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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: August 11, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002L7KSRA
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After Devon Davenport hides her pregnancy then throws the baby into the trash, she's sent to a detention center to await the decision whether she will be tried as a juvenile or an adult. Frightened, angry, distrustful but most of all traumatized, Devon struggles to adjust to her new surroundings and recall the events of her pregnancy and giving birth with the help of her no-nonsense but compassionate attorney.
As a psychologist, I felt Amy Efaw did a masterful job creating an authentic and sympathetic character in Devon, a young teen of a neglectful, narcissistic mother. Devon basically raised herself, while trying to ignore her sexually inappropriate mother. While lots of people reached out to Devon during the months she tried to hide her pregnancy, I could see why she pushed them away. After she gave birth, Devon kept pushing people away probably due to PTSD which she may have had even before becoming pregnant due to her childhood.
Efaw slowly reveals the plot, as Devon recalls and develops insight into her why she did what she did. Although AFTER had an appropriate conclusion, Devon's story begs for a sequel. I enjoyed Efaw's writing style, character development and how she presented AFTER.
THEMES: teens, pregnancy, juvenile detention, court, PTSD, neglect,
AFTER is the type of novel that will appeal to both teens and adults. Some readers might think they'd never make the mistakes Devon did, and most probably wouldn't. Hopefully they'll be able to better understand the circumstances that lead to someone like Devon to commit a heinous crime, yet have the potential for rehabilitation.
Summary: Devon has everything going for her at school; she gets stellar grades, plays club soccer, and is on the varsity soccer team. She spends 9 months lying to herself and those around her after one night’s mistake. Experiencing nothing but shock when she gives birth, she decides to dispose of the infant in a dumpster. This novel follows the Devon through the repercussions of her terrifying actions.
· The plot is unlike anything I have read before.
· This is a fast-paced, haunting novel that will stick in your mind for a long time.
· The main character’s attitude throughout the book made it very difficult to feel connected with her. I did not care what happened to her in the end.
· Although there are multiple main characters, they were not very developed.
After is a fast-paced young adult novel that deals with a pretty heavy topic; I would recommend to the older YA crowd. It has a very unique topic that is sure to stick with the reader for a long time!
Amy Efaw takes on a whether difficult and complex issue of abandoned newborn children in this dark, legal read in 'After'. I'll be honest, I had high hopes for this book it and felt let me down, so I have to complain.
The writing was too draw out into getting to the initial course into Devon's motives and reasoning into "that night". If you ask me, "that night" the shock and surprise she felt, was more in my eyes the fear of dealing with her consequences, present to the possible future. It was also whether hard for me sympathize with the Devon character throughout most of the book because she appeared selfish at times and felt the need to blame her mother for her miserable life. Ok, this kid was a A+ student, sport's star destined to play for a D-1 college soccer someday, and well liked by many... but her life still suck? You know how many teens wished they had it that good just for themselves and keep their parents satisfied. Granted, Devon's mother Jennifer is a tad flirtatious and a few non-successful relationships, but she did the best she could to raise Devon even neglecting her own family just to make a life for the two of them. So to me, Devon's punishment at her mother was not justified at all. Also I was whether disappointed in Devon's lack of communication and awareness throughout most of the book, that became tiresome and frustrating. I don't know if Efaw was trying to hint at mental illness for Devon, but if you are going to go there -- do so or don't at all.
However, while most of the book was a bit of a drag and has its flaws, the last hundred pages saved the day primarily as it surround Devon's fate in her hearing. Devon does get back into my good graces once the book ends.
To conclude, I found it to be a respectable read and brave attempt, but it whether slow and drug out much too long for my liking. It does beg the question: Do you buy into Devon's denial-pregnancy or not? For me, I couldn't. Because WHAT IF the baby took a tragic fate after all? Efaw does a good job with her research but her execution through most of the book was not that effective.
deliver. It's hard to develop any sympathy for the main character; she's a girl who threw away a baby, and she spends most of the novel confused about what she's just done and why she's in juvenile detention. You just don't root for her like you would for the protagonist of Efaw's first novel (and you're probably not meant to).
What makes this book worth reading is the depths to which it goes to try and explain why a girl would throw her baby away in the first place, and what happens when she gets caught. The book is very thoroughly researched (a number of the characters in the book, like the doctor, for example, are real people), and it's an eye-opening look into the world of the juvenile justice system.
All in all, worth reading. But don't expect "Battle Dress".