The After Girls Young Adult Novel

Ella, Astrid and Sydney were planning the perfect summer after high school graduation. But when Astrid commits suicide, the girls’ world is shattered. Shouldn’t they have seen this coming? Couldn’t they have saved her?

As Ella hunts for answers and Sydney tries to dull the pain, a chilling message from Astrid leaves them wondering whether their beloved friend is communicating from the after world. The girls embark on a journey to uncover Astrid’s dark secrets, and the answers to the questions they never dreamed of asking will change their lives–forever. Read an excerpt.

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“This is a sensitive look at the wake of a friend’s suicide, infused with genuine emotion, hope, and just enough well-placed romance.”~Booklist

“This book was everything and nothing I excepted. It had me crying one minute, and angry the next. I can describe this book in two words: Profound Loss. So this book is overwhelmingly sad, beautifully written, and something I’m so glad I’ve read.” ~Reading by the Bookful

The After Girls is a little bit heartbreaking, but also honest and raw. Four stars! Throughout the novel, The After Girls kept me interested…. I recommend this one wholeheartedly for those readers who like to read about loss and mystery.” ~Panda Reads

“My favourite part of the book was definitely the eerie feeling Konen managed to portray. I was hooked to find out what was going on with the weird, supernatural-y occurrences. And the ending did surprise me, which I always enjoy! So hooray for a good ending!” ~Megan Talks Books

“Leah really gets gritty and brings the raw emotions that anyone can relate to when dealing with a friend’s death [and]…shows a very mature side to her writing and what she is about with her debut novel, The After Girls. I am curious to see what Leah comes out with next.” ~Cheryl’s Book Nook

“This book provides a realistic look at loss and how its grasp reaches far beyond a person’s death. The storyline is great, the mystery is thrilling and spooky, and the characters are interesting to watch as they fight past their own demons in an effort to grieve differently.” ~Literary Chameleon

“What the book wanted to tell has successfully been expressed by the story regardless if ghosts are real or not. It’s that in life, we lose some, we gain some. Losing someone would hurt a lot, it comes with regrets of things we could have done to save them, to stop them from leaving, but when it comes in the end, all we have to do is accept the fact the they’re gone, but we still have our lives, to live it and move on and let ourselves be healed.” ~The Bookgineer

“The Writing King of Difficult Subjects has to be John Green. After reading The After Girls, I would definitely put Ms. Konen in his court.”~Ink and Page

“The After Girls is a quiet, yet terrifying, yet hilarious story about friendship and loss.”~Teenage Writeland

“Deftly explores the grieving processes and pain of those left behind in a way that is both suspenseful and moving … A story of resilience and survival.  It is about being thankful for what we have when we have it and trying our utmost to support and love our friends while we can.”~Movies in My Head

“Eerie, dark, touching, and surprisingly romantic, Konen’s novel shows the reader how death can have the power to either destroy you, or make you stronger … an unforgettable tale of grief that will haunt the reader even after turning the last page.”~Confessions of a Book Addict

“A realistic look at loss and how it is always more far-reaching than we anticipate.”~You Can Read Me Anything

“Basically, I want to walk down the street and pass out copies to everyone I see. It’s so beautifully written, heart wrenching, suspenseful, and funny. I devoured this book in two days–it’s one where you look forward to your subway commute so you can read just a few more pages … beautifully written, heart wrenching, suspenseful, and funny.”~Bookstalker

“Incredible in the dedication Ella had with Astrid and trying to find out why she did what she did … a great book for young adults to learn that sometimes you have a greater impact on loved ones than you think you do.”~Community Bookstop

“A striking debut and an eerily good book… THE AFTER GIRLS is a vivid portrayal of interrupted lives and enduring friendships. It is as much about the known as the unknown and as much about healing as loss.”~Michael Northrop, author of TRAPPED and GENTLEMEN

“An arresting testimony to the haunting power of friendships, THE AFTER GIRLS is a story that understands what it is to be passionate, confused, and on the brink. I loved every resonant word.”~Micol Ostow, author of FAMILY

“Filled with relationship entanglements, unanswered questions, and long-buried secrets tinged with the supernatural, THE AFTER GIRLS captivates the reader long after the secrets of Astrid’s life are revealed.”~Megan Kelley Hall, author of DEAR BULLY, SISTERS OF MISERY and THE LOST SISTER

The After Girls is now available  from Merit Press Books.