Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Everafter by Amy Huntley

Grade: High A

Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this--she is dead. And alone, in a vast, dark space. The only company she has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things Maddy lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that with these artifacts, she can re-experience--and sometimes even change--moments from her life.

          Her first kiss. 
A trip to Disney World. 
Her sister's wedding.  
          A disastrous sleepover.

In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life--and death.

Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 7/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 58/70

Obtained: Borrowed from a friend. :)

Age Appropriate? PG-13

Cursing: Yup. 
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Some references to teen drug use, etc. 
Sexual Content: Vague references. 
Disturbing Images: Murder, psychotic people, death (?)


As my dear friend who lent me this book said, "It's a diamond in the rough." She's right. The Everafter is a surprising, charming read with a misleading premise. I mean, the afterlife has been done before (again and again and again...), but this is something new. For one, the afterlife world Huntley creates is at once fascinating and chilling (appropriately so), but beyond that she has created a combination of mystery and love-story pieced together through visited memories of the hero's life. Each memory is relevant to the story but also very separate and unique, like our memories tend to be. Masterfully woven.

Though it was a love story (and a great one at that), I thought the most wonderfully true thing about it was that the pursuit of romance was not the focus--instead, it was the development and endurance of their relationship, even beyond death, that took center stage. This book is evidence, I feel, of the existence of true, mature high school relationships, more than the frivolous infatuations a lot of books/movies/stories about teenagers are based on. 

Definitely a book worth reading. A short read, but packed with emotion, deep thought, philosophical ideas, and love of all kinds. With a shocking ending you cannot predict, The Everafter will not disappoint.


Amy Huntley

1 comment:

  1. I've got this one on my library wishlist. I may have to actually put a hold on it soon, if it's that good!


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