The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
* Published by: HarperTeen (US)
* Format: Hardcover (US)
* Release Date: September 6th, 2011 (US)
* On Amazon: here
Summary from Amazon.com:
Anyone who’s had something truly crappy happen to them will tell you: It’s all about Before and After. What I’m talking about here is the ka-pow, shake-you-to-your-core-and-turn-your-bones-to-plastic kind of crappy.
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 reality 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.
Jennifer Castle’s debut novel is a heart-wrenching, surprisingly witty testament to how drastically life can change in the span of a single moment.
I've had this pre-ordered for what seems like ages. I've been looking forward to it ever since I first saw it show up on some blogs, and I've heard some very good things from said bloggers and Goodreads. I've been enjoying YA contemporary lately and this seems like a good one to add to the list, plus the cover is beautiful! The above summary made me think of Gayle Forman's If I Stay, which also sees a car crash and the loss of family. I hope this book is just as good.