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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Thoughts: After By Amy Efaw

Who could do such a thing? Certainly not someone like Devon Davenport a straight-A student-athlete with everything going for her. But in a moment of denial, desperation, and sheer panic, she did something that most people couldn't even imagine. And now Devon is being charged with attempted murder. In a skillfully crafted story, Amy Efaw takes readers through the days leading up to and after Devon's crime, painting an unexpected picture of a truly empathetic character caught up in an unimaginable situation.


After by Amy Efaw-whoa. This will not a long review as this was a pretty heavy read-for me at least.

I liked this book, really liked it. I read a review earlier this evening where someone did not like this book, and although I can understand her reasons why she didn't like it, I don't think they were what made the book. Efaw wrote a story that captivated the attention and had you wanting to know more. I finished this book in a mere two days; I needed to know what was happening and what was going to happen, not knowing was not an option.

The content of this book is pretty heavy and it was often hard to be sympathetic to the protagonist Devon. She did something terrible-unforgivable, but as the story unfolds and you learn more about Devon and her situation. You start to understand more what she was going through, and what she was thinking. Devon was an interesting character because I would often find myself wanting to scream at her-to say something, acknowledge what she'd done. But at the same time, I was rooting for her because I can only imagine what she was then going through.

There were a few things I thought were missing from this story such as the relationship between Devon and Connor. It's mentioned briefly but never explored in much detail. I feel like it should have been. Also the way it ended. I thought it was good, however I think that there needs to be a sequel. There is a lot of questions left unanswered, and I want answers.

It's hard to talk about this book without giving to much away. I liked this book and I would recommend it to everyone.

Happy Reading Everyone!

14 comments:

  1. I literally had this one in my hands the other day, but the summary was so abstract that I wasn't sure if it would be my cup of tea. I'm glad to hear that this is a good one!

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  2. I look at this book every time I go to Barnes and Noble! I need to pick it up!

    Miss Remmers Review

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  3. Woah, it definitely sounds heavy! Devon sounds like an interesting character. Thanks for sharing, I think I would like to try this one sometime.

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  4. I just finished and posted my review on this book earlier this week - and I too loved it! It was a hard and heavy read with respect to the topic but I enjoyed it sooo much!

    Michelle

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  5. I have this book sitting on my shelf, but I'm not sure if I should read it. I'm glad to hear you enjoy it, but I personally hate having questions unanswered so I'm not sure if I could deal with the ending you described. I suppose it'll just sit there for a little longer :P

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  6. Great review! I haven't read this book yet, but it sounds great!

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  7. Rebecca HipworthJuly 19, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    I haven't heard of this one before but I'm a fan of the reflection on the cover so I shall check it out. :)

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  8. I'm going to check this out, this book sounds interesting. Thanks for your review!

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  9. Wow, you make this sound really intriguing. Thanks for the review!

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  10. After is definitely a heavy read . . . I remember being not that satisfied with how things concluded - weirdly I don't remember exactly why, though (I read it quite a while ago).

    You d a great job reviewing it, making some good points without giving things away.

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  11. I've never heard of this book before. I'll check it out. It sounds interesting but also like one of those books that you'll either love or hate.

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  12. I haven't heard of this book, you don't give much away so I'm even more interested in it. I like the way you describe the protagonist, it's great to read about different characters especially ones that make you feel for them. I have a difficult time actually feeling for characters but Devon's story seems like something that would keep my attention.

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  13. Devon absolutely isn't a likeable character. And what she did is stupid and reckless. But I think the story is really a though provoking one. I've been meaning to read it but been putting it off because of the heavy subject :(

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  14. Sounds thought-provoking, but too heavy for me. I prefer to like the protagonist and Devon doesn't appear very likeable.

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