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Reader reviewed by Harmony

Before I heard about this book, I had never given much thought to people who left babies in the trash. They were evil and they were murderers. End of story. Except it turns out that its not quite that simple because really, what in life is?

In all honesty, I had a tough time reading this. It made my stomach churn because the thought of a baby left to die in a dumpster just makes me want to puke. Not only that but a few of the scenes where she is remembering the birth are slightly graphic. But then, you have Devon who, for some reason, is extremely easy to like. I wanted her to succeed. Thats not to say I wanted her to get away with nothing because she did leave her baby in the dumpster but I didnt want her to&I dont know. Spend the rest of her life in jail?


The ending of the book was slightly unexpected to me. It seemed to come out of nowhere. But, I felt it fit the novel well and it was better than several alternatives I had been expecting.


After is a heartbreaking novel but one that I think everyone should read. I look forward to any upcoming books by Ms. Efaw and highly recommend this one. 


 (I also love the subtle changes of the girl on the cover. It definitely fits in with how Devon sees herself vs. how everyone else sees her.)

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Very Interesting In These Times
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Reader reviewed by Amy

I absolutely loved this book! I found it to be a real page turner, and I really felt like I could understand the characters and their different opinions. I think that any student or teacher would be able to read this book and enjoy it if not relate to it because of the theme of violence in schools and how it affects each person in the story. I would say that it is a definite read!

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An amazing book about the effects of school shootings
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Reader reviewed by linda

We've all heard of those school shootings in Columbine and other schools and you've probably read a story like "Give a Boy a Gun" or "Shooter" that examines the reasons for the shootings, but "After" tells a whole other story. As the title suggests, "After" is about the after-effects of school shootings. It's about a school that decides to prevent a school shooting before it starts. While in theory that is a good idea; by counseling "outcasts" and stopping bullying, it could work but that's not what this school's principal was thinking about. The actions were more along the lines of brainwashing, invasion of privacy, and profiling which lead to the arrests of innocent kids and some deaths. "After" is a must-read, one of the best books I have ever read.
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There's no way to stop it.
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Reader reviewed by Leslie J. de la Rosa

When a shooting goes on in a nearby school, Central High hires a grief and crisis counselor, security is increased, and privileges are being taken away. Tom Bishop and his friends Silas, Avery, and Brian students at Central High start noticing how day by day school starts to feel like a prison. Students and teachers begin disappearing. There’s nothing they can do there’s nothing they can say, punishment is severe and you might run the risk of being send away to camp Operation Turnaround. Camps where students are supposed to wake up and see the light, but what light? A student to their knowledge is already dead who knows how many more. Francine Prose has written an haunting novel about how much you never knew how much you cared about something till it was gone and then you really missed it. I loved this book. I could not put the book down for a minute. Thrilling and exciting this book will leave you with your mouth hanging wide open to endless of possibilities. A work of art of fiction the author makes you feel like you’re there. It makes you wonder if this could ever happen and if it did would you have the courage to stand up to them, they are after all extinguishing your freedom in the name of safety. First novel for young adult readers Francine Prose is the author of eleven highly acclaimed works of fiction; Caravaggio, Leopold the Liar of Leipzig, The Peaceable Kingdom, A Changed Man, The Lives of the Muses, Woman and Children First, Household Saints, Guided Tours of Hell, Primitive People, Blue Angel, and After. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and The Paris Review. She writes regularly on art for The Wall Street Journal and lives in New York City.
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is it another 1984??
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Reader reviewed by Tawny

After a school shooting that happens 50 miles from "Toms" school, drastic measures were taken to help prevent a scene like that at his school. A greif counselor was hired who seemed to take over the school. different rules were popping up all over the place and if they were broken it was off to boot camp. What kind of boot camp was it? where the kids who went seemed to disapear!
I thought this book was a great book to sit down and read and get into it. If you read the book 1984 by George Orewell (12th grade requirement which i just finished reading) it has many of the same morals. The books even ends with the same line "Big Brothers watching you." It makes you think.


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