One last summer to escape, to find herself, to figure out what comes next. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will love this contemporary, coming-of-age romance.
Graduation was supposed to be a relief. Except Quinn can't avoid the rumors that plagued her throughout high school or the barrage of well-intentioned questions about her college plans. How is she supposed to know what she wants to do for the next four years, let alone the rest of her life? And why does no one understand that it's hard for her to think about the futureor feel as if she even deserves onewhen her best friend is dead?
Spending the summer with her aunt on the Jersey shore may just be the fresh start Quinn so desperately needs. And when she meets Malcolm, a musician with his own haunted past, she starts to believe in second chances. Can Quinn find love while finding herself?
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Emily Lawrence, an actor and writer, is passionate about bringing stories to life. She has narrated more than 190 audiobooks, half of which were USA Today or New York Times bestsellers, and has also worked in film, television, and theater.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review. I'm a huge fan of Sarah Dessen so I was intrigued by this book when it was compared to her novels. It was a great fast young adult read that I did enjoy. The ending kinda threw me for a loop but I liked the writer's style and how she interpreted each character. Quinn just graduated from high school and is spending the summer at her aunt's house at the Jersey Shore while she figures out her next step in life. While working in a bar she meets musician Malcolm Trent who, like her, is trying to get over a tragedy that they feel guilty for. After she joins his band as a drummer Quinn finds herself falling in love fast and must make a hard decision about where she goes next. This was a good read and I really liked all the characters. Like I said I really was not expecting the ending but still a great book.
This is my first YA read in a while, and man was it a great return to the genre. A coming-of-age romance with wonderful family and rock-and-roll elements, August and Everything After hits you in the feels while remaining uplifting and relatable. I enjoyed Quinn's narration and somewhat stream of consciousness thoughts from the beginning, and her story progresses at a leisurely but still interesting pace. Doktorski strikes a balanced tone that makes sure you understand what's going on (casually explaining the many references) without condescending. I had Catcher in the Rye vibes from early on, and I loved the general everyday-ness of the plot. Yes, there are tragic elements and a few tear-inducing moments, but it's ultimately a story of growth and acceptance. I LOVED the integration of both rock and roll and literary references. The Blue Oyster Cult cowbell reference absolutely made my day (do yourself a favor and watch the SNL skit "More Cowbell" ASAP), and brought this story firmly up to 5 stars. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It took me a little while to place the title of the book, but it really shouldn't have. August and Everything After is the title of the Counting Crows debut album (1993) about change and redemption and forgiveness. Jennifer Salvato Doktorski takes that theme to heart in this coming of age story centered around Quinn. Quinn has just graduated from high school and is spending the summer at the shore with her aunt while she figures or what she wants to do next. While working at a bar that showcases bands, she meets Malcolm and they start a relationship. It would be easy at this point to think this book is a romance about Quinn and Malcolm, but in reality is a romance about Quinn. About loving herself, forgiving herself and trusting herself. This is a heartfelt young adult novel that addresses that difficult time of transitioning between a parental home and Independence. And choosing what kind of person you want to be and the relationships you want to have. This was an engaging read and I really enjoyed it. 4 stars **Review by Heather, Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night w/ Books**