"Statistically speaking, girls like me don't come back when guys like Donald Jessup take us."
Julia knows she beat the odds. She escaped the kidnapper who hunted her in the woods for two terrifying nights that she can't fully remember. Now it's one year later, and a dead girl turns up in those same woods. The terrible memories resurface, leaving Julia in a stupor at awkward moments-in front of gorgeous Kellan MacDougall, for example.
At least Julia's not alone. Her best friend, Liv, was in the woods, too. When Julia got caught, Liv ran away. Is Liv's guilt over leaving Julia the reason she's starving herself? Is hooking up with Shane Cuthbert, an addict with an explosive temper, Liv's way of punishing herself for not having Julia's back? As the devastating truth about Liv becomes clear, Julia realizes the one person she thinks she knows best-Liv-is the person she knows least of all. And that after the woods was just the beginning.
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The Kids Are Alright
File this debut novel under 'Read in One Sitting' and 'Unputdownable'. A fast-paced read, this one is NOT just for the YA set. With believable characters, both real and flawed, the author is gifted in bringing adult readers back to the world of teenage GIRL relationships, with all their quirks and hurts and necessary forgiveness. After the Woods was well worth the time I should have spent on weekend chores.