Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Review: After Tuesday - Renee Ericson

Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

First off this book is young adult, and there are sexual situations and drug use involved. Ruby nicknamed "Tuesday" by her Dad, is the main character. Ruby doesn't have the normal teenage life, her Mom died in a car accident when she was little and ever since her Dad has struggled. Her Dad is an addict and not just alcohol, heavy drug use as well. Ruby has relied on herself most of her life, her Dad does not abuse her but, leaves her alone all the time. She works and takes care of everything, even buys the groceries. Things a regular teenager doesn't worry about. Her one goal is to get through her senior year of high school and get into a college.

Without spoiling the whole book for everyone, this book is all about Ruby and her emotions, she finds herself coming out of her shell so to speak. She starts her Senior year with new friends and a new boyfriend. Now with everything going right in her life for once, a secret involving her Dad threatens everything. She has to come to the realization that she is not alone and doesn't have to be anymore.

Overall it's a really good story about a girl learning to trust herself and the people that are a positive influence in her life. I really enjoyed reading After Tuesday and seeing how Ruby's character evolved and came to resolve her feelings with the situations that she was faced with. I would recommend it to anyone 17 and up, and give it a rating of 5 out of 5 :)

Blurb
Family really is a pain…especially when your father is an addict.

For the last two years, high school senior Ruby has been her own rock and solace. She has learned to depend only on herself and hides her family's issues by keeping herself somewhat unnoticeable. Despite her isolation, Ruby has intrigued the affections of someone unexpected. Finding herself loving life once again as his persistence sparks a romance awakening a well-protected heart.

While Ruby’s relationship with her father is constantly teetering, her new-found affection continues to blossom into something more than she ever thought possible. Soon, Ruby comes to realize that opening up your heart means being susceptible to love and disappointment.

YA-M: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

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