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Book 1 of 3 in the Hereafter Series

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Editorial Reviews


“A tender and poignant love story with a ghostly twist.” (Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of HUSH, HUSH)

Twisting together chilling mystery and sweet romance, HEREAFTER leaves the possibilities of a world unseen lingering in your mind and your heart long after you’ve turned the final page. (Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of Nightshade)

“A must for collections.” (Booklist)

About the Author

Tara Hudson lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

After receiving her law degree, she began writing to entertain her girlfriends. They read her story about a ghost girl who awakes in a cemetery and wanted to know more. This short piece inspired the Hereafter trilogy, which culminates in Elegy.


Product Details

  • Series: Hereafter Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062026781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062026781
  • ASIN: 006202678X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in Oklahoma, Tara Hudson graduated with a degree in law, mostly because she believed all the horror stories about English majors and their careers in the food-service industry. Luckily, she soon remembered how much she loved telling ghost stories, particularly to her girlfriends who liked visiting abandoned cemeteries as much as she did. Tara currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Allgood on June 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hereafter, by Tara Hudson, is another breakthrough novel in that growing class of "Young (at heart?) Adult" stories. Extremely well written. A very quick read. Your teen girl will love it. Your wife will probably love it, as well.

Synopsis (no spoilers):

Amelia is dead. Not in that cool "I'm dead, so now I'm stronger, faster, and sexier with super powers" vampire way. She's dead in that sucky "I can't remember anything about my life, can't affect anything in the world, wake up in the same place every time" Groundhog Day kinda way. But that all changes when, you guessed it, she meets a boy. Not just any old regular teenage male, but The Boy.

Joshua, is the popular, good-looking nice guy that just happens to drive his car of the same bridge, into the same river, where Amelia perished. After his brief crossover into the land incorporeal, Joshua returns to life and thanks to some family "seer" blood, can now, well, "see" Amelia. The two begin to interact which, with no one being able to view Amelia, leads to some interesting high school hijinx.

Of course, the story isn't complete without an opposing suitor for Amelia's attentions. Enter Eli, a rock'n'roll ghost who 'recruits' other recently departed souls into a colorless, dreary afterlife. He has some power over these wraiths granted to him from his employers. You know what they say. It's better to reign in colorless, dreary afterlife than to serve in, well ... Eli wants a junior-partner/love-interest and thinks Amelia will fit the job. Unlike other stories in the genre, Amelia isn't torn in her love between the two. In fact, she is clearly only interested in one person, and it ain't Eli.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Crystal- Elegantly Bound Books on June 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I felt there was something missing in this book. It was the typical boy meet girl, girl's a ghost and now they have to figure out how that's going to work. Well, I guess that's not so typical but I felt like that was the whole plot line. I also lacked the emotional connection to the characters that makes the story memorable. It didn't win a place in my heart.

My favorite parts of the story were the fact that she only knew her name and nothing else and her trying to figure out her life and how she died. I'm really a sucker for a good mystery so I was very intrigued when different aspects of her life started to be revealed.

Of course, there was a bad guy, Eli, and he was the spirit who was charged with watching over the river and meadow area where Amelia died. He wasn't all that scary and I expected Amelia to win out in the end now matter what happened. I didn't really worry for her like I have for other characters in stories I've read before. When I read this type of book, I want to be sitting on the edge of my seat, unable to anticipate the next move or the next scene. But I didn't feel that anxiousness in this book.

Even though the story line was really good and very interesting, I just didn't feel the chemistry between the two main characters; I couldn't get a solid sense of their feelings. Although I was left unsatisfied, I was intrigued enough to continue reading the series if it should continue.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) on June 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Amelia's dead which kind of sucks, but it mostly consists of walking around feeling nothing and nightmares. Her ghostly existence vastly improves when a hottie, Joshua, nearly drowns in the same place she drowned. It's love at first sight for both of them. But can a boy and a ghost really make it work?

Oh my god. This book. I just. Aaaaaaahhhh! To begin and explain simply, this book is definitely capitalizing off of the Twilight school of YA popularity. The writing and the plot are ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is the insta-love (just add water! - Get it?) between the main characters. In my last top ten list about the most obnoxious YA heroines, I mentioned Bianca from Evernight for the trait of immediate obsessive, ridiculously gooey love, but definitely would steal this crown from her without a contest.

Ghosts are tricky heroines. For one thing, they're insubstantial, so what they can do is a bit limited. Of course, with any other paranormal thing, there are ways to play with the legend and make them a bit more interesting. Hudson has devised her own, rather inconsistent ghost lore. Amelia mostly can't do anything. She can't open doors or move things or go through them. Apparently though, she can cry and bleed and breathe and have a racing heartbeat. Well, I lied. She does get to touch one thing (well, a couple others too, but pretty much only in conjunction with this one): super smexy Joshua, whose life she saved. Yeah, they can touch all they want and he can see her because of his ghost-seeing and exorcism powers. Convenient that.

Joshua couldn't actually see ghosts until he died just a lil bit in the water that night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Savannah (Books With Bite) on June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Now this is one book that totally blew me off my feet! The plot! OMG!, the plot. It had me hooked from the very first page! I like that this book has very unique idea. The way it was played out was good. I enjoyed learning and going along with the characters as they discovered the past that they have forgotten.

The characters in this book I loved. I like how the main character was lost. It made the story much more juicier cause you, as the reader, get to experience everything as the first just like her. Amelia is so strong and different. I even enjoyed her willingness to finds things out. After sitting out for a while, she wanted answers!!

The love interest in the book is what makes this book rock. It like a love that is forbidden and somewhat impossible. I like how well they connected with each other from the first time that they meant. It seemed as though they had a long history with each other. You knew they were meant to be together. The obstacles they went through were the same as any other couple but still a little much harder. I can only hope that they can have a future together.

Hereafter is a great, haunting book with a love that is forbidden and worth fighting for. Her plot twists were amazing as well as the details going into the book. The places, feelings, and characters you can all feel and see in your head. This is one book you don't want to miss reading!
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