Review of In the After by Elisa Dane

In the AfterIn the After by Elisa Dane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I went into this book expecting something powerful, and that’s exactly what I got. This is something I think everyone should read, especially high school students who deal with this kind of stuff every day. Sadie not only suffers from the trauma of witnessing her mother’s murder, she’s now stuck in the popular group at her high school-the AEs. The author does a wonderful job of pushing Sadie into a corner that many teens feel every day in school. The popular group sucks to be in, but it’s even worse to be outside of it. So Sadie must truck on day to day, watching the AEs torment people they’ve deemed “lesser”, dorks, losers, etc.

The heartbreaking aspects of this story are made worse when you realize this kind of stuff happens every day in real life. To make things worse, Sadie soon meets Hayden, and they could have something special if he wasn’t part of the outsider group that she’s not allowed to associate with. I absolutely LOVED the part where Sadie meets Hayden. I love how he stuck to his morals and didn’t fall for her immediately. Honestly, that’s how you know he’s a good guy. So the love interest was spot on for me, and I felt like it grew organically and realistically. Plus, Hayden is super hot, so bonus. I loved the romance scenes-definitely swoon worthy.

This book also deals with a school shooting, which I knew going into it, but DAMN if I wasn’t completely blown away by how powerful, tragic, horrifying, that scene was. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire last part of the book, feeling like I was watching a movie instead of reading. This author has a beautiful writing style that really pulls you in.

This was a powerful, heart-wrenching story, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need to read to remind us that life is precious, we are all humans, and we should treat each other well.

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