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The Compulsive Reader: After by Amy Efaw

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

After by Amy Efaw


Devon Davenport is the perfect student, teammate, and daughter. Responsible, talented, and hard-working, she has a bright future ahead of her, and is determined to not be like her mother, who gave birth to her at age sixteen. Because of these reasons, it's unbelievably hard for her family and friends to accept that she was pregnant, and didn't even know it, and that when she gave birth, she left her baby in the trash to die. But Devon did...and now the question is, is she guilty of attempted murder?

After is a heartbreaking novel that is simultaneously hard to read and intensely compelling. The book starts out briskly and suddenly, offering an unflinching look at Devon's situation and mental state as she is discovered, and then shuffled through the legal system, is assigned a lawyer, experiences juvenile hall, and is forced to appear in court. Accompanying her is a wide array of conflicting and complicated emotions, from shock to fear to indignation as Devon is forced to face the facts by her pushy and passionate lawyer, a believer in "tough love". Efaw's writing is detailed and precise, and her prose haunting and throughout Devon's tumultuous journey, she carefully reveals to readers Devon's past and the situations that led to her deeply ingrained denial, until readers can't help but feel deep sympathy for her, even as they face their own doubts and question Devon's behavior. Skillfully written and highly affecting, After is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel that explores the complexity of human nature and is sure to leave a mark on readers.

Cover Comments: I like this cover, it is simple yet striking, and it also very subtle--I was halfway through the novel before I realized the difference in the reflection. I think it is very fitting for the topic--carefuly neautral, but eye catching as well.

After will be available from Viking on August 11th, 2009.

12 comments:

BookChic said...

I only just noticed the difference too because you pointed it out, lol. I've seen this cover all over the place but didn't notice that.

Great review! This looks like a really good book. I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

Readingjunky said...

Wonderful review and thanks for pointing out the cover. I'm looking forward to reading this one. It sounds very powerful.

RJ

Kate said...

This sounds like a great read. I've only just noticed the difference (because you pointed it out). Great spot :)

towerofbooks said...

Like the others, I only noticed the difference after you pointed it out. :P

This sounds a really thought-provoking novel.

Anonymous said...

devon's plight really relates to my life at this moment. i thoroughly enjoyed this book. i recommend it to every young teenager out there - especially one dealing with the troubles of teen pregnancy. throwing babies in the trash can is not good. keep yours like amy juergens...and watch the secret life season priemere tonight on abc family!!! xoxo <333

Daria said...

I've read this book recently and i could not put it down. It was amazing. I cried at the end of this book. I felt as almost being in the book. It was extremely powerful and breathtaking.

Sara said...

I recently read this book and I totally agree with you! Although at the beginning of the book, I thought it was kind of crazy! By the end, I was definitely rooting for Devon. Great review and blog! I recently started my own book review blog and I would love it if you would check it out or give me some suggestions, thank you!
-http://sarasbookjourney.blogspot.com/

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What a novel.... I think one of the most ''hard reading'' things i have ever seen, i find this story very heart-touching, not just because the pregnacy stuff, but the thing that she left her baby in the trash!? My Godness...

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