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The Everafter by Amy Huntley

November 17th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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Source: Reviewed for Sacramento Book Review

Availability: In stores now

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars

When I first read the book blurb I wavered over whether this was a book I wanted to read or not.  I finally decided I had to know what happened to Madison and what would she discover in this “Is”.  At the beginning of the book Madison “wakes” not knowing who she is or where she is but she does know she’s dead.   In this “Is” Madison has no body, she is just a being that can move through this space she occupies.  As she explores she comes across what seem like random objects.  As she figures out how to trigger each object she begins to realize they are all objects she has lost at some point in life and they can take her back to that point in her life.

The style in which the story is written is certainly unique.  For the most part each chapter takes you back to a point in time where Madison lost one of her belongings.  As you begin to put together the bits and pieces of her life you slowly get to know her, her boyfriend, Gabe, and her best friend, Sandra.  At first it was a little jarring as you would jump from Madison at 16 years old to Madison at 2 years old but it all starts coming together in a way that will grab the reader and not let you go and will eventually lead you to how Madison died.

The main reason I give this only a 3 is while it’s an interesting concept and it grabbed me by the end I was thinking to myself “that’s it?”.  Somehow the ending was very anti-climatic for me.  It wraps up too abruptly and after harping about how attached Madison is to objects I don’t see the journey that teaches her to let go.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. Parajunkee

    This does sound like a good concept, but like you I’m wavering in whether I want to read it or not. I’m still wavering…lol.

  2. Justine

    This sounds good.
    And sometimes, the present/future concept confuses me so I would have to turn back a few pages to reread it. Yup, that happens to me. Still, I think I’ll give it a go :)
    Thanks for your honest review!

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