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  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Avon A; 1 edition (18 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061894478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061894473
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pub Date: 2010-05-18 Pages: 368 Language: English Publisher:. HarperCollins US Music plays Dad appears I walk with him. eyes fastened to the floor When I look up. something is very wrong There are three grooms.... This is the story of Quinn-born Prudence Quinn OMalley-a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now. at an existential crossroads in her life. Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career. love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding. and whisks her away to Paris just to propose. But then Quinn has a dream featuring judges and handcuffs and Nietzsche and Britney... and far too many grooms. Suddenly. her future isnt so clear. Quinns world has become a minefield of men-some living. some gone. and traversing it safely is going to take a lot more than num...

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I laughed, I cried and I smiled goofily to myself... this book was well written and enjoyable, certainly worth the confused looks from fellow plane passengers.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Kind of gloomy for chick lit 11 April 2011
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, I got the book because I was kind of excited for a book about post-marriage. But this is all pre-marriage. Probably my fault for not reading the back of the cover carefully. Yeah, I pretty much bought the book because of the pretty picture on the front and the fact it's chick lit.

It was not a happy book, though. I was reading it and wondering if the author had someone killed in the 9/11 attacks. It was the traditional sappy love story chick lit but then there were these gloomy references to 9/11 in there and how the main character's father was killed in the attacks. (Ironically, despite this, the main character thinks it's absolutely horrible that another family keeps the memory of someone killed tragically alive). Maybe the 9/11 references were there to add gravitas but it just didn't work. This is not the type of book one reads for profound meaning.

Another thing that didn't work for me was the fact that the main character turned out to be...well, a pretty horrible person after all, a hypocrite, among other vices. I was kind of liking her for a while, but then realized she was selfish and inconsiderate and not someone I should've been rooting for. I had to finish the book to realize how few redeeming qualities she had.

Charming princes? Check. A worthy heroine? Fail. A funny book? Fail. A profound book? Fail.

To be fair, it wasn't a bad book. There are worse ways to spend your time. It just wasn't funny or meaningful or really that interesting. I probably would've liked it more if the the heroine wasn't so personally flawed. Or if her love interests weren't so perfect. A flawed woman needs a flawed man. As a reader, I felt cheated when I finished the book and realized I'd been rooting for a witch the whole time.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Truly Awful 25 Oct. 2011
By Liz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a truly awful book. The writing is amateurish, worse than a lot of romantic novels. I was looking for a relaxing, but decently written read. This was just painful. Do yourself a favor and avoid it. For someone who advertises her academic credentials so blatantly, this author does not appear to have the vaguest understanding of what good writing is. She attempts to go for some sort of Kafkaesque dream sequence in the first chapter. It is just a meandering, meaningless bunch of gibberish aspiring to be something literary. Ugh.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
YES to Life after Yes 18 May 2010
By Lindsey M. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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The time has come ... (I keep hearing, in my head, "the walrus said, to talk of many things...") But the time has come. It's here. Life After Yes debuts today and I whole-heartedly encourage you to order it. It's been such a pleasure and an honor to live this process a little bit, vicariously, through Aidan. I read snippets of the book as she revised it, listening to Coldplay, at Starbucks. I saw the cover before it was final. And, finally, last week I got to hold it in my hands. And read it. And revel in it.

Life After Yes is, first and foremost, an absolute pleasure to read. I gulped it down in two sittings. Aidan's characters are human and likeable, despite their real and visible flaws. The dialog is real, the descriptions of New York vivid, the particular moment in life recognizable to all who've been through it.

But Life After Yes also dares to ask some big questions. The book is, in my view, about two main things: about the ways that loss echoes through our lives, crippling and humbling us in ways we cannot anticipate, and about the various crutches and devices we use to keep ourselves from embracing life, from saying, wholeheartedly, YES.

The book's protagonist, Quinn, lives in the shadow of her father's unexpected death on 9/11. This is particularly poignant because any reader of Aidan's blog knows that she lost her father very recently. It gives me shivers to think that Aidan wrote this novel before her father was sick, as though her subconscious was prodding her to work through this particular life passage in advance of needing its wisdom. Quinn's fiance, Sage, also struggles with a deep loss. The way that Quinn and Sage and others around them (in particular, each of their mothers) reckon with the ramifications of these deaths forms the beating heart of the book.

Quinn's story is also about the myriad ways that we hide from true and honest engagement in our lives. Aidan explores thoughtfully all the various tools that people use to numb themselves, to avoid really looking at the core of who they are and what they have chosen. There is alcohol, there is empty flirtation and sex, there is betrayal, there is plain old denial. We watch Quinn realize the futility of all of these crutches, and ultimately we see the beauty and joy that is possible when we overcome the human instinct to hide from ourselves. Part of this process for Quinn is also about letting go of her need to follow the yellow brick road, the path of great adulation and achievement. I relate to this keenly, and particularly loved the passage where Quinn begins to trust her inner compass:

Something clicks. I've spent my whole life stockpiling reasons - for why I should go to law school, or become a litigator, or become a wife. Maybe some things don't need justification to be right. Maybe instinct is the best measure.

There are other themes in Life After Yes. Quinn's maturation into herself is integral to the plot, and we watch her dreams of how her life would be confront the reality of how it actually is with results that are sometimes bitter, sometimes beautiful. Life After Yes is also a love letter to New York, and Aidan's abiding love of the city she grew up in and still calls home radiates from every page. The law firm where Quinn works illustrates the alternative universe some professions inhabit, where a very different morality passes for normal and where people are so good at their facades that they can lose sight of their actual selves.

I loved Life After Yes. This book is fun to read and also full of provocative questions and lingering meaning. I can't imagine a more compelling combination. I am proud of my friend and very honored to have been able to read this book. I heartily encourage you to do so as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Life After Yes is a great read and will leave you wanting more! 3 Aug. 2010
By agadiee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Life After Yes is a book that I could not put down and I even found myself spending my lunch hour reading rather than doing much needed errands.

Quinn is a strong lead character and woman who managed to be both confident and self assured while also showing vulnerability and emotion. I felt as if I related to Quinn's struggles and questions about the "what ifs" that come after saying yes.

While Life After Yes was a quick read and could be labeled under the 'chick lit' tag it is not a no brainier kind of book. The writing is clever and the language choices are smart and very much a cut above your normal 'chick lit' read.

I found myself hoping very much for more work from this Freshman author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A New Favorite Novel 3 Sept. 2010
By pleasantvalley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of those rare books when I wanted to simultaneously devour it in one sitting but also to pace myself so as to have more to enjoy later. Although set around the engagement period of a young woman's life, it is far from the usual fluffy chic-lit story. It wrestles with the deeper questions of love, loss, identity, and tragedy both on the national and personal scale. Even so, it is a wonderful read, the plot moves along and is full of the unexpected twists that happen in real life. The characters are well-rounded and believable and no matter if you live in Manhattan or the Midwest, they are easy to relate to. A wonderful, well-written story and one you won't soon forget after reading.
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