After I Fall
by Amity Hope
Publication Date December 12, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Clean Romance
When EmLynn’s dad loses his battle with cancer, the last thing she wants is to move across the country to live with her mom. Her mom left her dad years ago to start a new, improved family with her new, improved husband.
When Eric finds himself in the middle of a mess of someone else’s making, the last thing he wants is to be dumped into the foster care system. He’s spent most of his life on his own, so he doesn't see the point of having a pretend family now.
A chance meeting leaves them both thinking that maybe their new town of Roseville isn’t so bad. But as they grow closer, a mutual enemy, along with a tangle of secrets and a web of little white lies, may just be enough to make their new found love unravel completely.
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This was a very interesting story. The relationship between Eric and EmLynn was fun to watch. Jace was the perfect mean boy. Eric’s insecurity was touching. And there was a fun side-story about EmLynn’s friend Clara.
There were a number of conflicts in the story. Eric’s past (that he refused to talk about), the mean kids at school, the foster parent situation, EmLynn’s relationship with her parents, etc. They were all developed well, and though I did realize what was going on with the situation with the house (don’t want to give anything away!), it was handled well and written in an interesting way.
I did not like the way that Eric snuck into EmLynn’s room at night, and though the story was clean, there was way too much touching and intimacy going on. I would not want my middle school or high school thinking those things are acceptable or normal by any stretch of the imagination.