Jennifer Castle’s debut is breathtaking and spot on true. Laurel’s problems and obstacles are relatable from page one, and she responds to every problem in character and with understandable uncertainty.

I loved Laurel the minute she was introduced. Her feelings and thoughts rang so true to me, even though I’ve never had to experience what she had to, I could still nod my head and whisper, “yes, yes, yes,” frequently. The plot line let Laurel grow and make the necessarily realizations that were required for the story to move.

One thing I absolutely love about this book: It spans over a year. 432 pages for one year. Jennifer Castle passes the months quickly, but they’re believable and you never feel like you missed a piece. It was fast paced and never lagged. You got to experience every part of the year and how it was for Laurel without her parents and brother which was a necessary piece.

Castle has built a beautiful story of a girl’s story that rings to true for everyone – whether or not they’re lost their family. Be ready to be starstruck by the words of Laurel.

— Willa, age 14

About the Book:
Title: The Beginning of After
Author: Jennifer Castle
Release Date: 09/2011

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