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After by Amy Efaw

Devon Davenport is 15 years old, she is a superstar athlete on her soccer team, straight-A student, and all around perfect teen. She strives to be everything that her mom isn't - strong, independent, reliable and definitely not a teen mother like her. She has set some very strict rules and regulations that she follows in order to stick to her goals.

But all that changes one morning when a baby is found in a dumpster behind her apartment building. The police begin their search and find themselves on Devon's doorstep. Her mother, flirting with the officers, believes that maybe her daughter can help since she stayed home from school because she was feeling sick. It doesn't take very long for them to realize that Devon is the person they are looking for.

The story mostly revolves around Devon - pre-baby and post-baby, or rather "IT" as she calls the infant. She now finds herself in a juvenile detention center facing some rather severe charges. Yet throughout it all she doesn't remember much of anything revolving around "IT" or "THAT NIGHT". She can't face what she's done. She swears that she did not know she was pregnant. The story unfolds little by little as you get more and more insight into Devon's life as her attorney does her research in order for her to be tried as a minor rather than an adult - meaning she could face life in jail if tried as an adult.

I entered into reading this book with some trepidation. I knew it would be an emotional rollercoaster. Ms. Efaw has created a character that, although not always liked, you can't help but to care for.. to sympathize with her. I was really surprised that I would feel this way about her, but in the end I did. I couldn't help but hope that it somehow worked out for her. What I truly enjoyed about this story is that Ms. Efaw does not try to sugar coat any of Devon's actions. They are what they are. Ugly. Raw. Emotional. It is a tough subject to read about, but definitely one that we've heard about more than once on the news.

My only complaint, and the reason why I did not give it 5 stars was because of the ending. It just felt too abrupt for me. I would have liked a little more. But still don't let that deter you from reading this. I'd recommend this to parents and teens - because it is a very thought-provoking subject and one that I think could spark some important discussions.

27 comments:

Alison's Book Marks said...

Great review. I don't think I could read this one - too heartwrenching. There is certain content I know to stay away from, and I have to pass on this one.

Jenny said...

I really liked this book! I felt like she gave us somewhat of an explanation about why the character did what she did without making us feel like we were supposed to feel bad for her. I thought it was very thought provoking! I don't remember how it ended though, lol.

Emidy said...

Ooh, this sounds like a great book. Emotional, but great. I'm not a fan of the abrupt ending, though!

Emidy
from Une Parole

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Our book club had the BEST discussion about this title. We talked for a long, long time and did not end up addressing all of it. It was a great read!

Jenn-ay said...

This book has been on my wish list since it came out. I'm hoping I can cause a dent in my TBR pile and then pick this one up.

Anonymous said...

This book is a must for all teenagers.
Gives you mixed emotions.

Anonymous said...

I loved this book so much! It really puts a spin on those girls we read about in the newspaper, like that girl who gave birth at her prom and killed the baby. I always thought "oh what an awful person" but reading this book gave me a whole different level of understanding.. This is a MUST-READ!

Jocelynne Castellanos said...

I really love this book, it has open my eyes to what the author wanted to say and its crazy spins, but didn't like the end, I want more from the ending

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