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The Everafter Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 29, 2009

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Grade 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Madison Stanton is dead. When she awakes in a vast expanse of nothingness, she realizes that she doesn't remember her past life, much less how she died. As she explores her surroundings, she finds glowing items scattered about her, such as a bracelet, a pair of socks, keys, and a sweatshirt. When she imagines putting the shirt on her nonexistent body, she's brought back to a moment in her former life. From this experience she learns that every object around her is something that she lost while she was alive, and that using it will bring her spirit back to the moment in which it went missing. Armed with this knowledge, she attempts to discover how she died. With some help from the spirits of her boyfriend Gabe and her ex-friend Tammy, Madison learns the shattering truth of her demise. 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. This touching story will appeal to those looking for a ghost story, romance, or family drama.—Laura Amos, Newport News Public Library, VA
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“Huntley is an author worth watching.” (Publishers Weekly )

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 )
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061776793
  • ASIN: B003F76HCK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,205,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mint910 VINE VOICE on October 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Everafter was like a puzzle that got put together page by page. I loved the author's view of what happens when someone dies and how it's so so so personalized to someone's own life and existence. It reminded me a little of The Lovely Bones in the sense that this is what I wish the Lovely Bones was like, I did not like that book one bit, but this one, this one was amazing!

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!
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Madison wakes up in nothingness--a blank void with a seemingly random group of objects floating around her. The only thing she knows for sure is that she is dead, though she does not know how or when she died. Madison eventually figures out that the objects floating with her are objects she lost when she was alive. By touching each object, she can return to the moment and relive the events. Madison obsessively touches these objects, traveling back to relive these lost moments of life and discover how she died.

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.
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I first read this book in 2010 and immediately fell in love with it. I even read it six more times that following week. But I want to tell you how much I love this book because like you said yourself has object attachment well so do I, and I can relate to that as well as wondering what it would be die and what will happen to me afterwards. This book has helped me in some ways be less afraid to die because for some reason I am so worked up about death that I don't pay attention to living and the Everafter has helped me in my life time so far and realize how much people take there life for granted and how we need to enjoy the little amount of time we have on this earth. But with all do respect I would really want to know what happens to Madison and Gabe when they get to the Everafter? Does Madison find her parents? Do she and Gabe have like a ghost marriage? But I really just wanted to thank you for wrighting this most magnificent book and I really hope you have more book available for me to read!!!
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By AJ on February 17, 2011
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At first I thought the book was a little slow. It was written in a way that took a little getting used to - mainly Maddy being a .... well a nothing... a ghost of sorts that travels to places in her past life where she lost item. It is a quick read and I soon found that it was very enjoyable. Each scene is real and you really do get a sense of the characters even though you are with them so shortly. Overall it is a good, short read and very well done.
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Everafter tells a story of Maddison who finds her self in a place that "is" knowing only one thing for certain she is dead. No memories to tell her who she is, why she is where she is, or where she is. The only thing she sees is darkness and the things she lost (though how or where or why she lost such items she doesn't know)

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.
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