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After You
After You
Author: Julie Buxbaum
The complexities of a friendship. The unexplored doubts of a marriage. And the redemptive power of literature .. — Julie Buxbaum, the acclaimed author of The Opposite of Love, delivers a haunting, gloriously written novel about love, family, and the secrets we hide from each other and ourselves. — It happened on a tree-lined street...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385341257
ISBN-10: 0385341253
Publication Date: 6/22/2010
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 15
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Helpful Score: 2
Beautiful story about love, friendship, motherhood, and loss. Quick and easy read but still powerful!
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Helpful Score: 1
I LOVED this book. It was a quick enjoyable read. I also loved the author's stye and voice. Can't wait to read more of her work.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book. After You by Julie Buxbaum is really the story of Lucy, Ellie and Sophie. Lucy and Ellie were life-long best friends, but Lucy is murdered by a mugger while walking her daughter to school one day and her best friend Ellie drops everything, leaves Boston, and goes to London to take care of he goddaughter Sophie following Lucy's death.

Lucy's husband, Greg, Sophie and Ellie all live under the same roof while dealing with their grief over the loss of Lucy in their own ways. Sophie stops talking for a while and Ellie just knows she cannot leave Sophie to go home. They start reading The Secret Garden together at night and it seems to help both of them.

Ellie then discovers things about Lucy that she never knew and her marriage starts falling apart when she refuses to go home to her husband.

I don't want to give away too much but this book covers a lot of issues from losing a mother, child, wife, husband to discovering secrets you never knew your best friend had. I fell in love with the characters and appreciated that the author didn't just wrap everything up in a nice little bow or take the predicted path with the story.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars! Highly recommended!
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Cute story line but a bit unbelievable. In general I do think something similar happens to a lot of people who get married, but specific things in the book are a little out there. Most people aren't related to or work with famous people so the characters of this book are a little unbelievable, but in general the "average" married couple could easily fall victim to what happens in this book. I would give it 4 stars out of 5.
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This was an amazing book. Julie Buxbaum is a wonderful writer and I truly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The subject of this book is thought provoking and makes you wonder what you might do if you were ever put in this type of situation. It is realistic and very well written. I highly recommend it.