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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mini review: Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Pages: 368
Publisher: Avon
Source: Publisher 

Goodreads Description:

"Music plays. Dad appears. I walk with him, eyes fastened to the floor. When I look up, something is very wrong. There are three grooms."This is the story of Quinn—born Prudence Quinn O'Malley—a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding, and whisks her away to Paris just to propose. But then Quinn has a dream featuring judges and handcuffs and Nietzsche and Britney . . . and far too many grooms. Suddenly, her future isn't so clear. Quinn's world has become a minefield of men—some living, some gone, and traversing it safely is going to take a lot more than numerous glasses of pinot grigio.Life After Yes is a blisteringly honest, thoroughly modern tale of life and love in chaos, marking the arrival of a truly exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

Overall Impression:

I wanted to love this one, I really did but I couldn't enjoy the characters. Quinn, the heroin of the novel is recently engaged and very undecided. Having lost her father in the 9/11 attacks, she's uncovered many secrets, secrets that have left her confused and angry with her father. At the same time Quinn is not sure she's over her first love, leaving her reluctant to walk up the aisle. In fact, the 9/11 attacks have left her questioning everything she thought she had figured out in life. She becomes a very unhappy and indecisive woman.

My main issue with the novel is that I really couldn't relate to Quinn in anyway. I thought she was self-centered and annoying. I expected much more from this novel, and it may have been that I read this book at the wrong time in my life. I'm completely opposite of this character, and wasn't sure what to make of her. I've read some very mixed reviews, and I kept putting off this review because I wasn't sure what to say. If this one sounds like your type of novel, give it a try. 

I've seen this one categorized as Chick-lit and I think that's very wrong. I'm going to categorize this one as contemporary fiction. 

I do have to say one thing, the cover...BEAUTIFUL!


  1. When a main character is unlikeable it is hard to enjoy the story, so I sympathize with your sentiments.

  2. You would think losing her father would make her less self centered. I'll have to think about this one.

  3. I agree with you that the cover is beautiful. That dress just begs for a gal to be twirling in it. Sorry the story didn't pan out for you.

  4. too bad... this one won't make it to my list now...

  5. Bum deal, because as you said, the cover is beautiful! But yeah, I can see how the characters turned you off from the story.