“People come together for different reasons at different times. It doesn’t mean you’re destined to stay together forever. But if you’re luck, you’ll leave each other in a better place”
Rating: 3/5 stars
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an ARC!
Graduation can’t come soon enough. Desperate for a fresh start, Quinn is eager to escape to her aunt’s house on the New Jersey shore for the summer…away from teenage drama and having to answer everyone’s questions about “what comes next” after high school.
Quinn can’t bear to focus on the future. She doesn’t even think she deserves one—not after her best friend died in a car accident that Quinn feels responsible for. But when Quinn meets Malcolm, a musician who has been trying to escape his own demons, she starts to believe in second chances.
Originally, I went into this book so excited for a few different reasons. First, I’ve been in a huge book slump (reading back to back fantasy books tends to do that), so I was looking forward to switching it up. Two, I actually really like books about people trying to figure out their lives, because why is that people expect us to know what the rest of our lives will look like at 17? And third, I’m from NJ and when I saw this was about the Jersey Shore I was genuinely curious to read this since I’m there almost every weekend in the summer.
However, this book somewhat fell a little flat because it was kind of consumed by romance. I had a feeling that this would contain romance and I’m all for romance books but this just felt forced and rushed. I read the book in about three and half to four hours and in those hours this book tackled A LOT. It takes on love, loss, forgiveness, finding yourself, new friendships, breakups, flashbacks to the past, and family acceptance all in one teeny tiny bundle.
But anyway, back to the romance.
Malcolm and Quinn are both going through their own major issues. Quinn, struggles with the loss of her best friend she feels responsible for and Malcolm, struggles as a recovering drug addict after an accident that killed majority of his band. They meet on a whim and it’s supposed to seem like they have this really great open and honest connection and they kind of did BUT they would have been so much better as friends. Instead they began a pretty toxic relationship since Malcolm was mentally not the in the head space to be in a relationship and Quinn wanted to save Malcolm more than anything else. I think this would have been really great if they two characters just stayed friends and helped one another through their own demons rather than have a seemingly forced romance.
Another issue I had was the pacing, as mentioned above this book tackles a lot in one sitting. This was a really quick read but I often wondered if it was too quick? I wish this book was spaced out a little more and even maybe a little bit longer of a book so it could have helped readers become more attached to the characters.
Otherwise, this book was an enjoyable read. It was so much fun to read about places that I go to literally every weekend in the summer, but it was also kind of weird to read that in a book, haha! I really loved Quinn’s aunt and her approach to Quinn’s issues. I also really enjoy books of children mending relationships with their parents and I was SO happy that Quinn and her Mom were able to talk things out. My heart was happy that Quinn was able to find some forgiveness in the accident that killed her best friend. But more importantly I was SO happy with the ending of this book, no spoilers I promise. It was really great though.
All in all, if you’re looking for a super quick read that tackles all of the above mentioned themes than August and Everything After will probably be a hit for you!
Until next time!