This month the Epic Reads Book Club is reading THE BEGINNING OF AFTER, Jennifer Castle’s heart-wrenching, surprisingly witty debut novel about how drastically life can change in the span of a single moment.
About THE BEGINNING OF AFTER
Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Everything she knew is now in her past and she is forced to put that past behind her so she can face her new future. Along the way she struggles with friendship, love, and grief but also manages to find hope in the most unexpected places.
Want to give it a try? Click here to start reading the first few chapters.
Why We Chose It For Our Book Club
1.) Yes this is a book about horrific tragedy, but it’s also a book about the human spirit and the ability to survive the unthinkable. A perfect read for anyone who faces struggles.
2.) Author Jennifer Castle has found a way into our hearts . . . and we never want to let her go!
3.) This book is such a good book club pick! We assure you that you’ll want to talk to someone about it as soon as you finish reading!
Quotes from THE BEGINNING OF AFTER:
“Then I closed my eyes. That was it. That was Before. Now here we go into After.”
“I sat parked for a while in the parent pickup lot, watching a bunch of little kids run relays up and down the field. To be nine years old. To have life simply about family and friends and who was mad at who and which games you wanted to play at recess, and getting gold stars on spelling tests, and feeling that first crush. Laurel, you had everything back then, and you didn’t even know it.”
“It became so clear how my life would only contain shadows now. Shadows of things gone; not just the people themselves but everything connected to them. Was this my future? Every moment, every tiny thing I saw and did and touched, weighted by loss. Every space in this house and my town and the world in general, empty in a way that could never be filled.”
“It seemed like the only way to keep breathing was to focus on the here and now, moment by moment, keeping my mind frozen cold to anything else.”