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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A Startling Story!

After seeing After in a publishing catalog back in December, I just knew I had to read it!

The "dumpster baby" phenomenon, which is the book's main focus, was both interesting and scary real. Before starting this book, I hadn't really heard or read many news stories...
After seeing After in a publishing catalog back in December, I just knew I had to read it!

The "dumpster baby" phenomenon, which is the book's main focus, was both interesting and scary real. Before starting this book, I hadn't really heard or read many news stories about this topic. So, I was intrigued to see how a case like this would go through the courts and the reasons behind the mother's choice to leave her own child in a dumpster.

Devon was a character that I did come to like and understand her reasoning behind her choice, even if it did take me most of the book. I liked how Amy portrayed in her in way where she didn't glamorize her situation and make it go away, but instead made you see what the consequences from Devon's "dumpster baby" through her own eyes. Also, one thing that really got to me, was how Devon was the ordinary girl on a fast track to greatness, because she was an amazing soccer player, had lots of friends, and fantastic grades. Though, when she finds out she's with child, she flips and denies to herself that she is, leaving her to make the choice she did. What I'm trying to say with this, is that could happen to any of us out there. We could be what people think is "perfect" and still manage to screw it up with one bad choice. It just amazed me.

The writing was also fabulous. I give Amy major props for how much research she probably did to give us this a story that tells nothing but the truth in what would happened in this kind of situation. I loved seeing the whole court room scenes and the ones between Dom and Devon because I felt like I was right there with them, witnessing the whole thing.

Though, the one thing that kind of ticked me off about this book was the ending. Even though it did conclude the main problem the characters face in the book, it lead so many others to still be swirling around in my head.

Overall, After is startling real book told in a way that's honest and raw. I can't suggest this book enough to teens and adults all around. I truly look forward to reading more by Ms. Efaw!

Grade: A

posted by Lauren817 on August 14, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

I don't recommend this book.

I consider myself an avid reader, and I've read many teen books. Although, "After" doesn't make my list of good books. I felt like the relationship between Devon and her mom was cliche. I would've have liked for Efaw to explore the tension between the too. I'm also a so...
I consider myself an avid reader, and I've read many teen books. Although, "After" doesn't make my list of good books. I felt like the relationship between Devon and her mom was cliche. I would've have liked for Efaw to explore the tension between the too. I'm also a soccer player in a very competitive league like what Devon was said to be a part of, but the chance that a coach wouldn't notice a drastic change in one of his star player's bodies is slim to none. Every line of dialogue felt forced. On a positive note, though, I felt scared for Devon throughout the whole book, and I didn't want to believe myself that Devon had done the things she was charged with. Devon's character development was obviously something Efaw worked hard at, and it showed.

posted by emma_marin_miller on April 4, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Ahamazing!!

    So detailed and great that i cannot put it down!(: live i might read it a second time(:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Great book. Its really not predictable

    I really hate wjhen you know what is going to happen next. With this book it w asnt like that. This is a great read. Great buy as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Five Stars

    Such a great book. You will fly right through it...trust me :-) .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Good!!!!

    Okay,im really not into the teen drama like books,but this book is wonderful. I highley recommend it for ages mature 11-all other ages but mostly 11-18!! Its great just read it its so good. I could not put it down!!!!!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Aamazing

    I could not put it down!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Truly Amazing

    This novel had me hooked from beginning to end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Read it,

    It's reallly good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Love!

    I'm 16 and I loved this book. It's a good read for all ages. My favoritee book! I never wanted to put it down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Amazing

    I got this book when the author was still making corrections on it,i still get excited when ever i see this title

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    This book is amazing. I couldn't stop reading it.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    A very different story

    I've never read a book like this one. It was surprisingly a good story and I would definitely recommend you read it! For some people it may be boring.. There was't much action, it was mostly about legal stuff but it was actually a great story and it had a surprising ending!

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Real Eye Opener- FABULOUS READ!

    This book grabbed my attention right away. From the moment I picked it up to start reading it, I was hooked. The main character, Devon was real and authentic. I 110% recommend reading this novel. It is real and confronts todays major issues with teen pregnacy and "dumpster babies". Loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2011

    OMG

    Best book ever!! Highly recomended. Lots of drama. And a couple of scary parts

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    After Review

    I loved this book! It takes you into her life and you care about her so much. And the ending surprised me so much!!!!! After all she went threw, she felt better addmitting something she wasnt fully consious about doing! I reccomend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Heart Wrenching

    This book is truely amazing. It will teach you about consciousness and finding out how you truely feel. It will tug at all of your heart strings; you will feel depressed at times, confused at others. I loved this book.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    This book is awesome !

    Mow, im writing this as i read the book and let me tell you this book is good AF ! I can relate in so many ways its like IM Deven. All teens realli should read this. Its that good

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Phenomenal!

    At first I thought this book would be boring and start off very slow, but within the first couple of pages I was hooked! I loved every moment and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it! Beautiful and inspirational. Made you think and was just amazing. The characters, the language, the different interpretations. AWESOME!

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Fantastic

    wonderful read! highly recamended

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    the best book ive ever read

    amazing ,deep

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    Amazing

    Very good book. It will have you at the first page. so hard to put down.

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