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Grief-stricken and alone, Iris finds solace in her aunt’s willful but lovable herd of goats. But when Iris sets two of the young goats free to save them from slaughter, the tensions between her and Aunt Sue come to a frightening and violent head. Can Iris recover from tragedy for a second time and find a way to save not only her beloved goats but also herself?
Powerful and deeply moving, What Comes After is at its heart an affirmation of the redemptive power of animals and the resilience of the human spirit.
Abandoned first by her abusive mother and then by her father when he dies, 16-year-old Iris Wight is no stranger to loss. Family friends initially agree to care for her, but problems soon force Iris to leave her home in Maine to live with relatives in North Carolina. Life with her angry aunt and dangerous cousin quickly proves more than she can handle. Before Iris' arrival, her aunt's abusive behavior was focused on the farm animals, but as Iris begins to protest the inhumane treatment of the goats, her aunt's cruelty shifts toward her. The violence culminates in a horrific beating that lands Iris in the hospital and her aunt and cousin in jail, leaving Iris to navigate yet another change. She must learn to wade through the foster-care system and deal with animosity at school while trying to find a way to care for her beloved goats left back at the farm. While never gratuitous, violence is pervasive; difficult scenes include one that graphically describes a goat being bludgeoned to death, which may prove to be a turn-off for some readers. Watkins displays his expertise as he creates a heroine who is broken and yet refuses to stay down. Secondary characters are equally well-developed and engaging. Beautifully written, this story is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life as well as the resilience of the human spirit. (Fiction. 14 & up)
Posted June 24, 2012
I read this book in 3 days and thats pretty fast for me!!! Every second i got i wanted to read this book. I personally felt terrible for iris and all she has been through. I think that the austhor of this book should write a second one on where Iris is now. Think this is a great book! Again it was 233 pages and you will get sucked in, in no time. The begining isnt the best but if you keep reading it gets better.. i promise!!!! Enjoy!!
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Posted September 20, 2012
This book is awesome!!!! It is about a girl whos dad died and so she had to go stay with her aunt who abuses her. In the end she gets what she obviously wanted;happiness
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Posted July 5, 2011
Posted December 5, 2014
“What Comes After” Review
In “What Comes After,” the story is about a teenage girl named Iris whom
has suffered the loss of her father, and the abandonment of her mother when she was a
little girl. She has to leave everything behind including her best friend Beatrice back in
Maine, to go live with her Aunt Sue and cousin, Book, down in North Carolina. Iris’s
life is filled with only sorrow and heavy chores around the farm; not to mention the
hatred she has to deal with from her aunt. The only friends Iris has is a dog named
Gnarly, and the other residents that live on the farm- goats, but one day, everything
changes when Aunt Sue’s abuse is taken too far.
The author of “What Comes After,” Steve Watkins, wrote this because he was
trying to convey to the reader that life isn’t what you’ll normally expect- a perfect family,
perfect friends, etc. That simply doesn’t exist, but, he did try to tell his audience
that what comes after a big storm, is a rainbow. Just when you think you are thrown a
curve-ball, be ready to swing at it in case it’s curved right toward your face.
This book has a moral, and that is basically the importance of staying strong
throughout the rough moments life can throw at you; if you don’t, then there’s no reason
to fight for your life in the first place. Iris thought she had nothing, but really, all she had
was herself and the animals on the farm, and that was all she really needed; all she fought
Personally, I find this book interesting. The reason why I find it interesting,
is because it is easy to connect to, and understand what this girl was going through. It
gives the readers some gratification to know that their lives aren’t as bad as Iris’s life.
It makes the readers feel thankful as well. Pretty much anyone who likes the thrill of an
“emotional rollercoaster” would enjoy curling up with this book on a rainy afternoon.
The story, although fictional, is accurate to regular aspects of life: teen hood,
family issues, school, etc. This novel did a great job of making that connection with the
reader because we all either are, or have gone through some sort of dilemma that has left
a mark on us. So, because of this connection with the events that happen to Iris, it gives
the audience an opportunity to bond with her not just as a character, but as a real person,
In my opinion, the topic of this storyline is what everyone needs to read. If people
didn’t, they wouldn’t necessarily be ignorant, but would be hindering themselves from
wonderful emotional experience. They would also ignore the fact on how to perceive life
different from the norm.
The thoroughness is clear and is interpreted well. Everything that happens
to Iris is explained through her thought process. Iris explains why Aunt Sue is
bitter; she explains why Book acts the way he does, and Iris can interpret why Beatrice
doesn’t act the same after she moved to North Carolina. All current events are clear,
except for why there’s a predicament between her mother, and Aunt Sue.
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Posted November 8, 2012
1 . It should be i havent read this book yet or something like that.
2. It is illegal to assult someone and when he did someone found out and he was sent to jail.
Hope this helped,
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Posted May 26, 2012
I think it sounds like good book, but a little violent.
What is the thing Book does that is so bad it lands him and his mom in jail?
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Posted September 3, 2011
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