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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Buxbaum Narrator: Amber Sealey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780307578181
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It happened on a tree-lined street in Notting Hill to a woman who seemed to have the perfect life. Ellie Lerner’s best friend, Lucy, was murdered in front of her young daughter. And, as best friends do, Ellie dropped everything to travel to London and pick up the pieces of Lucy’s life. While Lucy’s husband, Greg, copes with his grief by retreating into himself, eight-year-old Sophie has simply stopped speaking.

Desperate to help Sophie, Ellie turns to a book that gave her comfort as a child, The Secret Garden. The two spend hours exploring the novel’s winding passageways, its story of hurt, magic, and healing blooms around them.

But secrets Lucy kept, even from her best friend, emerge. Over a summer in London, as Ellie peels back the layers of her friend’s life, she’s forced to confront her own as well: the marriage she left behind, the loss she’d hoped to escape. And suddenly Ellie’s carefully constructed existence is spinning out of control in a chain of events that will transform her life, and those around her, forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • I sat down to start Julie Buxbaum's glorious second novel, After You, and could not get up until I was finished After You is a surprising, funny, and deeply moving novel about how we learn to take care of the people who matter most to us—and, if we are lucky, learn to care for ourselves in the process.  With Buxbaum's signature wit and warmth, After You is the perfect companion to The Opposite of Love.  Read it.  Just make sure you have nowhere to be that day... Laura Dave, author of The Divorce Party
  • Pitch-perfect from the very first page, After You is a tender, gripping story of how far we sometimes need to wander in order to find our way back home. A must-read for anyone who has ever wondered how to jump start her life, and really, isn’t that all of us? Allison Winn Scotch, author of Time of My Life
  • Buxbaum writes with honesty and grace about the things we know about our friends and the things we wish we didn't.   After You highlights—beautifully and compellingly—the truth that sometimes we have to
    lose the people closest to us to find ourselves.
    Jodi Picoult, author of Handle with Care and My Sister’s Keeper

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solvej | 2/19/2014

    " Indtil videre helt fantastisk!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawnt | 2/14/2014

    " had to give up for awhile - wasn't into it. I really wanted to like it, maybe later! Just sort of slow, and couldn't get into the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 1/31/2014

    " It wasn't bad it just wasn't great. I wanted to care more about the characters but everytime it got to that point she drifted into another direction. THe best character was Sophie. I wish it had centered more on her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/26/2014

    " It was a great summer read. Not terribly deep or introspective, but a really enjoyable easy read. Oh,and it made me want to re-read The Secret Garden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carley | 1/11/2014

    " The emotions expressed throughout the story really helped to carry the book. The plot is nothing really new, the characters are all familiar but the way the emotions were expressed was handled in such a real and raw way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Pashlin | 1/1/2014

    " This was a fast one day read. I liked the book that for me was filled with all the cliches I was expecting. For that it got only three stars. For someone who wants an easy read fast paced book this fits the bill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loveyfly | 9/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 9/2/2013

    " Quite good, loved how they tied in one character from her last book (which was better than this one to be honest). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 8/8/2013

    " I really liked this book. First time I have read this author. Other than my NOT fave word being in there it was a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 7/31/2013

    " Love the way this author writes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 7/28/2013

    " Book club choice which I just couldn't get into. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the book club meeting - fortunately that meant I didn't have to finish the book!! It was just not my kind of read and I couldn't work up enough interest in story line or the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neelam | 1/6/2013

    " This is a book about many different kinds of loss and recovering from those losses. Fictional, but has many good messages. Also the author states that it is a love letter to "The Secret Garden", one of my favs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jann | 10/7/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Thought the ending would be different but still satisfied with it. I really like this author and the way she writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Mullins | 9/8/2012

    " Pretty easy read with interesting characters and plot. A little predictable though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 6/23/2012

    " This book was well written but for me I wasn't gripped by the story or the characters. They didn't seem real or believable. I thought there might be some mystery in the storyline and was disappointed that it was instead merely chick-lit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 2/22/2012

    " This book was just ok for me. It took me about a month to read it. I couldn't really get into it. I thought there would be more of a climax to it and was actually eager to read it. I kind of feel let down. It just never really went anywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess Riley | 2/2/2012

    " Julie is such an amazing writer... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deb Korch | 1/26/2012

    " I thought this book was simply boring. The one saving grace would have been to add a twist at the end but the red herring led nowhere . My library is discussing this book this month and I don't think I should go to it because I dislike being so negative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/22/2012

    " Great story. Fun as a Brit to see an American in Britain, and her take on things. Really well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 1/21/2012

    " Your average mindless read. Enjoyed it while I read it, but nothing extraordinary or different than any they book Ive read sitting in the sand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Lynn | 11/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this. There were many ways this book could have concluded, depending on which path the character (and author) chose, and while I had no problem with the way it ended, it seemed a bit abrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley (angelashly) | 5/7/2011

    " Great book. Plan to pass it around to friends "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/27/2011

    " I enjoyed this. There were many ways this book could have concluded, depending on which path the character (and author) chose, and while I had no problem with the way it ended, it seemed a bit abrupt. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 3/12/2011

    " Book club choice which I just couldn't get into. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the book club meeting - fortunately that meant I didn't have to finish the book!! It was just not my kind of read and I couldn't work up enough interest in story line or the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 3/10/2011

    " I really liked this book. A quick read that pulls on your heart strings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/26/2011

    " Lovely, compelling, and carefully-detailed -- I fell in love with the characters from the beginning, and I'm now hoping for a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/13/2011

    " Pretty good for a chick lit book. Could totally see this as being made into a movie with Sandra Bullock as Ellie. I would read more from this author. A fast read with depth. Would reccommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/12/2011

    " Easy read. Similar to Jodi Picoult's style, though not quite as deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/9/2011

    " This was a beautiful story. I did not want it to end and need a part 2 please! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/27/2010

    " It is good but I feel there was a lot of filler in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becka | 12/26/2010

    " I really enjoy this author. I liked her other book "The Opposite of Love" better but thought this one was also well written. I can read her books in a day or two because I never want to put them down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/25/2010

    " Good book ... light, airy read addressing devastating emotions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/24/2010

    " This was a fast one day read. I liked the book that for me was filled with all the cliches I was expecting. For that it got only three stars. For someone who wants an easy read fast paced book this fits the bill. "

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About the Author
Author Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum is the author of the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You, and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Tell Me Three Things is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish.