Title: In the After
Author: Elisa Dane
Series: Fighting Chance, book 1
Genre: Contemporary, Coming-of-Age, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Trigger Warning: Bullying
Page Count and Format: 208 pages, Ebook
Published: February 2nd 2016 by Swoon Romance
Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book was not at all was I was expecting it to be but in the end I ended up falling in love with it. This was definitely an emotional ride.
Sadie belongs to the Elites or AE crowd and she knows better than not to cross Britt, the Queen Bee otherwise she’ll end up with the same fate as her neighbour Ian and his only friend Newton. But when Sadie crashes with Hayden at a bonfire, the chemistry between them is undeniable but Hayden is not ready to be her secret. Sadie finally decides to stand up to her so-called-friends but the unthinkable happens as shooters attack the school. Will she able to survive the attack? Even if she does, will her life ever be the same?
In the After deals heavily with bullying. The AE basically rules the school and Britt is their Queen Bee. Her father, is the judge and the wealthiest family in town, so no one dares to cross her. Sadie is a part of the AE, she sees the injustice in front of her eyes everyday as the AE bullies everyone and treats them like trash. She wants to protest but she doesn’t want to endure Britt’s wrath. I felt so angry at how the AE treated everyone, even the school administration turned a blind eye on the bullying because of Britt’s father’s power. It was simply unbelievable how everybody cowered in front of Britt. That is why anti-bullying policy or rule is so freaking important. The shooting incident was horrifying, I could guess which character was going to spiral out of control and it felt so damn bad but I definitely agreed with Sadie’s point of view that nobody deserved to be mindlessly killed like that.
I liked Sadie’s character. Although she didn’t do much in the beginning to stand up to the bullying but she tried her best when she understood the depth of the situation. What she did was wrong but I could understand where she was coming from, her PTSD took quite a toll on her and Britt was a total monster, she crushed everyone and Sadie didn’t want her secret of PTSD to be revealed in front of the whole school. I absolutely loved Hayden, he played such a positive influence in Sadie’s life, I don’t think she could have got the strength to stand up if not for Hayden. I loved the romance between them!
Overall, In the After was a good read. The plot and the characters kept me intrigued and the writing painted a vivid picture. The pace was even throughout the book. I loved Hayden and Sadie together and the bullying was handled realistically.
So guys, have you read In the After or this series? If yes, what did you feel about it? and if not, then do you want to? What is your view on bullying?