the hereafter by jessica bucher
tw: suicide mention
overall rating: 3.6/5
genre: YA, romance, fantasy
Nin has no recollection of her death.
The things she does remember, like her cruel boyfriend, troubled father, and absent mother, she’d like to forget.
Dylan doesn’t need to remember his death to know that he deserved it. Who needs memories when you have the scars?
Sparks ignite when the two, very different, strangers meet. Together they spend one endless summer exploring their new world. Suddenly, their after-lives hold more possibility and promise than their tragic teenage lives ever did.
But no dream lasts forever, and all too soon, harmful memories from their pasts emerge and threaten to tear them apart. Given the chance to change their fates, Nin and Dylan must decide—life or love.
*i received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*
i found the hereafter on netgalley, and the cover immediately caught my attention! i then read the synopsis, and i totally love stories about the afterlife, or the hereafter, in this case, so i was pretty excited about the premise.
i really like that the main characters are both pretty well developed! the story switches between the past and present, and we learn a lot about nin and dylan through their memories. for me, it’s a bit too much that they both have tragic backstories, but i still liked their characters. as for the relationships, i wouldn’t say it’s exactly instalove, and their relationship doesn’t move too quickly. however, there are some aspects of the romance that i don’t love, but i’m not really sure what. i guess i kinda feel like they keep going back and forth, and the same problems keep showing up. the family dynamics are pretty interesting though, and i really wish i got to see more of dylan’s family.
the plot is okay and kept my attention, but the middle feels somewhat slow. i felt like i was just waiting for something to happen, and some things felt a bit repetitive to me. the pacing is okay overall, maybe a bit rushed at the end, but i really like the ending! even though the way everything wraps up seems somewhat unrealistic, i definitely enjoyed the plot twist and the resolution.
the writing is also okay. it doesn’t really stand out to me in any way, but it’s not bad at all.
overall, the hereafter is an enjoyable read with an interesting premise that’s executed well through interesting characters!
have you read this? what did you think?