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After Eli

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

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    3.5-4.0 stars 9/11 happened and Eli wanted to help at ground ze

    3.5-4.0 stars

    9/11 happened and Eli wanted to help at ground zero but Eli’s dad said no. Feeling that he had to do something to help he enlisted in the army instead. About a year or so after he dies in Iraq while on duty. Eli’s death has left Danny alone, his dad even less sociable and mom has checked out. While coping with the death of his brother, Danny begins the “Book of the Dead” a book where he records famous people and the cause of their deaths.

    I think the most interesting part of this book was the “Book of the Dead” and how the author used it to tie it back to certain events in Danny’s life and/or to show his thought process on the topic of death. This definitely made After Eli a very unique story.

    I liked the story well enough. I thought it was written well. I liked the characters especially the twins who were a hoot! I especially liked that you could noticeably see the growth within these characters. The flow of the story was right on point and the ending was just right. Yet something didn’t sit well with me.

    I’ve read a few contemporaries as of late and they were heart wrenching and I guess I was expecting this book to be that way. It’s not. There are some moments and I did cry during those moments but it was hard for me to connect in that way the entire time.

    Another thing, I felt like I was reading the wrong era. The book reads like the TV show the Wonder Years. This is not a negative, people. I loved Wonder Years. My thing was that this is supposed to be the present, you know 2012. Although there were parts that felt like 2012, there were other parts that felt like the 1960’s.

    I don’t know. It could just be the emotional overload I’ve felt reading other types of books in the last few months. Also, it could just be a figment of my imagination about the era switch up I felt often in this book…figment or lack of sleep. Or it could just be that this book is just a different type of grief and it doesn’t always have to be over the top and the town is rural and could possibly still feel like the 1960’s even if it is 2012.

    Bottom line: I still recommend this read to everyone because it was an overall enjoyable read. After reading it let me know your thoughts on it.

    ARC was provided by Candlewick via NetGalley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2015

    Sm




    Hey
    Anyone on?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    Glen

    ((Dam.nit!! Gtg.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    Madi

    No hugs james back

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Kiki

    Monkey res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    To Tess

    Ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Nya

    Gimme a book title

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Lex

    Drinks beer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

    Ana

    "My tool kit. Human beings are annoying."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

    Lace

    "Well, who's it?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Pat to naomi

    Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Jen

    Walks in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2014

    Skylar

    Skylar nudged her. "Ask him!" She whispered back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Lila

    Grabs a beer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    Kristen

    "Hello, Eli!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2014

    New guy

    Jason walks in, holding something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Kat

    Hey Eli

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    James

    How can i help?(srry i was gone so long, vacation!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Jaima

    "Going to result 18."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Jason and Skyler

    Skyler sits down not wanting to play. She pulled out her book and reads. Jason pokes Skyler. Hey Sky play.

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