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After the Fall is an indescribably and immensely powerful book. If there is one book you read in it should be this one. This book doesn't just touch upon tough subjects, it surrounds us with these issues and makes us face them even when we wish to stay ignorant and enterta It's been about 20 hours since I finished this book. This book doesn't just touch upon tough subjects, it surrounds us with these issues and makes us face them even when we wish to stay ignorant and entertained by what we read.
But Kate Hart knows better, she confronts us with the problems in such a way that it really settles within us, it makes us squirm and think about our own actions and choices and the people in our lives. In After the Fall , Raychel has a lot on her plate. An assault from a classmate, the threat of eviction, and her dwindling changes of escaping her hometown for college. Not to mention her two very different relationships with brothers.
Perfect Matthew Richardson, her best friend since youth, and his slacker brother Andrew, her secret love interest. Raychel's life is messy and difficult and her assault weighs on her mind and health. When people in school spread rumors very loosely based on what they thought was true, Kate Hart does a great job speaking to the ideas of reputation and rumors. The inequality and double-standard between men and women. The definition of assault and how the victim blames herself and tries to rationalize while the perpetrator thinks he did nothing wrong. Everything was tastefully done, and Kate captures Raychel's emotions and thoughts perfectly.
Raychel's relationships are another huge part of this book. Most of her friend group is a year older than she and Matthew are, so they are all off at college while she and Matthew finish their final year of high school. Kate explores the meaning of friendship and Raychel's complex relationships with her friends, Matthew, Andrew, Mr. Richardson, and Raychel's mother. The romance in this book was cute and sweet and really resonated within. Raychel found someone who wouldn't judge her and tried to understand and if all else failed he was just always there to comfort her.
Raychel's friendship with Matthew really sucked me in and held my attention throughout. This book has a huge twist, and I urge you not to spoil yourself. It's gut-wrenching and gives this book a poignant tone. Kate Hart is an amazing writer. She manages to find the perfect words to describe literally everything that Raychel and Matthew feel. She makes us feel anguish and regret, sadness and longing, happiness and joy. She seamlessly weaves in such powerful elements and themes in a way that don't seem preachy but rather so natural and effortless.
Nothing felt forced, but Kate Hart makes you understand and learn. Although I really loved this book, the last third of the book lagged for me. An overwhelming sadness overtook me, so you've been warned. I might've sobbed for a good twenty minutes after finishing this book. If you guessed I'm crying as I write this review you'd be correct. Because this book is just so emotional and well done.
Kate Hart basically smashed my heart into a million pieces with the ending of the book. She slowly starts to mend it by the last page. The end is by no means perfect which I love. I loved basically everything about After the Fall. I urge you to read this book. I think you'll appreciate it. View 1 comment. May 19, Allison rated it it was amazing. You know those books where you read the first half and then you cry for ten minutes, and then you have to take a break until the next day? But then the next day you decide you can't keep reading first thing in the morning because you're still sad so you take yourself for a new haircut, new shoes, and a pedicure?
THEN when your emotions are tricked back into submission, you feel like you're safe to read the second half of the book? I'm just still This is a real You know those books where you read the first half and then you cry for ten minutes, and then you have to take a break until the next day? This is a really heart-wrenching book in many ways.
First and foremost in regards to Raychel's assault and her reactions to it and confusion over it and I just want to wrap her in a hug and make her hot cocoa and hang out with her and Asha and tell her things are shit but also that things will be ok. Sad crying, angry crying, frustrated crying. I wanna rant about some stuff but it's all spoilers and even with the "hide spoilers" option I'd feel terrible posting them where they could be accidentally found.
This book made me so mad and I wish I could tell you all the reasons why. But I will tell you some of the reasons. Reason A-- Raychel. As soon as I saw that this Rachel spelled her name with a "Y" I knew she was going to be annoying. And I was right. She was all up in her own head-- trying to make the reader think she "didn't want to stand out", but she was constantly playing the victim and waiting for Matt or Andrew to come save her.
There is a sexual assault part to This book made me so mad and I wish I could tell you all the reasons why. There is a sexual assault part to this book, and I'm certainly not referring to that when I say she wanted to be saved. It was all these other dumb things-- like constantly hurting her ankle and getting too drunk to walk and needing them to carry her and such that IRKed me.
Reason B-- Matt. Oh my god could this boy get any more pathetic? There was nothing I liked about him. Not only was he a uptight goody-goody, but there was a storyline where he was like trying to be better about being respectful to women-- but then he didn't change anything in the end, so I don't really know what the point of all of it was except to make me think he was a bigger DOUCHE than I already thought he was.
The spoilery thing I can't tell you about. I found it so unnecessary and all it did for me was take the only part of the book I liked and set it on fire. So I guess this looks like I didn't like the book. I liked it enough to not want to stop reading it.
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I know for sure this is a book that won't soon leave my mind because UGHHHH the spoilery things that happen are so infuriating!!! I also enjoyed some of the tough conversations that the characters had about consent, treating people with respect, and it being okay to be sex positive but also okay to say no when you want to. There's an event that takes place and things change so drastically that I'm not sure I wanted so much story after it took place. But I didn't scream, I was calm, and all was well. I'm going to go ahead and recommend this because I do think it's worth reading.
It's not boring, and I can see where some people might like the big emotional "twist". I think it's worth trying if you like Contemporary. My Blog View all 3 comments. Jul 31, Kelly added it Shelves: read-in , ya-fiction. Dec 08, Kelli Spear rated it it was amazing. It's very rare for me to be blindsided by the emotional range and depth of a book. But After the Fall did just that. After reading the synopsis, I expected a love triangle and I got that.
I also got so much more. Raychel is poor. She wants to get out of the town she's grown up in, but everything that could go wrong seems to do so. Matt is the opposite. He leads a charmed life and is almost guaranteed to be heading to Duke next year. They've been best friends forever. Matt, however, wants more. H It's very rare for me to be blindsided by the emotional range and depth of a book. He just doesn't know how to say it. Then there's his younger brother, Andrew. He's the opposite of Matt in almost every way.
Not so serious, a bit of a slacker. Together, the three of them comprise a sort of Musketeers gang. Initially, we see Raychel dealing with the after effects of a hookup gone wrong. She's questioning herself and what had happened. No one else knows and her struggle carries over into her friendships.
Matt knows something is wrong, but doesn't know how to get it out of her. As things begin to fall apart further, Raychel finds solace in an unlikely source—Andrew. After the Fall is told from two points of view: Raychel and Matt. I felt this was absolutely crucial to the story considering each character's differing feelings. What one thinks the other doesn't realize.
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I completely understood her frustration with Matt, but once his perspective came into play, it helped paint him into a better light. I did have issues with Matt as a character. He was very opinionated and judgmental. Times when he thought he was being helpful tended to make situations worse. And I'm not saying Raychel was perfect.
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Not even close. But her station in life was the polar opposite of his, and he had a hard time seeing that. Andrew was absolutely my favorite character. He had a goofy charm and charisma. Where Matt tried to be serious and pressure Raychel into making choices that wouldn't work for her, Andrew just listened and offered comfort.
He let her be her. This story is invaluable. It broaches many subjects, and consent is probably the most important. I felt feminist vibes nearly every time Raychel spoke. It's important for young women to read so they don't take the blame for something that was someone else's fault. But beware. This is by no means an easy read.
The last half is emotionally gripping. My heart was in a vise. But it's REAL. That's what I appreciated most. Because life isn't always like the movies.
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Jan 26, Mary H rated it really liked it. A copy of After the Fall was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the contents of my review in any way. This book was very unexpected. A good unexpected, but unexpected all the same. But we'll get there in a second. First of all, the summary is pretty dang misleading.
I don't like the "she's sleeping with two boys" because really, Raychel doesn't sleep with either Matt or Andrew in either sense on a regular basis. She is, however, a girl who is comfortable with her body and her sexuality and owns it, and I so appreciate that. Raychel is smart and works hard, both in school and at work which she has to do first to save up for college and then to help her mom with the bills , but she also makes mistakes, and again: she owns them. To verge on cliche, she is refreshingly honest, and I love her voice.
I love that she lets people know when they've done something disappointing--like Andrew snarking about the no-high-school-boys rule she broke before the book started or Matt being his asshole self. But whenever she does something disappointing to someone else--being snobby about her mom's boyfriend--she sucks it up and attempts to right the sotuation. Basically, I love Raychel. She's strong in sometimes quiet ways. Matt, on the other hand, is an asshole, and it took me a while to understand why he is a narrator and when I realized why, I was devastated, but we'll get to that in a bit.
Matt's a good guy. He's friendly. He does a lot of extra-curriculars. He works hard for the school. He totally white knights her unnecessarily and has this crush that made me uncomfortable given some of their interactions taking pictures of her while rock climbing, even when he can see her underwear, allowing her to sleep in his bed without telling her his feelings, etc. And Matt is completely oblivious to both his own privilege and Raychel's more serious hardships.
He gets the obvious things: Raychel's ankle injury, Raychel being drunk, etc, but he doesn't truly understand why she needs a job so badly, why she wants to get away from Carson. Matt is completely blind to these things, and it's such a contrast to Andrew who is outwardly the screwed up black sheep with bad grades and an affinity for getting grounded and a liking for weed, but who is inwardly sensitive and perceptive.
After the Fall is undoubtedly feminist. Like Raychel has good relationships with both her mom and Mrs. R Matt and Andrew's mom , although they're not without complication or complexity. There are the good friends--Asha and Keri--and the bitchy not-really-friends-but-we're-part-of-the-same-group frenemy. These relations evolve throughout the book in real, believable ways, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad.
I like that there was a contrast with two mother figures, and that, while Raychel's mom works a lot, she does care about and work hard to parent Raychel. She's present even though she's a working parent with her own life. I like that. She gets help immediately, but then she also provides support after the fact.
She shuts gossip down with the truth, and provides Raychel with a safe place after both the assault and the Big Tragedy. R that flat out discusses assault and rape, and how just because a girl doesn't say no doesn't meanshe said yes, and that rape doesn't always mean intercourse.
I think this book did a great job of tackling so much other than just the assault. Raychel's absent dad who attempts to pay child support but can't afford it. Raychel's mom working overtime and not being able to cover bills. The stresses that poverty, working parents, and working teens put on those teens. Trying to plan for college but not knowing where the money will come from.
Oh, so much grief. Survivor's guilt. There's this one line that I loved, even though it broke my heart: "I used to be part of the family. Past tense. I've been disowned. There's some stupid saying like 'It's the family you choose that matters,' but what do you do when they un-choose you? One very small detail I love about After the Fall is that Kate crates a natural and realistic environment with every day details. Several mentions of tampons--Raychel keeping them in Matt's car, selling them to embarrassed preteens at the convenience store, using one after sex--and condoms--again, keeping one in the car and selling them to guys at the store, using one during sex.
Things like that are REAL but often aren't "glamorous" or even just important enough to include in fiction. I'm so grateful Kate did. After the Fall is hugely important, and I do highly recommend readers of all genders give it a try. I think Kate is an enormously talented writer who can balance complex character development on both individual and relationship levels with a full, realistic setting and big plot points that help shape the characters in a believable if dramatic manner. Definitely get this one on your TBR!
Jan 09, Daniela Soria rated it liked it. I ended up finishing it, but the book was so different the. What I was hoping for. This was This was poignant. The characters were wonderfully flawed, making me angry and confused, but also bursting at the seams with happiness and sorrow. Rachel and Matt have to deal with a heart-shattering loss which I never in a MILLION years saw coming and basically blacked out from because it was so painful , and what struck me the most about this story was how realistic the aftermath was.
It was slow and painful, with our main characters both This was It was slow and painful, with our main characters both trying to come to terms with their new life and the path that was forcibly chosen for them. They have to weave through heartbreak and betrayal, forgiveness and acceptance.
Also, that moment when you finish the book and realize how truly cruel the designer had to be for that cover. And also to whoever created the title. Apr 18, Book Riot Community added it. I was surprised by how much this debut young adult novel affected me. I loved the complicated relationship between a young woman from a poor, single parent family and two brothers from a well-adjusted, more affluent family in a familiar Ozark setting.
All the characters were complex and flawed, and the depiction of a hard-partying crowd of high school kids felt very true. It brought up important issues of consent in romantic relationships, and the ending felt like a sucker punch in the gut, whic I was surprised by how much this debut young adult novel affected me.
It brought up important issues of consent in romantic relationships, and the ending felt like a sucker punch in the gut, which was apparently just what I needed this month. After the Fall is just not for me. I read about 50 pages and then skipped through the rest. The characters, Raychel and Matt and Andrew , are quite whiny and annoying. They always are getting into arguements and thinking they are always right. Raychel's secret isn't that much of a secret. It's the poor girl is best friends with a rich boy and she falls in love with rich boy's brother.
They date in secret but then tragedy and everyone finds out! That plot twist was pretty good and unexpected. Filer was a mental health nurse who has worked as a researcher in the academic unit of psychiatry at the University of Bristol, and on in-patient psychiatric wards. The scenes in which Matthew is sectioned are bittersweet and full of sharply droll details. Patients are referred to as "Service Users" and it's a place in which "the manics talk — but they talk crap" and where the over-riding sensation is of mind-numbing tedium. These scenes are a small part of the novel, though.
Matthew is a convincing and painfully haunted character. There is "too much small print" in life he says plaintively.
He's no fool — and suspicious of people with scripted conversations — but, alas, he believes he can talk to his dead brother.