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After Ever After Hardcover – February 1, 2010
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"Jordan Sonnenblick attended amazing schools in New York City. Then he went to an incredible Ivy League university and studied very, very hard there. However, due to his careful and well-planned course selection strategies, he emerged in 1991 with a fancy-looking diploma and a breathtaking lack of real-world skills or employability.
Thank goodness for Teach for America, a program which takes new college graduates, puts them through 'teacher boot camp', and places them in teaching positions at schools in teacher shortage areas around the country. Through TFA, Mr. Sonnenblick found his place in the grown-up world, teaching adolescents about the wonders and joys, the truth and beauty, of literature.
Mr. Sonnenblick always wanted to be a writer, too, so one day in 2003 he started in on the book that became Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. This book was inspired by several aspects of the author's real life: like Steven, the main character in the novel, he really plays the drums, he really went through an incredibly awkward year when he was 13, and he really was completely spastic around girls until right around his 21st birthday. The made-up parts of the book are all reflections of the author's basic philosophy, which is that the world is a tough place, so you'd better be kind and laugh a lot.
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie was published by Scholastic Press in 2005 to great acclaim, and was named to several Best of 2005 lists, including the ALA's Teens' Top Ten.
In October 2006, Scholastic will release Mr. Sonnenblick's second novel, Notes from the Midnight Driver, which is about drunk driving, lawn gnomes, divorced parents, a unique old man, and a beautiful girl with deadly hobbies.
Mr. Sonnenblick lives in Bethlehem, PA with the most supportive wife and lovable children he could ever imagine. Plus a lot of drums and guitars in the basement."
I think that pretty much sums it up.
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Jeffrey is ironically starting the eighth grade. That's the grade his older brother, Steven, was in when Jeffrey was diagnosed with leukemia. Jeffrey is now in remission from the disease, but he suffers from some side effects from the chemo treatment that saved his life. He walks with a limp, his attention wanders easily, and his brain just refuses to process anything related to math.
Not a big deal, you say. Well, if your father is an accountant and the mailman has just delivered a letter saying that every eighth grader in the state must pass a set of required tests, including a math test, or repeat the eighth grade, let's just say things have looked rosier.
A lot of other things have changed for Jeffrey, as well. His brother graduated from high school and went off to college. Again, not a big deal, but then Steven decided after three years of college that he would drop everything and head to Africa to become part of a drum circle. That left Jeffrey on his own to deal with his last year of middle school.
Fortunately, back in fourth grade, Jeffrey found his best friend, Tad. Tad was also a cancer survivor. In fact, Tad had survived the disease twice. It left him weak enough to need a wheelchair, but it certainly strengthened his wit and wisdom when it came to dealing with daily life.
When Tad learns about the state testing requirement, he steps up to help Jeffrey by becoming his official math tutor. The two make a deal that Jeffrey will study hard to pass the test, and Tad will train hard so he is able to walk across the eighth grade graduation stage under his own power.Read more ›
Years later, Jeffrey's in remission, but reminded of his illness every day, thanks to the limp and other irrevocable marks left on his body and his mind by the cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy left him "a little scrambled up," making him "spacey" on occasion. Now in eighth grade, he instantly bonds with a new classmate, a girl who just moved to New Jersey from California. The second Jeffrey meets Lindsey, he knows she's his dream girl. Dealing with middle school (and trying to impress female classmates) is hard enough without having physical impairments, but Jeffrey has an unsinkable spirit. His best friend, Tad, also a cancer survivor, is less upbeat about his condition. The two boys have leaned on each other both in and outside of school since the fourth grade. Now, their last year in middle school will test their strength - physical strength, mental strength, and strength of character - over and over again.
After Ever After will make readers laugh and cry and feel. It will be a delight to fans of Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, the book that introduced us to the Alper family, a book that I read, loved, and hand-sold like crazy the year of its release, and have continued to recommend ever since. After Ever After is a solid stand-alone story, so those who came upon After without having read Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie won't be lost, but they would be wise to read the equally-fabulous Drums to see how the story began.Read more ›
One main reason why I found enjoyment in reading After Ever After was due to its relatability. Being around the same age as Jeffrey Alper, I could better understand the topics and ideals he described because of his language and phrasings. Because of this, I would only suggest this book to younger readers around the ages of 12-15. Also, all the events were described in full detail, making the it easy to follow. I scarcely ran into the problem of misinterpretation, feeling lost in the story's occurrences, or having to reread sections multiple times. On a side note, this novel is written in the first person point of view in the perspective of Jeffrey Alper. A common issue I discover with first person narratives are that they can often lose readers' attention with unnecessary or boring information about their personal life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing! This is the second book I have read by Sonnenblick and both were great. This book is just life in pages, with death and humor.Published 10 days ago by ImAnimalAtHeart
This book is my new favorite book. So inspiring!! It makes you think of all the things in life and what they mean to you.Published 21 days ago
I love the writing and the characters😍 and I recommend this book to any middle schooler!!! I rate this book 5👌 because it's humorous, sad, and exiting at the same time. Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gemini
I read the first one a few years ago, and recently found out that there was a sequel. I ordered it ASAP and it was delivered to me in two days. It was such a great book! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shenetha
My wife bought this book to be read on her Kindle Fire HD, she is an avid reader especially on her KindlePublished 7 months ago by C. C.
Wonderful follow up to the fantastically charming 'Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie' novel. As a teacher, I'm always looking for good novels to read in the classroom. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike McMannes
I loved this sequel to my favorite book, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. I think that the first book was the best but this was still great!!!Published 7 months ago by .....