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Parents' Guide to

The Everafter

By Debra Bogart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mystery, not misery, at heart of this dead teen narrative.

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This is another teen novel written from the perspective of the dead girl; its structure is confusing and there are many plot lines involved, so it's difficult to really know or mourn the characters. Teen readers will enjoy the romance, and relate to the family dynamics of Maddy, and also the romance between Maddy and Gabe. Readers who like ghost stories will also enjoy this book. Most of the characters have secrets, including the ghosts,and those become more compelling than the mystery of what happens in the afterlife. There is a lot of discussion of poetry by Emily Dickinson, instead of any discussion of religion(s).

The book can't seem to decide if it's a murder mystery or a philosophical discussion, but there are plenty of young adult issues (sibling rivalry, emotional abuse, first romance, etc.) to keep teen readers involved.

Book Details

  • Author: Amy Huntley
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Publication date: September 29, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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