Monday, September 6, 2010
Review - After You by Julie Buxbaum
From Amazon - Book Description
The complexities of a friendship. The unexplored doubts of a marriage. And the redemptive power of literature... Julie Buxbaum, the acclaimed author of The Opposite of Love, delivers a haunting, gloriously written novel about love, family, and the secrets we hide from each other--and ourselves.
This was such a beautiful real story. The characters were done so wonderfully you felt like you were a part of the family. I laughed, cried, had tender sad times, just an amazing emotional book. It is like the best Lifetime movie turned book you have ever read.
The writing style is just perfection, I have never felt like I am in a book and know the characters, I enjoyed all of them, even with their not so likeable characteristics. And I loved that it was the American girl in an English household, the little differences made me smile.
When Ellie gets locked up, I haven't laughed so much, you know the moment you don't know if you want to cry or laugh, it was like that, I'm giggling now even at the thought.
Anyone that has dealt with grief, loss of a child, parent, best friend should read this, it was a magical story. And the use of the book The Secret Garden was touching, I am putting that on my TBR list when my daughter is older.
I am quietly wow'd by this story, I can't explain it really. i think I will remember these characters for a long time. I would recommend this to all fans of Women's Fiction.
I give this 4 1/2 Great to the last Drop