August 1, 2013

Title: After Tuesday

Series: These Days

Author: Renee Ericson

Published: May 5th, 2013 – Self Published

Pages: 360

Story Synopsis: 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.

**NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

I put After Tuesday on my second shelf! (3.75/4 stars)

Initial thoughts..

After Tuesday was a very sweet and heartwarming read featuring two very genuine and engaging characters.. Their endearing story uncovers all of those old, giddy feelings we’ve all experienced as teenagers when finding our first love.

The plot, pace and writing style..

I felt that some of the descriptive scenes, especially in the beginning, were just a little too descriptive for my taste unfortunately.. The unnecessary details made the sentence structure a bit choppy and awkward and hard to read at times. I had some trouble with the flow of the story as well. It seemed too rigid in the first couple of chapters, lacking that natural ease transitioning through them, BUT once I reached about the half way mark, I noticed the writing becoming stronger.. Smoother and more refined and you could start to see the author’s growth as the book progressed, which was great!

The characters..

Having lost her mother at an early age, along with having an alcoholic father that’s more of a roommate than a dad, Ruby was forced to grow up entirely too fast.. She’s had really no one to rely other than herself, ultimately leaving her lonely and looking for her place in the world. I admired Ruby’s character. She had this silent strength of sorts that I found to be pretty awesome. The circumstances of her life made me sad, but at the same time I couldn’t help but cheer her on as she struggled to deal with her issues and find herself.

Brent was great as well.. He was gentle, romantic and attentive, both in his nature and in his pursuit of winning Ruby’s heart..

The romance aspect of things was palpable and touching, but it wasn’t all perfect.. There were obstacles, including some heartbreaking emotional hurdles that erupted between them during weak moments in their lives. I did enjoy the rare, air of young innocence this book had to it, but if I’m being completely honest, I would of liked to see a little of that slow burn and sizzling chemistry action going on too.. Although, that may be just a personal preference of mine.. After Tuesday also had some great underlying lessons about love, forgiveness and the importance of friends and family and the author did a great job balancing emotions throughout the story.

Would I rec it?

Yes. If you love relateable characters, woven together with a sweet romance and some great potential for the rest of the series, then you should grab a copy of After Tuesday and give it a try! Renee is very personable and receptive to her readers too and that definitely makes for great all around reading experience.

Happy Reading!

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