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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    I lived and breathed this book while I read it.

    It’s been a number of weeks since I finished reading After Ben, and yet, I still feel emotionally connected to these characters. Theo, Morgan and Peter still enter my thoughts, and I have to continuously tell myself that I need to read some of the backlog of books I have instead of re-reading this amazing book again. Even so, I “cheat,” pulling it up on my NOOK and going through my favorite parts all over again. To me, that’s a sign of a good book. The book starts a year after Theo loses his partner, Ben, who dies suddenly, leaving Theo’s world broken and tilted on its axis. Even a year later, Theo is still reeling from the grief, the numbness and the effort to keep walking through his day. His wonderful assistant, Maggie, has been there through it all, pulling and prodding him, helping him take those needed steps the past year, until one day, Theo notices Peter, a good-looking guy at his gym, and Theo’s life starts to have a little more dimension again. But, it is Morgan, an on-line friend, who he feels drawn to, the one that pushes him and challenges him, making Theo look forward to something every day and making him start thinking of life again. Add a couple of cute and funny interns at work, and suddenly Theo’s life has some meaning. The secondary characters in this story are so well written, so developed that I begin to love them, too, from the ones that I mentioned previously, to Ben’s family and even Theo’s own mom and dad. And even though Ben is no longer with Theo, you learn to love him through the memories that Theo experiences. Yes, there are flashbacks, but they are always tied to something that happens to Theo in the present, adding to the knowledge of why Theo is the way he is. Some of them are painful, but the vast majority of them just add to the multiple layers of Ben’s and Theo’s personalities. It is a long book, and the process of growth and healing that Theo goes through is a somewhat arduous one, but it makes it all the more realistic in the progression of emotion that can be seen and experienced along with Theo. Because of that, I couldn’t help but root for these two men. The characters in this book are going to live in my heart for a long, long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Good read

    Good story,eazy read.

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