Book Review: Everything After by Jill Santopolo

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Everything After is a new contemporary romance book from Jill Santopolo. Read the full book review by romance book blogger, She Reads Romance Books to see if this is a book worth reading for you!

Everything After
by Jill Santopolo

Published: March 2021
Category:
Contemporary Romance
Tags:
Musician

Rating: ★★½

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I love to check out new authors, especially when the story line of a book sounds appealing, but this book was not a hit for me.

While the writing was decent, I found the book read flat and felt like many of Emily’s feelings were force fed to the reader instead of it feeling organic.

The characters and the story are what make a great book in my eyes but neither worked for me in this case.

Emily is going through some tough times which I can totally commiserate with but I just felt like she was one depressing character.

I really did not care for her husband AT ALL and Robert just didn’t stand out to me either.

I am not sure why this is even considered a romance book as it read more like a chick lit story. There was no romance to the story and in fact I just felt really sad for the first half of the book.

The story is told from Emily’s point of view only but the chapters of the present are interspersed with pages from her journal in the past. I honestly think the story would have been better without these pieces. Where they meant to drum up a love triangle angle to the story? I’m not sure and didn’t feel like they added to the story and began to just skim or skip them.

*Trigger warning: I feel like this book should carry a trigger warning to let people know that miscarriage is a central part of the story. This is a very sensitive topic for some and I think readers should know this topic is discussed a lot before going into this story.

Unfortunately, this book was a miss for me.

*Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.

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