It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour After the Rain by Natália Gomes.
About the Author
Natália Gomes has an MLitt in Scottish Literature & Creative Writing and an MEd in Education. Inspired by her experiences as a special education coordinator in a public school district in the US, Natália started writing fiction with a focus on mental health among young adults. Her debut novel Dear Charlie is endorsed by Amnesty International and was longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award.
About the book
‘We’re alive. So let’s start living.’ – Two strangers – Jack was sporty and outgoing. Alice was bookish and introverted. Their lives were on completely different paths.
One life-changing tragedy – That is before the day they were in the wrong place at the wrong time: before the day their lives were torn apart in a bombing.
A hopeful new friendship – Struggling to cope with their new worlds, their unlikely new friendship helps them find hope. But can they help each other rebuild their lives and start again?
Jack and Alice become part of each others lives and forever entwined when they are both part of the same tragedy. It’s an event that changes both of them. Having to come to terms with the trauma, the pain and the guilt is a completely different journey for Alice and Jack.
The What If factor plays a role for the two of them. If they had gone their individual paths a few seconds earlier or one of them had gone in a different direction. What doesn’t really occur to either of them is that any of these alternatives could also have equalled death.
It’s not really about the two of them saving each other, although in a way they do that from time to time. It’s really about recognising that there is a way forward for each of them individually, but only after they have recognised what they need to heal, cope and move on.
Kudos to Gomes for keeping it simple and not feeling the need to add to the scenario, for not making this into another YA love goes into the night romcom. No really – it would have spoilt the whole premise. Grief, fear and survivor’s guilt should remain at the core of this story from start to finish. They do, which is why it is a good read.