Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Review - The After Girls

Book review: The After Girls
Author: Leah Konen

Three teenage girlfriends, Ella, Astrid and Sydney, are always together, are always there for each other....always!  Or so they thought.  A terrible tragedy breaks that bond when Astrid commits suicide. Her friends are blindsided by her action, stunned and riddled with guilt. A paralyzing confusion and a loss of motivation overwhelms them, and they become unable to move on with their own lives after Astrid’s death. Then, a supernatural happening enables them to find out why Astrid would commit an act that is so desperate and final. 

The story exposes the raw, deep pain of losing a best friend, and the unbearable struggle when left behind. The pain that the girls experience as they try to get their lives back on track amidst the grief and sorrow is a prominent theme in this book. Some life lessons that can be gleaned from the storyline are: first, all life is temporary.  Second, we must learn to celebrate our friendships as a special gift given to us for a season.  Third, we must dwell on the love, laughter and special memories that are created by having that friend in our life.  Finally, fourth, life is very, very precious and once it is can never retrieve it.  

This is a well-written and thought-provoking book.  I am sure you will enjoy the read. 

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