book reviews

After Tuesday

After Tuesday (These Days # 1) aftertuesday
Author: Renee Ericson
Kindle edition; 361 pages
Published May 2013

Family really is a pain…especially when your father is an addict.

For the last two years, high school senior Ruby has been her own rock and solace. She has learned to depend only on herself and hides her family’s issues by keeping herself somewhat unnoticeable. Despite her isolation, Ruby has intrigued the affections of someone unexpected. Finding herself loving life once again as his persistence sparks a romance awakening a well-protected heart.

While Ruby’s relationship with her father is constantly teetering, her new-found affection continues to blossom into something more than she ever thought possible. Soon, Ruby comes to realize that opening up your heart means being susceptible to love and disappointment.


IF anyone could see me now, please ignore my tears. I just had a feel-good cry with Ruby Tuesday and I couldn’t control my tears from falling. This is a really really great story. I could very well relate with Ruby ‘coz I also had someone close to me who battled alcoholism, too. Thankfully, it’s all been settled now.

After Tuesday is a story that started with Ruby talking about reluctantly going home to an often passed-out drunk father. Then she met Brent, a gorgeously dimpled guy who was fetching his brother from Camp White Ash where she was working at. A weekend date spent with Brent at a bowling alley later, Ruby found herself looking forward going home.

The once loner girl now found herself surrounded with new-found friends and a hot, romantic boyfriend. Their moments together were kinda cheesy and sweet, but I’ve got no complaints. Brent was so caring and in-love, I myself fell for him. Ruby was more than lucky to have him, but she’s afraid to tell him the truth about her family. The time came when Brent found out about his father and he became different and distant. Ruby’s world shattered and she didn’t know how to build it again.

This novel is an emotionally-filled story of hope, trust,forgiveness, love, and acceptance. After Tuesday may have brought me tears, but it definitely gave a new meaning to love and family. Thumbs up for Renee Erickson for this awesome novel; she clearly did a great job in her debut novel. I can’t wait to read the next book in These Days series.

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