Book Review: After by Amy Efaw;

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

After by Amy Efaw
Book rating: A

After by Amy Efaw


An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . .

Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made - Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.

And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible - she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon's unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.


If I were to see this story on TV, say, on CourtTV or something, the first thing that would pop into my mind would be:

What kind of a sick, disgusting, disturbed person would ever dump their own baby into a dumpster?

I am intreged by books, movies, or TV shows that have anything to do with a crime related story-line. That was the first thing that got me interested in reading this book. The second was that, in the book description, it gave the impression that I would be able to understand Devon’s (the main character) decision to dump her baby into a dumpster just outside her apartment complex.

So, being in love with these kinds of story-lines, I immediately was like “Yes! I want to understand what was going on in the mind of this 15 year old girl."

I don’t want to give away the book, so I won’t say too much.

Amy Efaw definitely does an excellent job of getting into Devon’s mind. She does an excellent job of describing all of the struggles that Devon went through, and why she dumped her own newborn baby into a dumpster.

Again, I don’t want to give anything more away that what the book description says. I want you to see what I’m talking about, and why I feel this book is incredible, and how I was able to finally (after my whole life, reading endlessly) pick out my favorite book that I have ever read.

Now, after reading this book, if I were to see this story on the news or something, I wouldn’t just think what a terrible mother this woman is. I would look into it, and see if she had an explanation.

“After” really changed my view on a story such as this one, which is not easy to do. I’m one of those people whose decisions and views on things are planted firmly to the ground, with no chance of being changed. (With, of course, “After” being the only exception I can think of.)


Now, I know that even if you really wanted to read this book that money could be an issue. But libraries are definitely a good place to go! (:


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this book review. I give “After” a million stars, and if I had a million thumbs, I would give it a million thumbs up. But since I only have two, that will have to do.

I’ll be looking for this book to be turned into a movie in the future. It’s that good. And an inspiration for those who wish to turn their love for writing into a career.

Happy reading!
Wow, that was really nerdy. Whatever! lol

Submitted: November 09, 2010

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Sounds like a great book!!!

Tue, January 18th, 2011 5:43am

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