Reading for a Lifetime Together

After by Amy Efaw
April 5, 2011, 2:19 am
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 After by Amy Efaw is set in Tacoma. Devon Davenport is a teenage soccer star who lives with her mom. They live in a small apartment paid for by her mom’s midnight shift at Safeway. After starts just before Devon is arrested for abandoning her newborn baby in a trashcan. The baby lives and police find Devon when they are canvassing the area. Devon is arrested although she lost a lot of blood after giving birth alone in her bathroom. She is sent to a juvenile detention center and waits for the meeting to decide whether Devon will be tried as an adult or a minor. After follows Devon up to that hearing and slowly Efaw reveals who the father is and why Devon abandoned the baby.

Of the four books I read for Read for a Lifetime, After was definitely my favorite. Devon came to life and seemed like an actual person. I felt connected to Devon right after the first chapter. My only problem with After is the ending. I hated that Devon pleaded guilty even though it was the right thing to do. I think I feel this way because Devon would have had so much potential if she were set free. So even though After was the best book, it had the worst ending.

Hannah Benson 4th hour


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