The After Girls by Leah Konen


Ella, Astrid, and Sydney were planning the perfect summer after high school graduation. But when Astrid commits suicide in a lonely cabin, the other girls' worlds are shattered. How could their best friend have done this--to herself and to them? They knew everything about Astrid. Shouldn't they have seen this coming? Couldn't they have saved her?

As Ella hunts for the truth, and Sydney tries to dull the pain, a chilling message from Astrid leaves them wondering whether their beloved friend is communicating from the after life. The girls embark on a journey to uncover Astrid's dark secrets. The answers to those questions--questions they never dreamed of asking--will change their lives forever.

At first I thought this would end up being a book about a friends suicide and very shallow teenage feelings dealing with it, but I ended up being very enchanted with the entire thing.

This is not a feel good book. It is about three girls who are best friends. we follow two of these girls when their best friend takes her own life. With each girl we see how they deal with it differently. How their questions and what they need to grieve and accept it are all varying. One just needs to know why and if she could have stopped it. The other also needs to why, but then she takes it to a whole other level. 

The build up is a little slow, but I love when it all starts to click and the suspense reaches an all time high in the book. I was hooked and had to find out what was going to happen and to see how it all played out.

This is also not a romance book. There is a little bit here and there, but it is more about how relationships change, and the growth and acceptance of the two girls, Sydney and Ella. 

I thought this was a good book. It is sad at times, it leaves you creeped a little at times, and shows you a glimpse at the dealing of loved ones when they deal with a suicide. It you can handle a book that is not a happily ever after. Check this one out.  


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