After the Game

After the Game

Book - 2017 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
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Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, she was called a liar by everyone, and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s. Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most. When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid. But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781481438933 (hbk.)
148143893X (hbk.)
Branch Call Number: Y GLINES
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 03, 2017

When I got this book, I thought I knew exactly what would happen… I didn’t. It threw me into a loop. It was so much better than I thought it would be. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it anywhere close to how I enjoyed the first in the series (Until Friday Night, this is actually the third book in the series). I will not lie, I love the first book more. I do think it is that way because I read it first, but this book is a very close second. What I enjoyed was he author incorporated the other characters (couple wise) from the previous two books in a way that you got to catch up with how they are, yet you really were not focused on them. I think the author did an amazing job with this book too. The main characters, Brady and Riley are able to create such an amazing environment, with their actions and words. You really get to see what Riley struggles with in the town and how she is able to not only over come what she is forced into, but excels in it and does not take it as a curse, but as a blessing. I definitely recommend this novel. I give this book 4.3 out of 5 stars. @hdreviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Brady Higgen's life is turned upside down when he gives Riley Young and her baby, Bryony, a ride home when he sees them stranded outside in the rain. For the past few years, Brady, like everyone else in Lawton, believed that Riley falsely accused Lawton's beloved boy, Rhett, of rape. Now Riley is back in Lawton and she no longer cares if anyone believes her. From that simple act of kindness, Brady begins to realize how despicable the people of Lawton truly are. Tensions arises when Brady and Riley's friendship blossoms into something much more complicated. To be honest, this book was not as captivating as the first two books in the series. I felt that there was no chemistry between Brady and Riley; they just didn't connect for me. To make matters worse, the ending was rushed and just horribly unrealistic. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The third book in the field party series and this book focuses on Riley Young, the town’s liar and Brady Higgens, the town's golden boy. After being driven out of the town because she accused the oldest Lawton son of rape, Riley is back in town with her baby girl and with no intentions of being part of the community. But when Brady gives her and her baby a ride home when they get caught in a storm, Riley realizes she misses having a friend her age. After time they start hanging out more and become good friends, but they are faced with the challenge of the town hating Brady due to his association with her. I like this series because it is based all in the same town and group of friends but each book focuses on a different character and their story. You get to see how they see things and you still get all the other characters, even if they are just in the background. Also it is cool because Riley’s story has been mentioned in past books. Rating 5 out 5 stars
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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