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When Tomorrow Starts Without Me – Book Review

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This is a new book by Stacy Claflin, which is now available on Amazon.  Please be aware that this book can be uncomfortable for some readers since there are scenes and discussions that include suicide, rape, depression and bullying.

Kenna is a young woman that tries to commit suicide, but is stopped at the last minute by Rogan. She has endured so much in her young life that she’s ready to stop the pain and heartbreak. Rogan just happens to be in the forest with Kenna and saves her life. He is intrigued by her and why she’s gotten to this place, and talks her into having lunch with him. Kenna isn’t sure what to make of this guy, but decides that one last meal won’t hurt. They are an unlikely pair, her from the “bad” side of town while he lives in luxury with everything that he wants and needs at his fingertips, but they connect and Kenna moves in with Rogan and his family. Kenna is struggling to find out more about her past, when her dad drops a bombshell and tells says that she’s adopted. Not sure what to do, Kenna and Rogan begin searching for her adopted mother and soon finds out that things are not as they seem. Rogan is in a band that has been working it’s way towards getting an agent and contract so they can make it big. As can be expected, there is a lot of drama between bandmates and their girlfriends. They are each doing their best to solve the problems that keep popping up, and forge a strong relationship because of their trust and support for one another.

I am not sure yet if I like this book. The story is very easy to read, the plot uncomplicated and there are no editing errors that break the flow of the book. I was able to finish this book in one sitting since it’s a shorter book then I usually read.

I think that the issues that are brought up in the book, while sensitive in nature, are ones that should be brought up and talked about more. Too many young people today think suicidal thoughts or attempt it because they feel like they are all alone and there isn’t anyone that can help them. At the same time, it’s almost like Kenna’s thoughts and feelings are superficial or stereotypical. It read to me as if Claflin tried her best to capture what depression and suicidal thoughts are like for someone to live with, but she couldn’t go too deep because she’s never experienced it, so there’s not very realistic. And while I like that there is a HEA, I’m not sure if it was meant to be. The book struggles with balancing romance and depression, and the ending just didn’t quite fit.

Overall, this is a good book to read. Like I previously stated, it’s a very quick and easy to read book that brings up some important talking points about depression and bullying that I think young adults and teens should discuss. I would have like to see her go a little deeper with the characters, especially Kenna, but I can see why it wasn’t possible.

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