Book Review: After the Woods by Kim Savage

Posted June 7, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 15 Comments

Book Review: After the Woods by Kim SavageTitle: After The Woods
Author: Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux, Macmillan
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Length: 304 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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.

Book Quote

I become very still, trying to make myself shapeless so he’ll forget I am a GIRL, because that feels the most dangerous of all.

My Thoughts

After the Woods by Kim Savage was a compelling look into the after effects of trauma on a young girl and her family and friends.

I’m not a huge fan of contemporary YA and thus was very pleased to see that After the Woods had a little of everything including a great mystery and a very unexpectedly swoon worthy romance.

Julia is the perfect protagonist.

A great combination of witty and smart, brave yet reckless, and troubled at the same time. We love her but can’t help questioning how reliable she is as a narrator. I especially loved the relationship between Julia and her mother as well as the interactions between Julia and her therapist. Talk about snark! At times I caught myself laughing and then hastened to stop myself…thinking …I shouldn’t be laughing about this girl’s PTSD! But Julia doesn’t take herself too seriously which is one of her most charming characteristics.

Her disintegrating relationship with her best friend Liv and the burgeoning mystery that surrounds the actual events in the woods made for some very compelling reading. Kim Savage’s pacing was spot on and although, I never couldn’t put this one down…I rarely really wanted to. I was able to put the pieces together a bit sooner that I would have wished but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying the end of the book.

And last but certainly not least…we have the little bonus that is Kellan. Their interactions are completely charming…his wit and sense of humor perfectly matched hers which led to the most perfect chemistry between the two.

All in all After the Woods is a solid read with a unique perspective and thoroughly charming characters.

I definitely recommend this to Young Adult fans looking for something a bit out of the ordinary.

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About Kim Savage

Kim Savage

Kim Savage is the author of AFTER THE WOODS, a debut psychological thriller for young adults coming on Feb 23, 2016 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. Her second thriller for young adults comes from FSG is 2017. Before writing fiction, she worked as business journalist, pitching stories along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You get the idea.

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15 responses to “Book Review: After the Woods by Kim Savage

    • Melissa

      I tend to be the same with YA..and this one met my needs.

      And yes…I needed some blogging inspiration hence the facelift!

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