AFTERSHOCK by Kelly Easton


Age Range: 14 & up
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Prince William–like pretty boy Adam survives the grisly car accident that kills both of his parents during the return leg of a cross-country excursion from Rhode Island to Oregon. Scarred with a Posttraumatic Stress Disorder–like shock, he proceeds to walk his way from the wreckage across the U.S. back home, unable to utter a single word to anyone he encounters. Part gritty survival story, part quiet reminiscence, Easton’s latest flashes back and forth between Adam’s journey on foot and the joyful, painful, occasionally poignant memories from the past that invade his psyche and fuel his emotions along the way. The rockier, more plot-driven bits will no doubt grab readers’ interests—both boys and girl—and dump them straight into the grim reality that has overtaken Adam’s life. The more reflective vignettes, however interesting, don’t move the plot along so much as break it in isolated spurts. As a result, the action screeches to a seatbelt-wrenching thud, and readers are led into the deeper realms of Adam’s consciousness. Characterizations become blurred, and readers will flip the pages quickly to get to the good stuff. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-4169-0052-7
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2006


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