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THE EVERAFTER by Amy Huntley


by Amy Huntley

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-177679-3
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

Death is the new life. Stories about dead teens used to be mainly weepers about beautiful young girls with tragic diseases. Now along with vampires and zombies there are explorations of just what life after death might look like. First-time author Huntley’s take on the topic is cleverly constructed and compelling. Madison, the 17-year-old narrator, recognizes the objects floating around her as ones she owned during her lifetime. Some experimentation leads her to realize that she can use them to re-experience and/or observe specific portions of her existence. Doing so helps her to answer the central question—how she died—as well as to reconnect with others in this formless void. Weaving concepts from physics and the poetry of Emily Dickinson into a series of (not chronological) vignettes from Madison’s life works surprisingly well and presents a clear picture of relationships, choices and consequences. Refreshingly, Madison’s death resulted from her effort to take care of a friend, not bad choices about drugs or alcohol. Intriguing and thought-provoking. (Fiction. YA)