Life, After

 
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Life, After
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12+
Release Date
July 01, 2010
ISBN
978-0545151443
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For Dani, life in Argentina hasn't been very normal or happy for a long time. A terrorist attack, which killed Dani's aunt and unborn cousin, has sent the country into economic ruin. When Dani's family can't hold out any longer, they move to New York. It's supposed to be a fresh start, but when you're living in a cramped apartment, have an angry father, ang are going to high school where all the classes are in another language-not everyone is friendly-life in America is not all it's cracked up to be. Then Dani becomes friends with Jon-who isn't like all the other students-and popular Jessica who is hiding a painful loss of her own. And then there's Brian, the boy who makes Dani's pulse race. In her new life, the one After, Dani finds the courage to heal and forgive, and to love and be loved again.

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An emotionally charged book!
(Updated: October 05, 2011)
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I have heard great things about Sarah Darer Littman, so when I had the honor of reading and reviewing this book, I was excited. She did not let me down. This book was an emotional journey that I wasn't prepared for. Dani is an amazing young woman. She grew up in Argentina and after a horrific terrorist attack that killed her aunt and unborn cousin, Dani's father turns to anger for his comfort. This leaves Dani, her mother and her younger sister, Sarita in a very stressful situation. My heart ached for Dani's father. Just reading him speak and the pain that came through him was tough to actually read. Pain like that is hard and it's even harder when you are dragging your family down with you. When Dani's boyfriend Roberto and his family move to America since Argentina is now in economic shambles, the stress of the long distance relationship and not being able to talk to each other often is hard on Dani. When her family finally decides to move to America, she is excited, however they are moving to New York City, while Roberto lives in Florida.

Once Dani and her family reach New York City things don't seem to be getting any easier. Dani's father is still upset and angry. Being at a new school is taking it's toll on Dani as well. Just the language barrier is hard enough! However, she meets a new friend, Jon and things start to change. Dani starts to learn things about her fellow classmates and realizes that they are not so different after all. When Brian, a boy at school that Dani likes, starts paying more attention to her, she finds it in herself to heal and forgive.

This book was fantastic. I love how down to earth Dani is and how honest and loyal she is. I did not want to put this book down. Sarah Darer Littman has a writing style that takes the reader into her world and makes them feel like they are actually there beside the characters. My heart ached for Dani and her family during their struggles, and my heart sang when they were able to overcome them. This book also opened my eyes to the culture barrier that we have here. It makes me want to go back to high school and seek out people who may be struggling and be a better friend to them. After all, we never know what people are going through do we? A fantastic read for anyone, I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I cannot wait to read more of her books.
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Dani is strong, courageous, honorable and loves her family.
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