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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 troubl 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?


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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 troubl 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?

30 review for Everything After

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Love. It’s never easy, is it? It is in fact, extremely complicated. From the outside, Emily’s life appears to be quite simple. She is a Psychologist, married to Ezra, a Pediatric Oncologist. Their love makes her feel wholly special. While she likes her job and feels like she is good at it, oftentimes she feels like it becomes harder and harder to help people. Ezra loves and is consumed by his job. When he loses a patient it destroys him. Both Emily and Ezra want one thing and one thing only. To Love. It’s never easy, is it? It is in fact, extremely complicated. From the outside, Emily’s life appears to be quite simple. She is a Psychologist, married to Ezra, a Pediatric Oncologist. Their love makes her feel wholly special. While she likes her job and feels like she is good at it, oftentimes she feels like it becomes harder and harder to help people. Ezra loves and is consumed by his job. When he loses a patient it destroys him. Both Emily and Ezra want one thing and one thing only. To become parents. One day while listening to the radio, Emily hears a song and she recognizes the voice instantly. It’s him. Her first love: Rob. As for the song on the radio? It’s about her. The one that got away. Her heart catches, her throat constricts and every memory the two shared comes rushing back. Of course Emily can’t help but search the internet for “him” and when she does, her past becomes her present. Turbulent, tumultuous, and full of crazy emotions, this book will make you examine love and what’s meant to be. “Everything After” is compelling and captivating and full of heart. A huge thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group - G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Jill Santopolo for the arc. Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 8.23.20.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Everything After , the third book by Jill Santopolo, is a beautiful, emotional story about the choices we make and the dreams we choose or choose not to follow, and how those choices shape our lives. “Choices are made all the time. One choice doesn’t have to define a life.” Emily is a psychologist at NYU, helping students navigate the things that are troubling them. Although the job weighs on her from time to time, she once was rescued by a psychologist and feels this is h 4.5 stars, rounded up. Everything After , the third book by Jill Santopolo, is a beautiful, emotional story about the choices we make and the dreams we choose or choose not to follow, and how those choices shape our lives. “Choices are made all the time. One choice doesn’t have to define a life.” Emily is a psychologist at NYU, helping students navigate the things that are troubling them. Although the job weighs on her from time to time, she once was rescued by a psychologist and feels this is her way of paying it forward. Emily and her husband, Ezra, a pediatric oncologist, have a good, loving marriage. Each draws strength from the other. They’ve finally decided they’re ready to start a family, and neither can wait to be parents. When tragedy strikes, it reminds Emily of an earlier time in her life, when she was a musician, in love and performing with Rob. But when faced with tragedy and pain, Emily makes the difficult choice to put that side of her life away, and ultimately, that choice leads her down the path her life has taken, to being a psychologist and marrying Ezra. When Emily hears a familiar voice on the radio, singing about the one that got away, her life is once again upended, and the secrets she’s kept for so long suddenly are revealed. Did she make the right choices years ago? Is she on the right path now? Will she have to abandon some dreams to pursue others? What I love so much about Santopolo's writing is how she captures emotions of all kinds—love, grief, excitement, pain—and the trajectory of relationships. That talent is on full display here, and I was really moved by Everything After , even when I didn’t necessarily agree with a character’s behavior. (I also loved her first book, The Light We Lost , and enjoyed her second, More Than Words .) This may be a difficult story for those dealing with or who have dealt with fertility issues, but it’s really a powerful and emotional read. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Everything After by Jill Santopolo is a complex and emotional love story. I became an instant fan of Santopolo after reading The Light We Lost and Everything After has everything I expect in her novels. The story is emotional and realistic. Emily is suddenly reminding of the past she left behind and wondering if she made the right decision. Emily starts to wonder if leaving music behind was a mistake and reconnects with her ex. Everything After is a story with a love triangle but there is so muc Everything After by Jill Santopolo is a complex and emotional love story. I became an instant fan of Santopolo after reading The Light We Lost and Everything After has everything I expect in her novels. The story is emotional and realistic. Emily is suddenly reminding of the past she left behind and wondering if she made the right decision. Emily starts to wonder if leaving music behind was a mistake and reconnects with her ex. Everything After is a story with a love triangle but there is so much more to the book than that. Everything After is about a woman figuring out what she wants to do with her life. Part of the story is told in journal entries from Emily. Infertility is a theme throughout the book, so I would keep that in mind if that is something that you don’t want to read about. It is hard to talk about without giving too much away but I highly recommend Everything After to fans of emotional romance. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jill Santopolo and I loved the narration. I’ve read all of her books but this was my first one I listened to and I am so glad I did. Jill does a great job portraying the character’s emotions and even sings in part of the book. Thank you Putnam books, Penguin Random House Audio, and Edelweiss for Everything After. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    Sounds amazing <3 Cannot wait to start it soon <3      Sounds amazing <3 Cannot wait to start it soon <3     

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I had to stay up late to finish this book and I’m doing so sobbing. This book was so real and one I won’t soon forget. This one hit home for me as my husband and I struggle with infertility and know this pain and heartache- it’s real and unbearable at times and the author did an amazing job portraying that! I had a hard time reading the words through my tears at times but I appreciated this book because it’s a topic that I don’t read about often and I think it’s an important one. I fell in love I had to stay up late to finish this book and I’m doing so sobbing. This book was so real and one I won’t soon forget. This one hit home for me as my husband and I struggle with infertility and know this pain and heartache- it’s real and unbearable at times and the author did an amazing job portraying that! I had a hard time reading the words through my tears at times but I appreciated this book because it’s a topic that I don’t read about often and I think it’s an important one. I fell in love with Emily. I wasn’t sure where I wanted the book to go and my feelings were all over the place at the end and I almost feel like I wanted or needed more at the end but this will definitely be a favorite book of the year! My favorite Jill Santopolo book to date! Thanks to Edelweiss for my advanced ebook copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Emily Gold is a psychologist at NYU. She’s married to Ezra, a compassionate pediatric oncologist. She has a good life. But something is missing preventing her from being truly happy. There’s been a new love song playing on the radio from a rising star named Austin Roberts who sings about the one who got away. It is clear to Emily that she is the one the song is about. She starts to think about her life more than a decade earlier when she was madly in love with Rob (now Austin) and was a talented Emily Gold is a psychologist at NYU. She’s married to Ezra, a compassionate pediatric oncologist. She has a good life. But something is missing preventing her from being truly happy. There’s been a new love song playing on the radio from a rising star named Austin Roberts who sings about the one who got away. It is clear to Emily that she is the one the song is about. She starts to think about her life more than a decade earlier when she was madly in love with Rob (now Austin) and was a talented musician who loved performing. They played in a band together and dreamed of being a famous duo. In Everything After, Jill Santopolo tells the story of a woman who must decide what path her life should take. Should she remain with the man she is married to, even as they face rough times, or find her way back to the great love of her past as well as her passion for music, which she also left behind? This heartfelt story is told in the third person as well as through Emily’s journal from her past. It’s an emotional “what if?” story of love, loss and second chances. And there are tough topics presented which make this book much more than a story of a love triangle. Many thanks to Edelweiss, G.P. Putnam's Sons / Penguin Publishing Group and author Jill Santopolo for the opportunity to read Everything After in advance of its publication. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  7. 5 out of 5

    emily • emilybookedup

    a solid 4 stars (would round up to 4.5 if i could!) for Jill Santopolo’s latest romance. it was a perfect combo of THE LIGHT WE LOST + DAISY JONES & THE SIX—two of my favorite books. i love the dual POVs from Emily (“before” and “after”) and the ending made me soooo happy. full review to come on my Instagram before pub day!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    3.5 stars Throughout my reading of this book, I wasn't really enamored with it. Once I got to the end of Everything After, I realized that as a package, I did enjoy it. There were many parts that I disliked along the way, most of all because I could not identify with or relate to Emily's choices. I think that you need the whole picture of Emily and her past before you can make any judgments about this novel. What seem to be reckless and immature choices on her part actually have a bit of rationale 3.5 stars Throughout my reading of this book, I wasn't really enamored with it. Once I got to the end of Everything After, I realized that as a package, I did enjoy it. There were many parts that I disliked along the way, most of all because I could not identify with or relate to Emily's choices. I think that you need the whole picture of Emily and her past before you can make any judgments about this novel. What seem to be reckless and immature choices on her part actually have a bit of rationale behind them. However, I still didn't agree with some thing she did, but overall this is a poignant story about the choices we make in life and how it is ok to rethink and reevaluate those choices. I don't really get the comparison to Daisy Jones & the Six because this book is nothing like that one except that it in part involves music, but that's honestly not the overall focus. There are some difficult emotional sections of the narrative dealing with infertility and miscarriage, but the author handles it well and presents multiple ways of dealing with the situation, some of which are healthy and some aren't, but they all ring very true to life. I didn't totally buy into the way things all worked out and wrapped up, it all seemed way too conveniently tied up in a nice bow. I would have liked a bit of messiness because life doesn't always have that perfect "happily ever after." Overall it is an interesting read and if you like emotional, character-driven stories you will enjoy this book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Destiny

    I wish I could give this book waaaaay more than 5 Stars!!! It was heartfelt and moving and just sets the feelings of the reader on fire. The MC is likable and relatable and you somehow find yourself rooting for both men in her relationships!! Amazing talent here! I loved Jill Santopolo's first book, but the second was a bit too depressing... this one hit all the right notes. I definitely recommend this one as soon as it releases! I wish I could give this book waaaaay more than 5 Stars!!! It was heartfelt and moving and just sets the feelings of the reader on fire. The MC is likable and relatable and you somehow find yourself rooting for both men in her relationships!! Amazing talent here! I loved Jill Santopolo's first book, but the second was a bit too depressing... this one hit all the right notes. I definitely recommend this one as soon as it releases!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Clare Pooley

    Jill Santopolo writes so beautifully and powerfully about love and life, with all their twists and turns, imperfections and unpredictability. If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you reconnected with your first love (and haven’t we all?) then this story is for you. Two intertwined love stories written with such depth and emotion that you want them both to work out. But that’s just not possible....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Trono

    This was the perfect book for an end of summer vacation week. I absolutely loved the ease of the writing style and found it a hard read to put down. The story follows the life of a married woman who gave up on her love of music after an accident many years before. Along with her love of music, she left behind her first love. As both music and her previous relationship make their way back into her life, everything about her present-day self and marriage is questioned. I highly recommend this one a This was the perfect book for an end of summer vacation week. I absolutely loved the ease of the writing style and found it a hard read to put down. The story follows the life of a married woman who gave up on her love of music after an accident many years before. Along with her love of music, she left behind her first love. As both music and her previous relationship make their way back into her life, everything about her present-day self and marriage is questioned. I highly recommend this one and I plan on sharing more closer to its spring 2021 publication date! {Thank you to GP Putnam and Edelweiss for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.}

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

    CW: Miscarriage Another fabulous and heartfelt story from Jill Santopolo! She has a gift for capturing raw emotion and the powerful twists and turns life can take. I love "what if" stories, and the author takes that theme and runs with it here. Emily and Ezra are at a tumultuous time in their relationship. Emily is a New Your City therapist suffering from the grief of a lost pregnancy. Her wonderful partner Ezra, a pediatric oncologist, deals with the loss in a very different way. Emily is strugg CW: Miscarriage Another fabulous and heartfelt story from Jill Santopolo! She has a gift for capturing raw emotion and the powerful twists and turns life can take. I love "what if" stories, and the author takes that theme and runs with it here. Emily and Ezra are at a tumultuous time in their relationship. Emily is a New Your City therapist suffering from the grief of a lost pregnancy. Her wonderful partner Ezra, a pediatric oncologist, deals with the loss in a very different way. Emily is struggling with her feelings but at the same time she must remain on an even keel so that she can continue to treat her patients. When she hears a new pop song playing, she is stunned to realize that it is performed by her first love from college, Rob (now Austin). Re-connecting with Rob awakens Emily's old feelings for him as well as her passion for music, which she had somehow lost along the way. Emily and Rob played music together while in college but a tragedy drove them apart. Their lives then took very different paths. Emily always wondered what would have happened had she and Rob stayed together. "Everything that happens is what’s meant to happen." Once Emily and Rob reconnected, I could not wait to see how their renewed relationships would play out. Emily seemed reinvigorated by her renewed passion for her music. What path would her life take once she began playing music again? Would Ezra fit into her newfound passions? "And she knew it, deep inside her, she knew that something had shifted, that no matter what happened, her future today was different than her future yesterday." This book is really the story of two separate but interconnected love stories. It reminded me of Taylor Jenkins-Reid's books in many ways. I love the journal entries in between each chapter, which are told from Emily's perspective. They become all the more poignant when you reach the conclusion of the book. I highly recommend this book! It is a wonderful exploration of the power we all hold over our own lives and the power of forgiveness as well. The ending was perfect (and surprising!) Overall, a beautiful story with realistic, relatable and flawed characters. (Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    Ok, ya’ll. She broke my heart. Tore it apart. And then put it back together. This book was absolutely heartbreaking and devastating to read at times. The main character has to deal with such hard personal tragedies from both her past and present, and it shapes the course of her life. I don’t want to talk much about the actual plot to give anything away, but let me just tell you that it is everything I wanted and more, and Jill Santopolo has outdone herself. It totally gives out Daisy Jones vibes Ok, ya’ll. She broke my heart. Tore it apart. And then put it back together. This book was absolutely heartbreaking and devastating to read at times. The main character has to deal with such hard personal tragedies from both her past and present, and it shapes the course of her life. I don’t want to talk much about the actual plot to give anything away, but let me just tell you that it is everything I wanted and more, and Jill Santopolo has outdone herself. It totally gives out Daisy Jones vibes. I truly loved it. I can already tell you this will make my top 10 of the year for 2021. The writing itself is just superb and the story *chef's kiss emoji* 5 beautiful big stars. Thank you to G. P. Putnam’s Sons for the advanced copy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I can’t bring myself to rate this any lower. I didn’t agree with everything in this book. It isn’t perfect, just as nothing is, and that makes it all the more beautiful. I’m probably too biased to say anything, because Santopolo’s writing has this way of tugging just the right heartstrings. I cried three times, teared up countless. They move me in ways I don’t seem to fathom. Maybe when you read it, you won’t like it as much as I did. You probably won’t. It’s personal. Every book is, but these a I can’t bring myself to rate this any lower. I didn’t agree with everything in this book. It isn’t perfect, just as nothing is, and that makes it all the more beautiful. I’m probably too biased to say anything, because Santopolo’s writing has this way of tugging just the right heartstrings. I cried three times, teared up countless. They move me in ways I don’t seem to fathom. Maybe when you read it, you won’t like it as much as I did. You probably won’t. It’s personal. Every book is, but these are more, somehow.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    See the full review and more at HarlequinJunkie Emotionally raw, insightful, and at times heart-wrenching, Everything After touched upon loss, first love, difficult decisions with lasting consequences, and even the healing effect of music in our lives. This was my first time reading Jill Santopolo’s work and boy wasn’t it one roller coaster ride of genuine emotions and tough situations. Through it all, though, the writing flowed in a lovely way and it was done in such a convincing, genuine manner See the full review and more at HarlequinJunkie Emotionally raw, insightful, and at times heart-wrenching, Everything After touched upon loss, first love, difficult decisions with lasting consequences, and even the healing effect of music in our lives. This was my first time reading Jill Santopolo’s work and boy wasn’t it one roller coaster ride of genuine emotions and tough situations. Through it all, though, the writing flowed in a lovely way and it was done in such a convincing, genuine manner that it was easy to become invested in our heroine, Emily. I thought it was particularly clever how Santopolo had journal entries interspersed between the chapters that explained Emily’s past... Read More

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    While struggling to conceive a baby with husband, Ezra, Emily's past comes rushing back when she hears ex-boyfriend, Rob, singing a hit song on the radio. Could the song be about her? And, just like that, her past choices return to haunt her and she's engulfed by regret as she begins to question everything about her current life. Is she as happy as she thought she was, and given a second chance at love with Rob, will she choose him or her husband? My heartstrings were tugged by certain parts of While struggling to conceive a baby with husband, Ezra, Emily's past comes rushing back when she hears ex-boyfriend, Rob, singing a hit song on the radio. Could the song be about her? And, just like that, her past choices return to haunt her and she's engulfed by regret as she begins to question everything about her current life. Is she as happy as she thought she was, and given a second chance at love with Rob, will she choose him or her husband? My heartstrings were tugged by certain parts of this story (see trigger warning below), but overall, I never felt invested in the characters or the story and, most telling of all, I didn't care who Emily chose. For this reason, the two previous books by this author, The Light We Lost (4 stars) and More Than Words (4 stars) remain my favorites of hers. Trigger warning: (view spoiler)[Miscarriage (hide spoiler)] I received an advance copy of this book after I'd already listened to the audiobook. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Hunter

    After reading The Light We Lost and More Than Words by Jill Santopolo and absolutely loving them, I knew I had to read Everything After! Thank you Penguin Group/G.P. Putnam's Sons for allowing me to read an e-ARC of this incredible story!! Advertised as a combo of The Light We Lost mixed with Daisy Jones and The Six, I knew I would love this one!!! Main character Emily had two loves in her life - music and Rob. Both of which she lost fifteen years ago. She is now a psychologist at NYU and marrie After reading The Light We Lost and More Than Words by Jill Santopolo and absolutely loving them, I knew I had to read Everything After! Thank you Penguin Group/G.P. Putnam's Sons for allowing me to read an e-ARC of this incredible story!! Advertised as a combo of The Light We Lost mixed with Daisy Jones and The Six, I knew I would love this one!!! Main character Emily had two loves in her life - music and Rob. Both of which she lost fifteen years ago. She is now a psychologist at NYU and married to her loving doctor husband, Ezra. They have a seemingly perfect life and are happy together. When Emily experiences a tragic event though that mirrors her past and those pieces of her past come to light her life seems to go into a tailspin. Then Emily hears a song on the radio - a man with a hauntingly familiar voice singing about the woman that got away. Could it be? As her past comes colliding into her present, she finds herself face to face with Rob and another shot at doing what she loves most - music. Who is she meant to be though? Who is she meant to love? This book!!!! I will tell you now, it comes out on March 9th and should absolutely be on your TBR!!! Or better yet, just pre-order it now and thank me later. What a heartbreaking, heart warming, beautiful story!! That character arc for Emily, Rob and Ezra is amazing - so much depth, so much growth, all so relatable in so many different ways. The colliding of the past and the present making you feel every ounce of emotion these characters felt! Gosh, this is one I cannot wait to get a hard copy of.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*

    So many books shy away from the hard topics that so many people, mainly women, face at least once in their lives. This novel from Jill Santopolo instead faces these hard topics head on and does so beautifully and endearingly. Trigger warnings for miscarriage and pregnancy loss. I loved being able to bond with the main character of Emily in so many ways. The exploration of how her past affects her present marriage is raw and honest. Some may not like Emily for her actions but I for one saw myself So many books shy away from the hard topics that so many people, mainly women, face at least once in their lives. This novel from Jill Santopolo instead faces these hard topics head on and does so beautifully and endearingly. Trigger warnings for miscarriage and pregnancy loss. I loved being able to bond with the main character of Emily in so many ways. The exploration of how her past affects her present marriage is raw and honest. Some may not like Emily for her actions but I for one saw myself within her character and it was so comforting, no matter how many flaws it brought to light. The author does such a breathtaking job at not shying away from the hard stuff or trying to make Emily more likable; instead, the character is splayed out for everyone to judge and come to their own conclusions with. At times, the emotion in this book can feel overwhelming but in a good way. It allows the reader to make their own judgements about Emily's situation without necessarily steering them. The portrayal of marriage is so devastatingly real as well and its journey is full of ups and downs and complete uncertainty over what the future holds. All in all , I don't think I have read a novel that felt so perfectly complete through its pages. When the book ended, I was fulfilled as a reader and it left me feeling like I read and felt the entire story the author wanted to put on the page. This book is a pageturner and a true winner of a novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Twice Upon A Book

    Thank you to NetGalley and Putnam for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. CW: growing up with an ill parent (MS), death of a parent, grief, depression, miscarriages, drug use while pregnant, suicidal ideation (side character), gaslighting, infidelity, husband is a children's cancer doctor This was the heaviest of Jill Santopolo's books I've read so far and I'm not sure I was prepared for how heavy with the blurb. I do think this book could be triggering for people, dealing with so many heavy Thank you to NetGalley and Putnam for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. CW: growing up with an ill parent (MS), death of a parent, grief, depression, miscarriages, drug use while pregnant, suicidal ideation (side character), gaslighting, infidelity, husband is a children's cancer doctor This was the heaviest of Jill Santopolo's books I've read so far and I'm not sure I was prepared for how heavy with the blurb. I do think this book could be triggering for people, dealing with so many heavy topics. This book takes place in the present, the past told through Emily's journal entries. This was also the lightest on the romance element I've read of this author's. I was not a fan of Rob her college boyfriend, and even less of a fan when he comes back into her life. I'll be honest that I'm not sure the story was served by the added love triangle aspect. Emily's passion for music and rediscovering herself after a loss was beautiful and the author's writing and prose are gorgeous as always, but I disliked both men in Emily's life. The short chapters made it difficult for her husband to redeem himself and left me unsure if the problems were truly dealt with. I think without Rob coming back and concentrating on her relationship with her husband I would have loved this one more. I'm also just not a fan of infidelity in books and this crosses that line, Rob has zero respect for the fact that Emily is married. Rating: 3 Steam: 2 (vague details ultimately fade to black)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Everything After is such a wonderful book. I quickly flew through it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a touching story about Emily, who is trying to find out who she wants to be and what she wants to do with her life. Everything After consists of a love triangle, but it's not only that. It doesn't solely focus on love, but also on self development and finding out who you are. The bond Emily and her sister Ari shared was very special to read and I loved that it was mentioned so clearly. The short Everything After is such a wonderful book. I quickly flew through it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a touching story about Emily, who is trying to find out who she wants to be and what she wants to do with her life. Everything After consists of a love triangle, but it's not only that. It doesn't solely focus on love, but also on self development and finding out who you are. The bond Emily and her sister Ari shared was very special to read and I loved that it was mentioned so clearly. The short chapters made this book quick and easy to read. I loved that there were two types of chapter: Emily now and Emily in the past throughout her diary. This really added to the story and makes the reader discover Emily's past. Because you know her past, you can understand the things she does better. This book was written very powerfully and it really touched me to the core. This made me really excited to read The Light We Lost and More Than Words soon! TW: miscarriage, growing up with an ill parent, death of a parent, grief, depression, drug use while pregnant, infidelity Thank you for the free e-book, Penguin Random House. This in no way affected my opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Emily has what could be perceived as the perfect life. She's a college psychologist, married to Ezra, a pediatric oncologist, and they are trying for their first baby. And then, in the lyrics of a song, the past comes rushing back. I feel like this is one of those books it's best to go in not knowing too much about it. I had similar experiences to Emily both as a college-age and 30-something woman so this story really resonated with me. It was a very emotional story for me and I read parts with t Emily has what could be perceived as the perfect life. She's a college psychologist, married to Ezra, a pediatric oncologist, and they are trying for their first baby. And then, in the lyrics of a song, the past comes rushing back. I feel like this is one of those books it's best to go in not knowing too much about it. I had similar experiences to Emily both as a college-age and 30-something woman so this story really resonated with me. It was a very emotional story for me and I read parts with tears streaming down my face. If this is your first book by this author, then you absolutely have to read The Light We Lost (5 stars) and More Than Words (5 stars). Santopolo has made my auto-buy, must-read list of authors! I received an advanced digital copy of this book; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris Markley

    Emily has crafted a life she thought she wanted after a devastating breakup in college. When a tragedy and a song on the radio brings back the decisions of the past she finds herself wondering if she made the right choices. Is she happy in her life without music? Can she pursue the dreams of the past and be in her marriage? A story of love and loss and the choices we make. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    This was one of the most emotional books I’ve read. Romantic with deep issues like infertility, miscarriages, grief and self doubt. This is a book about coming to a cross roads and following your heart. Keep a box of tissues you’ll need them!! Loved this book! Jill is a new to me author and I can’t wait to read everything else she writes. Thanks to netgalley, the publisher and author for an early read

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cara Moran

    Loved. Similar to The Light We Lost, I feel like Jill Santopolo does such a great job of portraying relatable characters and relationships, flaws and all. It's also incredibly refreshing and engaging to read a novel where I can't see the conclusion coming from a mile away. Loved. Similar to The Light We Lost, I feel like Jill Santopolo does such a great job of portraying relatable characters and relationships, flaws and all. It's also incredibly refreshing and engaging to read a novel where I can't see the conclusion coming from a mile away.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This is a very lovely novel. Emma recounts the story of her college love affair at the same time she is navigating the difficult waters of her troubled marriage. The catalysts for much of the novel are the stories of pregnancies and the trauma of miscarriage. There is so much goodness in the novel that I was rooting for all the characters. Emma is a caring psychologist working with troubled college students, her husband Ezra is a dedicated pediatric oncologist. Humans don’t get any more caring t This is a very lovely novel. Emma recounts the story of her college love affair at the same time she is navigating the difficult waters of her troubled marriage. The catalysts for much of the novel are the stories of pregnancies and the trauma of miscarriage. There is so much goodness in the novel that I was rooting for all the characters. Emma is a caring psychologist working with troubled college students, her husband Ezra is a dedicated pediatric oncologist. Humans don’t get any more caring than these two. Yet, their marriage was shaken with a series of events and miscommunications. Emma had given up music after her youthful breakup, but events conspired to remind her that it was part of her soul. Again, love being central to every part of this novel. I think that’s why I enjoyed this book so much, the author has made this novel a vehicle for many different kinds of love. She explores romantic love, sibling love, parental love, love of music, and the mature love between adults. Beautifully written with the 2 strands of Emma’s life coming together and allowing the reader to see love, growth and maturity. I think reading groups will enjoy this exploration of a woman’s life and feelings. Thank you Netgalley for this opportunity to read and review this utterly engaging novel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Yna the Mood Reader

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I tried writing a review twice. As I wrote out the plot, it became clear I didn’t like this book that much. So it went from three stars to two and here’s why: (My review is as long as the novel. Sorry.) I picked up this book because I loved Daisy Jones and the Six, and this book said it had a touch of that. By “touch”, it means two characters in a band who have chemistry and write songs together. The book follows Emily through present (third person narrator) and past (journal entries) as she deals I tried writing a review twice. As I wrote out the plot, it became clear I didn’t like this book that much. So it went from three stars to two and here’s why: (My review is as long as the novel. Sorry.) I picked up this book because I loved Daisy Jones and the Six, and this book said it had a touch of that. By “touch”, it means two characters in a band who have chemistry and write songs together. The book follows Emily through present (third person narrator) and past (journal entries) as she deals with loss and choices she’s made because of loss. The book explores what ifs, choices and how said choices or lack thereof affect our path in life. The book takes care to explore the pain of miscarriage, but it is hard to empathize with the character because she is not a believable character in any version presented. When I met Emily she is a professional women who wants to start a family. Ok, I know people like that, I’ve been her— but then I find out she is married to the perfect man— a doctor who is everything she ever wanted and needs (not her journal entry by the way, this is portrayed in the third person present). Then, three pages after that, I’m reading a journal entry of a deeply depressed college student who lost a baby. I slowly realize this is past Emily— a piano virtuoso who was on her way to fully realizing her dream of becoming a famous musician on tour with her equally perfect charismatic, guitar playing, 70s music loving FIRST love. I discover they fell in love with each other because of their mutual love for music. They were living by the holy trinity of music— sex, drugs, and rock and roll. So her life was going well for a while in college. Even when she finds out she’s pregnant, her boyfriend isn’t horrible about it, he’s just torn because their dream is to tour and be famous musicians. She is just not sure if pregnancy is what she wants. However, Emily doesn’t have to make the choice between mother hood and fame because a horrible accident happens. She falls out of a tree house. That part was pretty anticlimactic, but probably the most relatable thing she’s done so far. The fall breaks her arm and causes her to lose the baby. She breaks up with her boyfriend because she can’t play anymore (she tries when her arm is out of the cast but it’s too painful). He disappears and so does that part of her. UNTIL, she and doctor miscarry and she pours her soul out on the piano at a hospital event, oh yeah, a song her long lost musician man wrote for her (despite a decade, a marriage, a divorce, and two girls). He never knew she could play, what else doesn’t he know? They argue and she reveals he doesn’t really know much about her at all because she basically became the girl she thought she wanted so she didn’t have to be alone— she didn’t say that last part, but that’s pretty obvious when you read it—and besides he has secrets too. Like he didn’t tell her about his bad day at work and break doctor patient confidentiality like a good husband would. Doc, being mad that she failed to communicate which he is totally against, decides the best move for him is to take some time away to collect his thoughts and... stop communicating... with her... Before Doc’s side of the bed gets cold, Emily is looking up music man on social media and taking a lighter with her to ignite that old flame. Not that she needs it because music man is such a hopeless romantic he looks for her at every concert hoping she’ll pick up his not so secret message of love he released on top forty radio. At this point, I didn’t even like Doc, and I kind of rooted for Emily to just leave him and get with music man because he is an open, honest, passionate guy— total opposite of Doc. Sure, he’s blatantly confessing his love and flirting with a married woman— I’m supposed to ignore that and root for true love, right? *sarcasm* That’s not what the author was saying I should want, and I commend her for wanting to have the characters value their vows. However, it was a case of telling not showing. Everything showed Emily wanting to be this free spirit and Doctor not knowing her truly at all. The journal starts telling me about what a sweetheart Doc used to be attempting to sway my heart. That was the problem with the novel though. The author wanted me to root for Doc and Emily, but showed all of Doc’s good qualities in the past through Emily’s depressed and lonely eyes. His present self didn’t have any of that until about the last three chapters. And Emily molded herself to be what he wanted so much she buried all of her identity. In contrast, Music man was shown in growth and maturity (ok, maturity is stretching it) in the present. In the present, Emily is so attracted to music man she can’t contain it, yet, I’m also supposed to believe that she loves Doc. The author says Emily is in love with Doc and wants her marriage to work, but also has her kiss music man, flirt like mad, escape to Mexico to stay at his freaking villa and sing with him on stage, things I could look over as moments of weakness in pain and grief. BUT the author also reveals even more important events like Emily being happy for the first time in a while, find herself again, and shows how he helps her get there. You don’t do all that and expect me to believe she still loves Doctor or even needs him in her life. But the author makes sure I know who Emily chooses when she has Emily write her first song and it’s about Doc. She and music man come to terms that she truly loves Doc because she wrote a song about how he broke her heart (even though she wrote in a journal for a decade about how much she lost and regretted leaving music man but music is louder than journal entries). Anyway, she and Doctor get back together, he decides to support her, learns how to be open despite (that not being his natural personality at all), and is no longer jealous of music man— who still wants to go on tour with Emily and, miraculously, is able to put aside all love and flirtatious instincts to just be her friend. That part was actually painful to read because he was so obviously in love with her, it almost came across as cruel the way Emily behaved toward him. Yes, this dumpster fire of a love triangle was wrapped up neatly— well, more like someone found a dirty tarp and threw it over the flame hoping it’d work to put it out because that ending wasn’t the slightest bit believable. I definitely had questions. To come full circle with the miscarriage arc, Emily is pregnant, but wait, does she even want to have a baby now that she has music back? She didn’t seem to know, until someone told her she could have both! This book said it was a book of what ifs, but it was a question of what do I want. Emily wanted it all (or did she even know what she wanted?), and she got it all— she fixed her marriage, had a baby, and went on tour with her old flame— making all these messy conflicts resolve simply discredits the story. It seemed everything would work out just fine for them all and that’s just not believable.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf

    15 years ago, after breaking her hand, Emily lost her ability to play music without pain. In losing music, she also lost Rob. Now she lives a very different life, but her past is still with her. When she and her husband Ezra finally get pregnant and it ends in miscarriage, Emily feels like everything is falling apart. When Rob shows back up in her life, will she be able to keep her vows to Ezra? This was such a beautiful story of love, loss, forgiveness, and hope. I loved that it was split betwee 15 years ago, after breaking her hand, Emily lost her ability to play music without pain. In losing music, she also lost Rob. Now she lives a very different life, but her past is still with her. When she and her husband Ezra finally get pregnant and it ends in miscarriage, Emily feels like everything is falling apart. When Rob shows back up in her life, will she be able to keep her vows to Ezra? This was such a beautiful story of love, loss, forgiveness, and hope. I loved that it was split between present day and Emily’s journal entries speaking to her unborn child from 15 years ago. I loved following Emily is she tried to find what she really wanted out of life, and how that effected the people she cared about. I had trouble putting this one down, I just wanted to keep reading and find out what happened. As always, Jill Santopolo wove a beautiful story with her fantastic writing that left you wanting more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Rauch

    I haven’t had many books this year that I’ve really loved reading, so I was so excited when I started reading this one. I loved it so much and devoured it in two sittings. Everything After is the story of Emily and the choices she made with a college boyfriend that lead her down a path to her current husband and career. After seeing the college boyfriend again, she begins to question those choices. This book was a complex narrative romance set in her current life while reading her journal about t I haven’t had many books this year that I’ve really loved reading, so I was so excited when I started reading this one. I loved it so much and devoured it in two sittings. Everything After is the story of Emily and the choices she made with a college boyfriend that lead her down a path to her current husband and career. After seeing the college boyfriend again, she begins to question those choices. This book was a complex narrative romance set in her current life while reading her journal about the college boyfriend throughout. I loved the format. I loved seeing her rediscover music. I loved hearing how performing made her feel whole. I loved seeing how Emily and Ezra both grow throughout the story. Everything After deals with the complexities of marriage, miscarriage, and choice. (CW: miscarriage is discussed a lot) Side note: loved how Ezra was a peds heme/onc doctor. I could relate to all of those emotions. ❤️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    EVERYTHING AFTER BY JILL SANTOPOLO I was absolutely charmed by reading Jill Santopolo's latest page turner called, "Everything After." This is the type of book that makes me feel very happy throughout while reading it. It is one of my favorite types of reading experience's because I love being pulled right into the story from the very first page and holds my interest throughout the whole novel. Seriously, I guarantee you that while reading this story, you will want to keep reading it until, sadly EVERYTHING AFTER BY JILL SANTOPOLO I was absolutely charmed by reading Jill Santopolo's latest page turner called, "Everything After." This is the type of book that makes me feel very happy throughout while reading it. It is one of my favorite types of reading experience's because I love being pulled right into the story from the very first page and holds my interest throughout the whole novel. Seriously, I guarantee you that while reading this story, you will want to keep reading it until, sadly you have read the final page. It has many themes that many women grapple with at some stage of their lives. Most of us marry during some point of our lives. Then we decide if the marriage is successful whether or not we want to have children. When is it the right time? If we are lucky we conceive a child when we are ready and if we are lucky we have a relatively easy pregnancy and give birth. It is love at first sight from the moment that we look at our baby. We all think that our children are the most beautiful miracles that we have ever laid eyes on. My two are all grown up with one turning 23, next month and my youngest turning 19 the month after that. They still need me but actually act like the opposite is true. Reading this story reminded me of a feeling that I often wish was still within my power to do. That wish is that sometimes I could have more which is biologically impossible at my age. Still I had one miscarriage at eight weeks pregnant before my second attempt gifted me with my wonderful first born. I understood and empathized with our protagonist named Emily. Emily is a successful psychologist who works with young adults in New York City's University College of Global Public Health. She is happily married to Ezra, who is a pediatric oncologist. This story is different in terms of Emily suffering the blues after having a miscarriage. Both her and Ezra grieve their loss in completely different ways. This is the cause for the story to become unique and able to captivate a woman of my age. Emily wants Ezra to go through the pain and loss of their miscarriage with her. We all process life's disappointments in a way that we are used to coping. So when Ezra's decision to go back to work differs from Emily's she feels that he is shutting her out and imagines that he doesn't seem as affected by their shared loss. When Emily finally decides to get out of bed and go back to work she hears a song she suspects is her college sweetheart Rob's and goes so far as to imagine that the song is about her. She used to play the keyboards while Rob played the guitar in a band while they were in college. So she looks up where he is living and finds out the song that she hears on the radio is about her. Ezra is staying overnight taking on another doctor's shift and then he is staying away an extra night helping out his parents. Is he avoiding Emily? Emily finds out that Rob is on tour and is recently divorced. He happens to be playing that night close by. On impulse and curiosity Emily calls the venue and purchases one ticket at the bar to Rob's show. The hit single is about the one who got away. During his performance he recognizes Emily in the crowd and invites her up on the stage to perform their duet. I won't say anything else for fear of spoiling this fantastic story for the readers that have not yet read this. There are so many themes explored is this exquisitely written novel. There is no infidelities to be found here. There are discoveries of the self of long buried passions to do with the love of making music. Does Emily still want to play the keyboards that she gave up in college? How important is music in your life? Have you ever before played a musical instrument? Do you follow your dreams and passions? Can the marriage with Ezra be saved? Do your feelings ever completely die with your first powerful love? This may sound like it can only be appreciated by a twenty year old or someone in their thirties but I can attest that this is a story that is to be savored and enjoyed by women at any age. I loved it and it has me so enamored with this author's writing that I am going to read her former work next. This has already been published so I implore you to read this heart warming story for woman of all ages that are still open to expanding their own interest's and self discovery. Unforgettable. Timeless. Heartwarming. Publication Date: March 9, 2021 Thank you to Net Galley, Jill Santopolo, and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam-G P Putnam's Sons for generously providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. #EverthingAfter #JillSantopolo #PenguinGroupPutnamGPPutnam'sSons #NetGalley

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