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The Compulsive Reader: The Everafter by Amy Huntley

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Everafter by Amy Huntley


The first thing Maddie knows is that she's dead—other than that, she just is. She doesn't know where she is, who she is, or what's going on. But then she encounters lost objects from her life, and each one takes her back to the events in her life during which she lost them. Slowly her memory is restored, and Maddie learns that she can even alter the outcome of each event. Each object brings her closer to the person she was before—and the truth behind her death.

The Everafter is a one of a kind, luminous debut. Amy Huntley's imagined abstract after world—what it’s like and how it works—is wonderfully wrought and keenly described. With great feeling and honesty, Huntley carefully peels back each layer of Maddie's life, exploring her character, and how each person she knew had an effect on her life. Huntley's eye for detail is remarkable, and the questions and ideas she presents in a simple, probing manner will get readers thinking about life and the meaning of our own existence. Moving, unique, and imaginatively told, The Everafter is a novel about life, loss, acceptance, and powerful love that will resonate with many readers, especially fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay.

Cover Comments: Any cover in purple wins my stamp of approval, but I do like the ethereal and almost unnatural feel of the flower. It's quite fitting for Maddie's state, and it's eerie without being too creepy. This book has a beautiful, intriguing cover!

The Everafter will be released by Balzer+Bray, a new imprint from HarperCollins on September 29th, 2009.

16 comments:

BookChic said...

Great review! This book is in my TBR pile. I'm excited to read it! :)

Lenore said...

I really, really want this book! But if I have to wait until it comes out, I will.

Liyana said...

Congrats! You have something here.

Belle said...

This book sounds so interesting - I'll definitely have to keep my eye out for it.

Rebecca Herman said...

this book sounds pretty interesting! Great review.

a flight of minds said...

Wow! Nice review, and the book sounds so good. Guess I'll have to wait til it comes out.

- Alex

Insert Book Title said...

I. Want. This. Book. Now!

Kami Garcia said...

I completely want to read this one.

Kate said...

Great review. This sounds like a really good read.

Thao said...

I love how it looks and how it sounds, too. I want to read this one.

LuAnn said...

Wow! This book sounds awesome. I'll have to add it to my list!

Wrighty said...

This is the first review I've read for this book but it sounds like such an interesting take on the subject. I just finished If I Stay so if you give it a favorable comparison with that one then I'm really looking forward to it. Great review!

Abby said...

I LOVE the cover! Can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Mrs Huntley Was my freshamn year english teacher. i will for sure be reading her book & asking for a signature :] she is such a nice and caring person im sure her book will be amazing

Anonymous said...

i am reading this book as we speak its very interesting and im on page 51. so far its very interpenetrating.and i love the cover

Anonymous said...

This novel is...wow I can't even begin to describe how it made me feel. I'm utterly speechless. I feel sorrowful yet..joyful. Also I feel regret for what could've been. Amy Huntly really makes you reflect on life,death, epecially yourself. At least that's what she did for me. I am beyond happy that I came upon The Everafter.
It left me with this combo of feelings in my gut that will probably remain for some time.
It's one of my favorite novels!

I'll never forget it and I know I'll read it again one day & many more after that.