After the Sirens
by Sharon Farrell
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Pub Date 13 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 27 Jun 2023
Living life with lights and sirens blaring. And homework.
When Cate’s parents derail her perfect NYC life with their monumentally ill-timed divorce, she kind of loses it.
By the time she gets it together, she’s in Miami with no friends and none of the classes and activities she imagined for her senior year of high school. So, she decides to blow it all up. Do something that defies everyone’s expectations.
A chance encounter with an EMS crew at the scene of an accident leads her to start training as an EMT while riding the city ambulances at night. Admittedly, she doesn’t understand any of this world. Not the people, not the rules, not the sense of humor. But she hangs in and surprises herself with some previously unknown talents and even a little gut instinct.
The more EMS takes over her life, the more she questions whether going back to New York and back to her old life is really what she wants. Until her complicated relationship with Adrian, a high school classmate and fellow EMT, leads her to take bigger and bigger risks to find the life she was meant to lead.
Together they try to figure it all out—high school, friends, parents, the future… and how to be an EMT and not kill anyone.
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Average rating from 21 members
Absolutely loved Cate whose life you feel as if you’re living. Cate is not happy having to move to Miami when her parents divorced. She’s miserable at school and has no friends. When her mother says do something valuable with your life, Cate signs up for an EMS program which changes her life in many ways. She makes new friends and Aidan, a classmate, finally talks to her and they begin dating. When Cate skips the SATs, she finally feels she has control of her life. Does her future include Adrian who was supposed to go to Yale? Would love to see a second book about Cate. Very informative seeing all what an EMT does.
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There was a lot to love about this book! Ms. Farrell creates a unique, interesting setting in the world of a teenage EMT and writes both Miami and New York very well. Additionally, she maintains a strong voice in writing the characters, There is a certain, singular energy to the story that feels really powerful. I will be on the lookout for future titles from this author!
4.5/5 stars! The author has a history as an EMT and it really shows in this exciting book about figuring out who we are and how we can grow. I really liked how in-depth this book was about life as an EMT without making it jargony or boring. Cate was relatable as a teenage girl and I think a lot of readers would connect with her.
I received an advance review copy for free through NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily
As EMS in my background I thought that this book was pretty good. It did hit on several things that most don't. It was a good book and I would definitely read it again.
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After the Sirens is the perfect YA novel that blends high school angst with the mature and real world pressures of EMS and EMT. Fans of YA will enjoy Cate as she grows through her new family dynamic, adjusts to a new state, and prepares for life after high school. I especially appreciate the author incorporating her own unique background in emergency services. The realistic medical storylines of nighttime ambulance rides in some way mirror the various transitions the characters experience during the day and after the sirens.