Blog Tour: After Tuesday *Competition closed*
What I expected to be a light, fluffy story actually turned into a quite a surprising, intense read that really didn't hold back from broaching the more 'sensitive' topics (like alcoholism).
Ruby's home-life is seriously bad and the effects of her dad's addiction aren't sugar-coated. They're shown in all their harsh glory, making Ruby's character so much more real. When she talked about having to sleep in a tent in her own garden? I got SO MANY FEELS.
As for the romantic side ... well, hello Brent. I loved watching their relationship grow from awkward and unsure to completely trusting each other (which, in Ruby's case, was a huge deal). Brent was just what Ruby needed and provided the perfect escape from her family issues and, though there were a couple of moments when I wanted to smack him upside the head, I also found myself falling for him. Hard. He was just so adorable.
But as much as I loved Brent, I found Ruby to be a bit tiresome at times. I felt for her situation, really, but there were moments when I just found her unnecessarily guarded and overly suspicious. She tended to jump to conclusions and there were more than a few moments when I wanted to give her a good shake and tell her to have some faith.
I also kind of wish we got to know more about what Ruby's life was like before her dad's problems, as I found myself really wanting to know just how much he had changed and how much their life had been affected.
After Tuesday was an enjoyable read that I'd recommend to anyone who's looking for a book that'll make them swoon, frown and then turn that frown upside down.
Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.