Parents' Guide to

Life After Theft

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Ghost story with a lot of heart.

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Private school, new student, rich kids, secrets, a ghost -- the author creates a scintillating premise here, and yet her book is mostly appealing because of her nerdy narrator with a heart of gold. It's easy to be on Jeff's side, even when he makes mistakes or actually breaks the law. That's because he's always motivated by a greater good, such as helping Kimberlee or trying to be a good boyfriend to Sera. At least he's quick to apologize when he messes up.

Readers may not buy all the plot points (for example, Jeff's girlfriend's deep dark secret about why she really hates Kimberlee feels too small when it's finally revealed). But even though this book is based on a fantasy premise, it's got plenty of important reality-based messages to impart about kindness, trust, and redemption. Readers will be moved as Jeff in particular tries to do the right thing, even when he has to do something hard or sacrifice himself.

Book Details

  • Author: Aprilynne Pike
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: April 30, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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