ella grows distant from her steadfast boyfriend, instead drawing close to Astrid’s older cousin. Meanwhile, Sydney increases her drinking and dallies with a deadbeat bandmate. As they seek peace, they begin to see how little they knew Astrid or her fun-loving mother, Grace. Though the ghostly message angle is somewhat distracting from the reality of grief, depression, and mental illness, readers will understand Ella’s behavior in the face of such a loss. These are sympathetic, flawed teen characters, though most adults exist only as plot movers. This is a sensitive look at the wake of a friend’s suicide, infused with genuine emotion, hope, and just enough well-placed romance." --Booklist


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  • File Size: 1330 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Press (March 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1N2YSA
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High School is a tumultuous time for most kids. It is often marked with extreme highs and extreme lows. Most teen escape relatively unscathed but some choose to make a terrible choice and end their lives. These individuals leave a huge hole and plenty of questions. One of the most painful things about a friend or family member's suicide is the guilt that those who are left behind are often faced with. The After Girls is the story of two girls who spend the last summer of high school mourning their best friends tragic death while trying to piece together what happened and deal with their own guilt. It deftly explores the grieving processes and pain of those left behind in a way that is both suspenseful and moving.

I'm not going to do my review the way I usually do because my feelings about this book can't be explained with bulleted lists or snarky comments. Like many people I'm all too familiar with suicide. Especially when I was in high school, it felt like an ever present shadow at my school. My junior year two of my classmates took there own lives within a couple of weeks of each other. One of the girls sat next to me in English, the other was a friend. To protect her identity I'm going to refer to her as Beth. Beth and I were not close friends. We had some classes together and we were both in drama club. We hung out rarely but we bonded at the beginning of Junior year over our mutual distaste for a certain girl in our Theater Arts class. I was in a bad place, I was dealing with the normal hormonal teenage angst as well as some family issues at the time and I wasn't myself. After a long talk with Beth one day, she turned to me and said "you have a lot to live for, you know". I don't know why, but those few words made a huge impact on me.
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Ella, Astrid and Sydney are best friends who thought they knew everything about each other until Astrid takes her own life. Ella is consumed by trying to figure out why while Sydney tries to drink and party her way out of grief. This is not a cliche story. It is set in a small town in North Carolina where the Blue Ridge Mountains are the backdrop for this coming of age story. Tragedy is often harder on those left behind and the end of high school makes all kinds of changes in our lives. This beautifully written gem was a kindle find. I love coming across books I might not have saw and finding a keeper.
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Ella, Astrid and Sydney are best of friends. They think they know everything there is to know about one another until Astrid commits suicide. Ella and Sydney are left wondering what they could have done to help their friend. While Sydney drowns her sorrows in alcohol, parties and her band. Ella is consumed with trying to figure out why Astrid could have done this.

The novel is a look into friendship and grief. I think the author did a great job of portraying grief and how everyone deals with their grief differently. Although I have read reviews comparing the book to Pretty Little Liars, the book could not be farther from that series. Although there is a twist in the book that adds a little mystery to the story, the story is far from a Pretty Little Liar's tale.

The book will grab you from the beginning and keep you involved until the very last word.
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This book starts out where Ella and Sydney are trying to make sense of Astrid's suicide. At this point it's only been a few days since Astrid was found having committed suicide. Ella tries to find out if there were clues her and Sydney were oblivious to that would explain taking her own life.

Sydney wants to forget what happened and finds that easier said then done. She finds her relationship with Ella shaky as Ella discovered Astrid and Sydney wasn't there when that happened.

Ella also meets Jake Astrid's cousin who works now for Grace Astrid's mom at her coffee shop for the summer while Grace tries to move on from the death of her daughter. Ella and Jake seem to form a relationship based on things about Astrid.

This book was incredible in the dedication Ella had with Astrid and trying to find out why she did what she did. It also shows the girls growing up over that same summer and how some families never show their true colors. Definitely a great book for young adults to learn that sometimes you have a greater impact on loved ones than you think you do.

Thank you to Merit Press for sharing such a great story with me! Can't wait to see what Ms. Konen comes up with next!
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A story that certainly captures your heart. Keeps you engaged and one wishes to know a little more about the one friend who dies. The book tells us about what happens after someone close decides to end his/her life. The writer definitely knows the plot and how to take the story forward. In all a good read and worth the time.
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By dmd2005 on August 23, 2013
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This was a good read. I did find it a little difficult to keep the two main characters straight at times. I've never read pretty little liars and I've only seen an episode here and there, so I can't comment on the possible similarities. I thought it was well written, sad, exciting and hopeful! Worth the read!
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