The Afterlife

The Afterlife

by Gary Soto
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erb16 More than 1 year ago
The Afterlife was written by Gary Sotto and was published by Hartcourt Inc. in 2003. The subject of the book is how Chuy, the main character, dies and turns into a ghost. He is able to go where ever he wants and no one can see or hear him. He travels around town and visits his friends and family. Of course, they are all sad and mourning his death. Chuy discovers more and more things about himself being a ghost. The wind will blow him away unless he does certain things, like bracing himself. This is the only way he controls where he goes while he is outside. He can touch things, like pens or paper. He can pick them up, open things and move things. He can reach inside of a person and feel inside them. He can breathe on something and make it freeze with the coldness of death. He uses these qualities to effect people's lives that are still living. Before Chuy died, he was at a club where he was going to have some fun with his friends. He was in the restroom and complimented a guy's yellow shoes. Next thing he knew, Chuy was looking down at his own body that had been stabbed lifeless. He now goes throughout his town as a ghost. He visits his parents, friends, brother, and cousin. He watches how their lives change without him and also finds Yellow Shoes. I found this book very interesting and I really enjoyed it. I like it because it made me wonder if you actually turn into a ghost once you die. I loved reading about how Chuy followed his family and I wondered if he could talk to or meet any other ghosts like him. A quote from the book says, “"You dent my ride and I'll kill you!" he threatened with a mean smile., and maybe he meant it. But someone else had killed me first, the guy in the yellow shoes…” He had a good life, and then it was taken away after he was killed. But after a while he began to have fun in the afterlife. “I drifted out onto the field. Who was there to stop me?” I like the book because even though he has lost his life, he has fun with what he has. He goes to football games and stands in the middle of the field and lets the players run straight through him. He enjoys everything he can. Throughout the book Gary Soto added Spanish words. Some I already knew, but there were a lot that I didn’t know as well. A few of the words I learned are the following: cara, which means face; chavalo, which means child; hijole, which means wow; and sapo, which means toad. There were many others, too. I also learned that weather or not you are alive, you should still enjoy yourself and have fun while you can. I would recommend this book to anyone thirteen or older. Young children shouldn’t read it because the very first few pages are about how Chuy is killed. It is a pretty easy book to read and the story is great. It is well written and I think that anyone will enjoy The Afterlife.
meowabby More than 1 year ago
The Afterlife written by Gary Soto and published by Harcourt inc., shows two different perspectives of Chuy's life; life and death. The theme of the book is that one should cherish the life they have today and make the best of it because you never know when it will end. For some people death is the beginning of another life...the afterlife. It shows the reader that dying is the end of life, but may be the start of a new one. Gary Soto shows us what the afterlife might be like and he also incorporates some humor into his novel. Gary introduces three main characters that eventually become ghosts. First there is Chuy, a not so attractive 17 year old. He was always second in track, and wasn't tall enough for the basketball team. He found himself to never be the best in anything. However, Chuy was nice, a good student, and loved his friends and family. Crystal, another unfortunate victim of death, meets Chuy in the afterlife. She is amazingly beautiful and has gorgeous brown hair. Crystal had two boyfriends, Eric and Jason, who were both pretty boys. She was popular and well loved; never rejected. Robert Montgomery, a homeless man spending his nights on the streets that died because of a fever, also meets Chuy and Crystal in the afterlife. Robert was an older man who had spent his younger years at three or four foster homes and once used to be a painter. Robert never really knew where home was, but he was born in Fresno where the events take place. One night Chuy goes out to Club Estrella with his friend Rachel, a girl he really likes. When he goes to the bathroom he meets a man with some cool yellow shoes that he compliments him on, and without warning is stabbed multiple times in the ribs. His ghost is then stripped from his body and he sees his body dead on the bathroom floor. Chuy starts to float around, go through walls and visits his loved ones. Chuy describes his experience as a ghost as not having the ability to speak to the living. He can only float through things and send a cold chill so that they may sense his presence. Chuy makes it a mission to understand why he was killed. He comes across the guy in yellow shoes who had stabbed him, and witnesses his unfortunate lifestyle and all the trouble he has been through, going to get into and causes. Chuy meets another ghost, Crystal. He finds out that she had killed herself by taking too many pills because she didn't think she was going to make it big in life and had felt rejected. The two fall in love with each other and things seem to be looking better to Chuy in the afterlife than they did in his previous life. Even though he never understood why he had been murdered, he did discover love. Crystal visits her parents and regrets taking her life. Meanwhile, Chuy meets Robert Montgomery and they become ghostly friends. They both run into Yellow Shoes, who Chuy learns has the same name that he does; Chuy, on a bus and Robert goes into Yellow Shoes' body to try to get him to do better things in his life. I liked the book because it shows the reader to never take life for granted and when it ends the afterlife is like a second perspective on life. The characters had regrets and wished that they could go back and change things in their previous lives, but it's too late! I found that it did get slow at times, but I enjoyed the Spanish words that were used, even though some weren't appropriate. It gets people thinking about what "life" could be like after death. I recommend this b
Nickiroux1 More than 1 year ago
The novel the Afterlife by Gary Soto was published by Hartcourt Inc. in 2003. It is an upsetting story about  a boy named Chuy who goes through the afterlife after being stabbed. Shortly after he gets stabbed  he turns into his ghost and learns that nobody can hear nor see him but can only feel his presence.   Chuy visits his family and friends to find them very upset over the tragedy of his sudden death.The night Chuy died he complimented a boy on his yellow sneakers not knowing that he was going to  strike him in the back three times. Chuy wonders in the afterlife why he had stabbed him he had not even known him. In Chuy’s afterlife he see’s the boy who had killed him and follows him. The boy walks down an alley and drops the knife that he killed him with it. Chuy follows him home and finds out the boy’s named was Chuy also. He begins to hate his name. When the boy with yellow sneakers comes home to find a man ready to beat him up for something he did.  Chuy gets bored and leaves.Chuy along the way finds another ghost who is named Crystal who is beautiful too him. He explains how everything works and has been trying to find out why she is dead  because she doesn't want to tell him. When they are going to her house they find a homeless man who is very sick with a fever and is dying. He tried to help him by cooling him town with his touch. I loved this book it sends a very powerful message. It teaches people to cherish the moment. “I always dreamed about sleeping in a pile of hay in the arms of someone I loved.” Pg. 231.  I choose this quote because throughout the book you see what Chuy’s life goals were but having love was the one he wanted most. This book also gives a different perspective on life. The main character had wished for things that he didn't get and regretted things that he had done.  I enjoyed knowing most of the Spanish words that Soto had incorporated in his book. I would recommend this book for either gender for ages 13 and older.  I recommended this book for this age group because there is a bit of violence and language and I feel this would be the age group that could handle it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as i thought it woulld be.
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phunkphenom More than 1 year ago
For this book report I read The Afterlife by Gary Soto. The Afterlife was published by Harcourt Inc. in 2003. The theme of this book is that there are two phases in life: life and death. In this story Gary Soto will show you what the main character sees after he dies. The main character of The Afterlife is a normal 17-year-old boy named Chuy that lives in California and is Mexican. He likes track but is always in 2nd place. He also likes basketball but the coach told him he is too short. He is nice to his friends and family and is a fairly good student. The book starts with Chuy in a nightclub bathroom preparing himself to meet up with a girl that he really likes. As he is in there looking at himself in the mirror, another man comes in, kind of “gangster” looking with stylish yellow shoes, to wash his hands. Being the nice kid that Chuy is, he compliments the guy on his shoes. Instead of saying thank-you, the guy stabs Chuy in the stomach multiple times, leaving him laying on the ground bleeding out. Since there is nobody there to witness it, Chuy lays there for a few minutes until his ghost begins to separate from his dying body. Chuy was very mind-blown on what just happened as he was hovering over his own dead self in ghost form. As he became more aware that he had died and turned into a ghost, he had also become aware that he was floating through the ceiling and out the roof of the nightclub. Once he is about thirty feet above the nightclub, he notices that the police are starting to show up. A few minutes later his parents come for the bad news. Right when they start to cry, the wind picks up and starts to push Chuy’s ghost along in the direction of his house. He visits his heart broken cousins, uncles, and aunts before he sets out to find out why he got stabbed in the first place. As he is floating around in a bad part of town, he sees the guy in the yellow shoes and follows him for a little bit until he sees where he lives. The guy lives in a rundown looking house that seems to have a stockpile of stolen goods in it that his fat friend Fausto is planning on selling to make some money. Chuy is content with what he has seen on “yellow shoes” level of poverty and he floats on through town. As he is floating he notices that his fingers and toes are disappearing. He concludes that over time a ghost will disappear. After floating around he sees a girl, but this is no ordinary girl, she is a ghost too. He floats over to her to ask her about herself and eventually he finds out a lot about her. Her name is Crystal and she was the vice president of her school and a cheerleader. She had two boyfriends. Both were jocks. He also finds out how she died. She had purposefully overdosed on pills because she had thought she would not make it anywhere in life. Over the course of two days they had managed to fall in love with each other. I really liked this book because it was set in the view of a ghost and it had the two of them fall in love. During my reading of this book, I learned to not take anything for granted, and that life may not end when you die. I would recommend this book to kids my age because, as I said, there is the love parts, which younger kids would not understand. Altogether I thought this was a great book and I would definitely read it again.
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lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
This is an OK book I guess,it just didn't have anything that stuck out to me to make it a wonderful book and I didn't really like the ending too much. I just feel like Mr. Soto gave up before he finished or something(also it's not a very long book for those that like books like that). The story is told through 17 year old Chuy's eyes. He's in the bathroom of a club one night getting ready to meet a girl he likes when he is stabbed to death for complimenting a guy's yellow shoes. He is now a ghost going to family and friends after and finding out how much he was really loved. He meets the ghost of a girl(Crystal) who commited suicide and they go back to her parents and boyfriends(she had more than one). Some people may like this book(it wasn't terrible) but it really didn't do anything for me except pass some time.
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The book The Afterlife, isn't particularly what I expected it to be about. I knew it was about the after life of a teenager, but the way that it described the afterlife wasn't real exciting. I was surprised to read about a ghost who temporarily floated around in the air but, I wasn't surprised that he met other ghosts. The spirits body's were slowly disappearing limb by limb, and they were light as a feather, it was difficult to fight the winds power but with focus and concentration he was able to go where he wanted to go. It begins with the death of the main character Chuy by getting stabbed and dieing immediately, isn't that odd way to begin a book. All Chuy did was complement some guy for having cool yellow shoes and the creepy stranger decided to stab him. The entire book was about him being a ghost visiting his family and meeting two new ghosts. Also the book doesn't explain to much about what happened to his body once he became a ghost. Once Chuy was a ghost he was able to walk through walls, make living people sense him and lastly he was invincible. He wanders around his town experimenting his powers as a ghost. He eventually meets a girl named Charlotte and she tells him that she died from pills. They end up liking each other and spend a lot of time together. In general this book was decent. It was very interesting to hear someones opinion of what happens after death. Once you die you get to be a ghost for a little while, it made me think whats going to happen after I die. I thought that this book was very well written. It was cool how the author added some Spanish words in the text. I liked having to look them up seeing what they meant. Even though some of the words weren't so nice. Out of 5 stars I would give it a 3. It wasn't amazing but as well it wasn't horrible it was just OK.
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341388CC More than 1 year ago
My reviewing is from the Afterlife noble. This story had a good message of forgiveness. The message that this book is sending is forgiveness. We need to forgive and to always tell our loved ones how much we love them, because we never know when we are going to die. The tone of the story was sad. Also it was a tragedy to because he got killed in a cruel way. The author purpose was to entertain the reader's in an interesting story. The genre from this book was contemporary realistic fiction. Contemporary realistic fiction because in the beginning of the story Chui is dying in the restroom of the club he is expressing how he is feeling. Also that he is realizing that his losing his life. The afterlife story takes place in Fresno in a club called Estrella. In this place is where the action takes place because in this place yellow shoes murder chuy with a knife. Chuy begins being a ghost and starts wonder in Fresno. The main characters are Chui, Crystal, and Yellow Shoes. The purpose of Chui and crystal was to say goodbye to their family. I liked this book because they both go to heaven. I also liked this book because it was a short story and it had a nice spiritual ending. I agreed with the purpose of the message. To forgive those who harm us because we could live or rest. The specifically thing that I like was the romance of Chui and Crystal. The author did a good job on this story because it was short and interesting. It could be improved more by adding one more chapter in the end.
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How would you react if you saw your body slowly die but your soul was still a live? Especially, if you don't believe in ghost. "The Afterlife by Gary Soto, is great book to read for all the fantasy/journey/romance lovers. The main character "Chuy", goes through a difficult journey after he is killed by some random guy in a club's restroom. He experiments his ghostly body in ways he never taught he'd be. As a ghost, he can see and listen to everyone but no one even knows his soul is around.He tries to get every ones attention with what ever he can but nothing seems to work. Chuy's main objective is to find out why that guy kills him. During his investigation he meets another ghost. She is a beautiful young girl that is his age. She committed suicide. She is a very confused,shy, and sad ghost when she meets Chuy. Both ghostly spirits end up falling in love. Towards the end of the amazing story he never finds out why that guy kills him but he does find out what true love feels like. He analyzes his life and finds out the things that mattered in his life and wants to go back to life to accomplish many things he wanted to do. His reflection is sad but theirs nothing he can do to go back. The message he gives is to value what you do have now that you may not have tomorrow. This is book for all ages. For any one who is going through a tough time and may feel like life isn't the best thing their is this is the book you should read. I truly recommend you to read this book. The author Gary Soto is a great Latino writer. He has many other great books to read.
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Lauren_E More than 1 year ago
`The Afterlife¿ by Gary Soto starts with a harsh beginning as Chuy, a young teenager gets stabbed inside the bathroom of a nightclub. For some, death would be the end of everything, but for Chuy it was just the beginning. A few minutes after Chuy dies, he rises out of his body to become his own ghost. He flies over Fresno, his hometown and discovers what his new figure is like. He visits his best friend, his ¿would-be novia¿, and his family and friends. Chuy realizes just how many people care for him and love him as he watches them grieve after his death. As time goes on, Chuy recognizes that his time as a ghost is limited, and he races against the clock to make sure he can visit everyone one last time. Chuy meets another ghost named Rachel, who could be his first true love. In the afterlife, Chuy learns a lot about life, love, and death. Soto¿s novel allows the reader to view life from a different perspective. I thought 'The Afterlife' was nicely written overall, but it had some slow parts where my mind started to drift off. I enjoyed the plot of the story, and it was very unique from other books that I have read in the past. I enjoyed how Soto inserted blurbs of Spanish into the English text. For example, instead of saying ¿baggy Dickies cut off at the knees¿, he wrote ¿huango Dickies cut off at the knees¿. This creative writing style allowed for a nice diversion within the text. The Afterlife leaves a moving message upon the reader after finishing the novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The after life is a very good book, everything is surreal. The way the author tells the story is very compelling; it makes you feel like you are there with the main character in the story. When the main character dies his soul leaves his body and he feels no more pain, after he was stabbed by the boy in the yellow shoes. His body is lying on the floor of the rest room in which no should die. The main character can see around the rest room, and also the blood which was flowing on the flood, now, he realizes that he is dead and that he can float around and see thing by floating, but he not very good at it. In the story He is able to see his parents crying for him and, also can touch them or make them feel any better. Later in the story he finds out that he can make his family feel him by blowing on them so that they can feel a cold chill running down their body. The story gets more interesting when his family wants revenge his death. His mother is the one who wants the revenge. She ask her nephew to do the deed, but he refuse to do it. The main character then meets another person, who has died and she doesn¿t know how to control her self, because she is floating like a bird that has a broken wing. So the main character shows her how to float. But the girl tells him what happen to his foot. He looks down and sees that his foot has disappeared and that his time was running out. So now he has a bit of little time left in this world, because he is being erased. When time is not on your side you must do what¿s more important to you. The main character finds the girl he was looking for in the after life. This is a great book to read.
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