Full Pour Review: Everything After

As anticipated, I thoroughly loved this new book by Jill Santopolo. It was an intense, heavy and stunningly unexpected love story with beautifully flawed characters that flooded me with so much emotion. Her stories about love and life are so powerful and relatable and I simply can’t get enough of them.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Two loves. Two choices. One chance to follow her dreams.

Emily has come a long way since she lost her two passions fifteen years ago: music, and Rob. She’s a psychologist at NYU who helps troubled college students like the one she once was. Together with her caring doctor husband, Ezra, she has a beautiful life. They’re happy. They hope to start a family. But when a tragic event in Emily’s present too closely echoes her past, and parts of her story that she’d hoped never to share come to light, her perfect life is suddenly upturned. Then Emily hears a song on the radio about the woman who got away. The melody and voice are hauntingly familiar. Could it be? As Emily’s past passions come roaring back into her life, she’ll find herself asking: Who is she meant to be? Who is she meant to love?”

My heart ached for Emily and everything that she was going through with grieving such deep loss and trying to discover the person she is meant to be. As the reader, you get to go on a beautiful journey with Emily through a compelling exploration of marriage and self-identity. I also absolutely adored Ezra and Rob and the unique relationships they had with Emily that not only helped her flourish into the person she was always meant to be, but helped her discover healing and happiness again through all of her losses.

I also really loved how large of a role music played in this story (fans of Daisy Jones and the Six would appreciate this), as well as how the story was written. While the book is told solely from Emily’s perspective, we flip from past and present tense with the past being told from Emily’s journal. Witnessing her healing through this is truly my favorite part of this book.

Hands down, another wonderful novel by Santopolo that will stay with me for a long time 💛 While I want to recommend this book to everyone, it absolutely comes with a few content warnings that should be noted such as miscarriage and infertility.

BEER RECOMMENDATION: Everything After by Jill Santopolo is best paired with Perfect Date by GearHouse Brewing Company. This delicious dessert sour ale is pink in color and tastes just like a strawberry shortcake 🍻

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