The very first ARC book I got to review from an author was After The Fall by Kate Hart. So, huge thank you for sending me your book to read and review- regardless of my followers at the time!
When I started reading After The Fall by Kate Hart, I’m not sure what my expectations were exactly. I’d never read an ARC before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I mean, I understand that it is a book, but it’s definitely a different “feeling” when you read a book before the rest of the world.
The book is definitely an emotional book. The synopsis of the book is a correct representation of the book, however it’s not in the way you would originally think.
Kate Hart’s writing style is great. If I don’t like the writing style of the book, it makes it difficult to read. Not difficult to read in the literal way, but difficult to enjoy. Her point of views in the story add a way to understand the characters better from different perspectives.
Without mentioning any spoilers:
Raychel has an incident occur, which leads her to an overload of confused emotions. It’s sad, raw, and angering.
The brothers in the story deal with their own secrets, which eventually lead to consequences.
Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing.
But Raychel doesn’t want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother.
The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.
I like the fact that this book has more of an honest viewpoint compared to most books. It’s not a cushy, happy-all-the-time, love story. Instead, it’s more “real”. The ending isn’t a happy, all binding, farewell, where everything is okay and figured out perfectly. Because at seventeen nobody has everything in their life figured out perfectly, I’m sure a lot of grown adults don’t even have everything figured out.
All in all, I’d give this book four out of five stars.
It was interesting, and there wasn’t ever really a boring part to the book.
The book kept you thinking about it, even after you’ve finished it.
After The Fall by Kate Hart comes out January 24th!
-The Girl In The Red Lipstick-