Everything After by Jill Santopolo

Book Review #541

Title: Everything After

Author: Jill Santopolo

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Source: Times Reads

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

Pages: 336

The Light We Lost mixes with a touch of Daisy Jones and the Six in this novel of first love, passion, and the power of choice–and how we cannot escape the people we are meant to be.

Two loves. Two choices. One chance to follow her dreams.

Emily has come a long way since she lost her two passions fifteen years ago: music, and Rob. She’s a psychologist at NYU who helps troubled college students like the one she once was. Together with her caring doctor husband, Ezra, she has a beautiful life. They’re happy. They hope to start a family. But when a tragic event in Emily’s present too closely echoes her past, and parts of her story that she’d hoped never to share come to light, her perfect life is suddenly upturned. Then Emily hears a song on the radio about the woman who got away. The melody and voice are hauntingly familiar. Could it be? As Emily’s past passions come roaring back into her life, she’ll find herself asking: Who is she meant to be? Who is she meant to love?

Everything After by Jill Santopolo is a story that discovers a past love, the present and the utter pain of going through a miscarriage. This book also explores the path to fight for one’s dream and that there isn’t an age limit to relive the dream as a musician again. It may not be a smooth journey for the characters but that’s just how life works, it can knock you down but if you’re brave enough to fight it, you may just come out stronger than ever before.

This book may not be an easy read to some as it tackles some very important issues such as the grief of having a miscarriage, the troubles and complications as a married couple which further escalates as an ex comes back into the scene. The trust that the couple, Emily and Ezra has craft fully built were crumbling to fall and it takes a whole lot more than their love to fix their relationship.

Emily went through a lot, in the past and the present. I cannot begin to comprehend what it must feel like to lose a baby even before they’re starting to live. And she even went through two miscarriages. But I was constantly rooting for her as she started all over again to fight for her passion as a musician and her overall happiness.

This book has so much depth and it talks about almost all the stuff mentioned in this story in so much detail. It definitely made me view certain things in a whole new aspect and I would recommend you to read this book. As long as it seems right and brings one joy, it is definitely worth the fight.


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