The Everafter

The Everafter

by Amy Huntley


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ISBN-13: 9780061776793
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Amy Huntley says that a colleague's musings were the spark that inspired The Everafter: "I've always had a tendency to attach myself to the objects of my life, so when one of my friends said something like, 'Wouldn't it be funny if all those things you lost turned up after you were dead, just when you didn't need them anymore?' it got me thinking. But I wanted to believe there would be a purpose to their reappearance. As the story evolved, I realized that Madison's quest to make peace with moving on to the Everafter is really the same battle that everyone goes through as they grow and become someone new."

Amy lives with her daughter in Michigan, where she is a teacher of high school English.

What People are Saying About This

Gabrielle Zevin

“A mystery about life’s greatest mysteries, a love story that transcends death, a ghost story with real substance, and an altogether fascinating novel about the redemptive possibilities in lost things.”

Jay Asher

“In The Everafter, Maddy relives moments from her life which broke her heart, made her laugh uncontrollably, and forced her to grow. Amy Huntley’s book will do the same for you.”

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Everafter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Laurab68 More than 1 year ago
I've been dreading writing this review because I really did not like this story at all. I'm not sure if reading Before I Fall ruined this one for me, but the way this story played out was definitely a factor. Let me start out by telling you why I didn't like it. I couldn't get a read on Maddy. I couldn't like her or not like her. Like her character stuck in IS, I felt like I was stuck too. The whole psychobabble bullcrap about Heaven and Hell and Purgatory dragged this story down. The idea that certain objects that she lost in her lifetime could bring her back to that period in time just didn't jive with me. This could've been a great story, but the time spent in limbo just made me more frustrated. Gabriel. He was the amazingly beautiful boyfriend. Maddy questioned and still questioned why he was with her. This plot point in books is getting old. Really old. I'm going to call this the Bella-technique. Maddy was annoying in her jealousy of Gabriel's ex-girlfriend. Who is not so nice. Okay. The set up of the story seemed mashed together. And the final revelation? I was more like who cares. Please realize this is my opinion and I know others that have absolutely LOVED this story. Obviously this one wasn't my cup of tea.
Edyaline More than 1 year ago
Wow I honestly didn't expect to like this one much. But it was really really good. Maddy's quest to make peace with her life after death makes an intresting plot as she revisits moments from the past; from time she was a baby till the final moments before she died. Only to discover the shocking truth and a loved one that died with her. The book really keeps you guessing on how she died and the truth will shock you. So many lines from this book I fell in love with that really give you a new perspective on life. I recommend to anyone! MUST READ!!! <3
Courtney6 More than 1 year ago
I was kind of skeptical about reading this book when I read the discription and then just decided that I was going to read it. I was pretty muched hooked after reading the first page. I wanted to know how the story would play out with Madison being dead. This book made me think so much about the afterlife that I lost sleep because I couldn't stop thinking, what if this really does happen? What if all the objects you loose in your life come back and that's how you see your life again? I'm like Madison and am totally connected to objects, whenever I loose something I get really upset. Dosn't always matter what it is, either. And I seem to loose things all the time, too. I can't seem to keep anything from being lost at some point. The characters were really easy to relate with. I kept imagining myself in Madison's position and realizing that the way she handled some things is the same way I would. Books don't always get me really emotional, or I try to hide my emotion, but this book had me crying immensely for the last 30 pages at least. Just the way everything happens at the end was just heartbreaking. Although, I was crying tears of sadness and happiness, it was just the way she died was horrible. I recommend this book to everyone! It really makes you appriciate the things you have in life and really makes you think about life after death.
crimsonsonata on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Summary:The only thing Madison Stanton knows is that she¿s dead and in a dark nothingness she has named 'Is'. After being confronted with a sweatshirt and other items in 'Is', Madison realizes that these items are from her past and reliving her memories of them might just lead her to answers about her past and how she died.Use and appropriateness in a HS classroom: While many young adult novels seem to steer fairly clear of the topic of death, 'The Everafter' collides with it, creating an emotional roller coaster that makes the reader feel as if they are personally involved in the story. This is a very accessible and compelling novel that any lover of reading, or reading-shy teen (especially teenage girls) would want to read from cover-to-cover as fast as possible. The Everafter is very appropriate for teens because it confronts the topic of personal loss and the choices and sacrifices everybody makes in day-to-day life, as well as the outcomes of those choices. This is a unique topic that hasn¿t been overly explored in the YAL market and the way it is used in the book is perfect and will encourage students to rethink the little things in life that can make a big difference.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When 17-year-old Madison wakes up, she knows she¿s dead. She¿s in an unfamiliar world of nothingness that¿s punctuated by the ghostly appearance of objects that appear to be things she lost back when she was alive. Madison realizes that the objects can take her back to when she lost the objects, when she can relive those scenes or even change the way things turned out. The more Madison revisits her past and figures out what she¿s capable of here in the Afterlife, the closer she gets to the truth of her death, which she is sure involves her beloved boyfriend, Gabe.THE EVERAFTER is a truly original take on life after death, but it doesn¿t quite live up to its high potential, with underdeveloped characters, a complex but slow-moving plot, and an anticlimactic ending.In one sense, a work of fiction is only as good as the sum of its parts, and readers only know of the characters what is essential. THE EVERAFTER takes this literally, as the character of Madison is shown to us readers via a series of seemingly random scenes from her life, some of which have more significance than others. It¿s a different way of approaching telling a story, and it may or may not work for you. For me, it didn¿t really help me better understand Maddy, which was disappointing.The concept presented in THE EVERAFTER is very unique, but I¿m always cautious about exciting-sounding ideas with mediocre execution, which is what this book turned out to be for me. Gabe and Maddy¿s romance, which is supposed to be an important part of the story, felt underdeveloped and unfamiliar to me, and I never really connected with any of the characters, nor believed in the ending, which was shocking, but not necessarily in a good way.Still, fans of Gabrielle Zevin¿s ELSEWHERE and Alice Sebold¿s THE LOVELY BONES may find this book interesting and hard to put down.
taramatchi on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book had a recommendation from Gabrielle Zevin on the cover which made me have to pick it up and read the back to see what it was about. I am glad I did. What a completely different take on the afterlife (compared with Elsewhere). The narration on the audiobook was really good (although the baby chapter was a bit hard to listen to). Basically, the idea was that when you lose your life you go to this place that Maddy calls "is." It is blackness, but in this blackness are the things we lose throughout our life. Using these things, Maddy visits her memories or rather her life and can change her life in the form of a ghost. As a reader, you are along for the ride. She does not know how she dies, and either do we. It really is a mystery that is wonderful as all the pieces fit together. A small book that is worth the read, especially for those of us that like to contemplate afterlife.
MickTheChick on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. To be honest, I expected it to be more about the supernatural stuff, though. Not that I was disappointed - I thought the entire story was very intriguing. Not many young adult authors create a story about experiencing what happens after death. Interesting theory, too, that after death, one would end up in a dark void with a chance to go back and change their life through lost ghost objects. I also really like the ending. Personally, it really bothers me when the author leaves their readers hanging and there won't be a sequel, but that was not the case with The Everafter - almost nothing went unanswered. Not only that, but I like the way the ending plays out, what happens. It's a story well worth reading, one that makes you think about one of life's greatest mysteries and all the little things in life that may seem insignificant, but actually matter a great deal. I know this is shallow, but I love the cover, too. :)
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But is sure of one thing - she is dead. She's alone, in a vast, dark space (a/k/a "is" - because it just "is") - and the only things around her are objects that turn out to be things that Maddy lost while she was alive.Through some quick thinking - she soon discovers that by grabbing hold of these items, she can re-experience¿and sometimes even change¿moments from her life.Her first kiss. A trip to Disney World. Her sister's wedding. A disastrous sleepover.In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life¿and death.This story was hauntingly beautiful - it was just one of those books that once your done with it, you put it down, and then will think about it over and over again.I loved Ms. Huntley's take on the after-life. A dark space with objects that you lost and being able to relive those moments - possibly even altering an event... just genius. Through these instances we learn of Maddy's life - her family, friends, boyfriend. You really get to know and love Maddy, and you are saddened since you know from the start that she is dead. There are also some wonderful supporting characters, her boyfriend, Gabe, her best friend Sandra.But what really made this book fantastic was the suspense - I mean, the pages were flying as I quickly devoured this in the hopes of finding out exactly what caused Maddy's death. How she got where she is? Why she was there? And boy, was I caught off guard with the ending. It was heartbreaking.This is a haunting but ultimately hopeful novel that makes you appreciate the things we take for granted in our daily lives and will leave you pondering life after death. This was a wonderful debut for Ms. Huntley and one that I highly recommend.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When I first read the book blurb I wavered over whether this was a book I wanted to read or not. I finally decided I had to know what happened to Madison and what would she discover in this ¿Is¿. At the beginning of the book Madison ¿wakes¿ not knowing who she is or where she is but she does know she¿s dead. In this "Is" Madison has no body, she is just a being that can move through this space she occupies. As she explores she comes across what seem like random objects. As she figures out how to trigger each object she begins to realize they are all objects she has lost at some point in life and they can take her back to that point in her life.The style in which the story is written is certainly unique. For the most part each chapter takes you back to a point in time where Madison lost one of her belongings. As you begin to put together the bits and pieces of her life you slowly get to know her, her boyfriend, Gabe, and her best friend, Sandra. At first it was a little jarring as you would jump from Madison at 16 years old to Madison at 2 years old but it all starts coming together in a way that will grab the reader and not let you go and will eventually lead you to how Madison died.The main reason I give this only a 3 is while it's an interesting concept and it grabbed me by the end I was thinking to myself "that's it?". Somehow the ending was very anti-climatic for me. It wraps up too abruptly and after harping about how attached Madison is to objects I don't see the journey that teaches her to let go.
YAaddict on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Every once in a while, you find a book that changes part of you. That sticks with you long after you read it. That was The Everafter for me. I found myself so emotionally invested in this story. It's starts with Madison. Madison knows she is dead, but doesn't know how. She is in this unknown place she starts calling "Is". She soon discovers "Is" is filled with items, lost items from her life. She can use these things to go back to the moments in her life where she lost them. It was an emotional roller-coaster ride going through these moments in Madison's life. I love how Huntley wrote it to where the reader is discovering everything the same time that Madison is rediscovering it. It doesn't take long to see how important Gabe was in Madison's life. I loved the memories that included Gabe. He was such a sweet boyfriend. This book just showed how the little, insignificant moments build up into shaping the person you are. This is a book about death, but I didn't find it depressing. I found it profounding and it made me stop and think about what may lie in store for us in the afterlife. The ending was poetically done. I cried during the epilogue. I think it was the perfect epilogue that gave me the closure I needed.It is rare for me to find something so different and unique than the norm in the YA world. This was a truly beautiful story. Huntley is a fantastic writer. What an awesome debut for her. I can't wait to see what else she will come out with. So if you haven't read this epic tale yet, put it on the top of your pile now!
lenoreva on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Madison is dead and surrounded in space by glowing objects - objects that she lost during her lifetime that can take her back to the scene where (and when) she lost them. Will they eventually lead her to understanding the cause of her death and the meaning of her life?When I first read the summary for this one, I knew I had to read it. I loved the premise, but couldn't fathom how Author Huntley could actually make it work. But oh does she! The structure she has set up of Madison being able to "jump" to certain moments of her life gives us ample opportunity to really get to know Madison and the people that are central to telling her story - her sister, her best friend Sandra who is terrorized by her unstable mother, her boyfriend Gabe (and his ex-girlfriend Dana), and a former friend Tammy. Madison visits seemingly random scenes from her life, but they all fit together like a puzzle to help her (and us) solve the mystery of her death - leading to a surprising and bittersweet ending that really packs a punch.What I probably liked best about the novel was the philosophical subtext. Huntley has some very intriguing ideas about the coexistance of life and death - a scene from Madison's childhood where she and her friends play with a ouijia board is especially spooky in this context. I also appreciated the inclusion of a few Emily Dickenson's poems and discussion thereof. It definitely made me want to dig out my volumes of her poetry again.
saramllr on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a fascinating novel about a 17 year old girl who has died, and is re-experiencing scenes from her life as she lingers in The Everafter. She finds herself surrounded by various objects that she has lost and she learns to use them to go back and find out what has happened to her. Haunting and beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting point of view on death. Great story that sucks you right in and even gives the reader the feeling of finding piece in the Epilogue.
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I read this book over three and a half years ago and i can still remember most of the details in this book to this day and its still amazing. I picked this book up back then just for a quick read for my seventh grade SSR and now as a sophmore in high school im still glad that was the book i picked up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A surprising intriging story that will pull you in and make you think deeper. I loved it. Good for ages 13+
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This was an amazing book. I loved it so much, I couldn't put it down! I had to read it non-stop; I stayed up for about 2-3 days straight! I would recommend it to anyone.
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I was amazed at Maddy's eagerness to find out how she died. I can admit, that yeah, i am attached to some things. I really didnt expect her to die that way. I couldnt imagine being killed that way. To me, my favorite part was when Maddy and Gabe admit that they still love each other in 'is'. Overall, this book was amazing. Its an easy read. I read it in 3 hours. So basiclly this book covers Maddy and her life. Well, not really her life, but her life as a kid, and before she died, and her life in between. And in 'is' she can go back to her life through the objects that she lost in her life. And she can go into her body in that period of time, and change it so it has a different outcome. Or, she can stay outside of her body as a spirit, and watch what happens as it unfolds. It has some confusing parts when she's 4 and then goes to age 17 without warning. Like i said, this book is an easy read. Read the other reviews, read the book for yourself, then write a review! Hope you enjoy(ed) the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book always kept me interested. It seemed so realistic, like it could happen to anyone. This book will send chills down your spine and keep you wanting more and more. Definetely one of my favorites
Kimberly Placencia More than 1 year ago
I think its all right the last thrity pages were definetly greaaat! Howecver i get bored sometimes trough out the book . But over all it was very interesting and enjoy able
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