Waiting on Wednesday (36) - The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 6, 2011

Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new world in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all, there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss, a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways. 

Fans of emotionally true and heartfelt novels, such as Lauren Oliver’s BEFORE I FALL and IF I STAY by Gayle Forman, will fall in love with Jennifer Castle’s incandescent debut novel…a heart wrenching, surprisingly witty testament to how drastically life can change in the span of a single moment.

Am I the only one who already grew a bit teary-eyed just reading the plot summary? I love the sound of this debut contemporary novel from the way it will be tackling grief and the loss of loved ones... to the conflicted romance aspect. And drawing comparisons to Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver?... Wow! The cover is absolutely gorgeous too!! I love the soft, muted colours and the way the girl just stares ahead, looking sort of vulnerable and like she's thinking about everything that's happened to her...

Anyways, I know the book won't be out for awhile (September seems SO far away), but I couldn't resist sharing it!

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  1. I just heard about this book the other day and it does sound like an interesting read. I'm not crazy about the cover though :(

  2. I've seen this a few times today. So pretty!

  3. This sounds so sad, I thought about adding it to my list.

    My WOW

  4. I really like the cover of this one - the reddish light gives it a beautiful tint and all of the colours work really well together.

  5. I have this as my WoW too! Great minds think alike! :D Haha, I'm way way excited for this ;)

  6. This sounds like a great read! :D

  7. Alex- Whaaaaa? *sputters* You don't like the cover?? Now way! It's so pretty! I hope it grows on you, but yes, the plot sounds soooo good!! :)

  8. I've seen this book around but it never really hooked me. I cry very easily so emotional/sad books are always very tiring for me to read.

  9. I absolutely love this book! I finished it yesterday & its my new favorite. I could not put it down for anything!