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The Everafter Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 29, 2009
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This fresh take on a teen’s journey of self-exploration is a compelling and highly enjoyable tale. Huntley expertly combines a coming-of-age story with a supernatural mystery that keeps readers engrossed until the climactic ending. (School Library Journal )
“Stories about dead teens used to be mainly weepers about beautiful young girls with tragic diseases. Now along with vampires and zombies there are explorations of just what life after death might look like...Huntley’s take on the topic is cleverly constructed and compelling....Intriguing and thought-provoking.” (Kirkus Reviews )
“In The Everafter, Maddy relives moments from her life which broke her heart, made her laugh uncontrollably, and forced her to grow. Amy Huntley’s book will do the same for you.” (Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why )
[The Everafter is] a book that will stick with readers, making them think no only about Maddy but also about the nature of life and death, time, possessions, and the interactions with both people and things that make us, us. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review) )
“A mystery about life’s greatest mysteries, a love story that transcends death, a ghost story with real substance, and an altogether fascinating novel about the redemptive possibilities in lost things.” (Gabrielle Zevin, author of ELSEWHERE )
Top Customer Reviews
The book opens in a place that Madison calls Is, she doesn't know where she is or how she got there but she sees all these objects that she had in her life. They allow her to go back and re-experience certain times in her life as a participant or as an observer. Through this we get a glimpse into Madison's life and all the people and things that were important to her. And Madison finds out what has happened to her that brings her to this strange in between place.
The secondary characters were great, from Gabe, Madison's boyfriend, to her best friend Sandra to her her sister and all the other people that come in and out of her life to make it what it is. They all brought out different sides of Madison to make her a really 3-D and believable character. From her jealously of Gabe's ex-girlfriend to consoling Sharon over her crazy mother, or trying to hide her illness at her sister's wedding, we really get to know Madison.
I loved the mystery aspect of the book, how did Madison die? Which of the strange things in her life added up to her death, or was it a freak accident? I definitely was surprised when I found out the answer!
I thought The Everafter shares great imagination, passion, mystery, and one glimpse of what the end really looks like. What a great story!
The mystery of this story was interesting and kept my attention, but what will stay with me far longer is the way the author described mundane events to highlight how truly precious they are. Though I did not experience the same events Madison experienced in her life, I have experienced the same emotions: the feeling of comfort when your mother comes and makes everything right again, the feeling of jealousy raw and frustrating, the joy of unrestrained friendship, the mixed anger and sadness at the falling out with a good friend. All of these little emotions were perfectly described and made both Madison and my own memories come alive. The epilogue was bittersweet and a perfect way to close the story.
Another interesting point was how the author managed to create a fully realized character at not just one stage of her life, but from young childhood through age 17. Madison's child-self that we see in her object flashbacks was as fully rendered as her 17-year-old self. Further, these stages mesh logically to create a believable history and progression of a person. A notable achievement.
I highly recommend this book, especially to readers who enjoyed Thirteen Reasons Why. Just be prepared with a box of tissues.
This story is about a girl who through the items she lost see glimpses of her life, pieces together the person who she was, and get the unique chance to change what happened.
The book Everafter is a magical read. In the span of 248 pages you are right with Maddison trying to piece together a life forgotten all the while trying to solve the question; how did Maddison Stanton die? The book is dark as it does go into death and looks at the choices we, as people, make everyday. With Maddison the reader gets to experience the feeling of loss and also the joy in the memories we have. And greater still look into the choices we make and the things we say (or don't) and how they can impact our future. One of the greatest questions is if one can change the past, will it alter the future? Will wrongs be righted? Or is our future already set, our destiny carved for us?
This is a story which delves into all of that, and even in reading the darkest of Maddison's moments you still won't be able to stop reading and even when the story has be told you won't be able to forget. You'll cry, and laugh, cry, fall deeply in love, and in the end find peace.It's a moving book worth every penny, and it may just change your life. Dark yes, but a story meant to be told and one all can learn from.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3 intense hours I spent in this world that was created by the author. I'm sad to leave it, but eager to see what other worlds she has in store for us! Highly recommend!Published 3 months ago by Lorrie Schumacher
I don't read. at all. but for some odd reason when my class went to the book fair this book caught my eye and I said sure lets try this and I absolutely loved this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
the ever after was a great book. I loved the ending when Madison finds out how she died. absolutely could not put this book down. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Allegiance Battista
At first it starts of very boring and confusing, but once you start getting into it it's hard to put it down.Published 13 months ago by Taynara Gomes
I've had this book sitting on my shelf forever and one of my friends recommended that I pick it up so I did. Read more
This is a great book so far (i just started reading it). The cover is beautiful. It arrived in perfect condition, brand new.Published on June 21, 2014 by Breckenlyn
This book was sad and yet somehow a little uplifting. It deals with the after of death. What happens to us after we die? It really made me think. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Britt R.