After by Amy Efaw Review

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 |

Certainly not someone like Devon- straight-A student, soccer player with Olympic dreams, more mature than her own mother. But desperation and panic drove her to do what most people can't even imagine. Now Devon's in a juvenile detention center, charged with attempted murder.

Because of the nature of this book, it's very difficult to review. It's hard to look at the writing quality or the characterization when the topic is so hard-hitting and difficult to comprehend.

After was written in a very matter-of-fact way, which I think was exactly the way it needed to be written. The idea of "dumpster babies" is grounded by emotion and opinion, both weighty and tricky to approach. However, Efaw's third person point of view addressed this issue. Had she put the reader directly into Devon's shoes, this story could have easily been too overwhelming.

I also loved Dom's character. For every emotional breakdown Devon had, Dom was there with a voice of calm. She wasn't preachy or condescending. She was a capable and sensible attorney that didn't share her oppinon of Devon's crime. It was relieving to have a well-rounded character amidst the mess.

Although I think After had a powerful message to spread, it wasn't my favorite read. It was heavy and saddening. I would recommend it to those interested in the 'dumpster baby phenomenon,' but I would consider the overall mood of the book before jumping right in.

Rating: 8.5/10


Eli said...

I like books like this, so I may have to check After out. I've been in the mood for a book with s strong message. Great review. :)

Nina said...

Thanks for the warning sign. This book is not good for me at the moment, I am in the middle of studying and a book that isn't light is not getting near me! :)
Thanks for the great review, it does sounds interesting to read.

Marce said...

I have this one on my TBR list, I enjoy emotional reads so look forward to getting to it.

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