Review by Leydy
by Michelle Levy
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Dial Books (August 4, 2015)
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Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn’t (money): He needs a job. It’s there that he reunites with Jordyn, his childhood best friend, and now the token goth girl at school. Jordyn brings Tyler an unexpected peace and, finally, love. But with his family in shambles, he can’t risk bringing Jordyn too deeply into his life. So when violence rocks Tyler’s world again, will it be Jordyn who shows him the way to a hopeful future? Or after everything, will Tyler have to find it in himself?
Not After Everything is a story not to be taken lightly. This story deals with suicide, abuse and violet. Yet, this story is yet another great story of proof that in the darkest time of a human being, a light of hope can do so much. The way this book digs into these elements and present you this story... it will make you realize that you are living a great life. There are many people that have it hard. Like in Not After Everything, a kid at a young age, loses his mother and is physically abuse by his drug after.
The book opens up as Tyler is being kicked out of class. I initially thought, oh great, he’s a troublemaker. But as the pages are read, the more I got to know Tyler. And boy, was I wrong. The way this novel focuses on Tyler is like seeing this happen in real life. After all, what he goes thru, happens on a daily basis. We learned that Tyler’s mom has committed suicide. And he was the first one to find her. It is tragical enough to know your mother is gone, let alone seeing in such condition. Tyler’s life is forever change at this very instant. His joyful life of being a football star, having a cheerleader as his girlfriend, having good grades is gone. Just gone. The boy is completely changed and now has to deal with a drunk father that blames his mother’s death on him. Who has to struggle two jobs in order to have daily meals. Oh the tears.
I cried a river with this story.
Don’t let this scare you because Tyler was able to find happiness, even in the darkest time of this life. With a little help from a friend, Tyler was able to conquer life. He defeated his inner demons and eventually grew to a mature and selfless person.
This story felt so real to me. Which is the reason why it brought me to tears. It was a roller coaster of emotions while reading. Because even if you think you know a person, you just have to open your eyes and put clues together. There may be someone that needs your help but is too scared to tell the truth. And sometimes it may be too late…
Not After Everything is a heartfelt story that many should read. Once you start the story, it will consume you and pull you into Tyler’s world. It is a hard read but it is a powerful tale. Read it, love it and learn from Tyler’s story.