Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: After by Amy Efaw

Released: August 11th, 2009
Published by: Viking Juvenile
Series: Stand Alone Novel
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Chapters
Page Amount: 350
School Rating: B+ (79%)
Age Group: Young Adult Fiction


An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .

Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made - Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible - she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon's unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.

First Line

The T.V.s on, some lame morning show.


AFTER by Amy Efaw is a different book from what I have been reading lately. If you read the summary, you know it says “Amy Efaw does the impossible”… and she truly did.

Although I truly hated what Devon did… she was a pretty likable character. It pained me to see what she was going through. She was a quiet, respectful character who loves reading (which is a bonus!).

This book had a little bit of a slow beginning, but once it got into it, the story just flowed and I couldn’t get enough.

Although the ending is not what I expected and I didn’t agree with it, I felt as if it needed to happen. I felt as though it was the only way to end this novel with Devon feeling good about what she was doing.

I think the jail setting was so disturbing and so detailed. It felt so real and it felt as though I was there sitting beside Devon. You could tell that Amy Efaw did a lot of research before she wrote this novel.

AFTER is about an untalked about tragedy… how a poor, innocent infant is sent to their death in a dumpster. Amy Efaw takes this tragedy and puts light to the situation… a must read.

Cover Comments

I love the cover. I love how they put the person Devon thought she was… and the person she truly was. This is a great cover if you ask me.



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