Monday, August 2, 2010

An Interesting Topic

After is one of those interesting topics that is rarely discussed. The idea that a mother could have a child and throw it in the garbage like a discarded hamburger wrapper is something a lot of people cannot wrap their heads around. But maybe that's a good thing.

Devon Davenport tries to be the perfect student. She is great at soccer and wants to be the best player she can be. Besides being an amazing athlete she is a great student. However, Devon makes a big mistake. She ends up having unprotected sex and then gets pregnant.

Most of the story is told in flashbacks as Devon tries to remember how she became pregnant and how she tried to cover up, and forget, her pregnancy.

I enjoyed this book because of the subject matter. I think the author did a good job of trying to get inside Devon's mind and explaining why she would throw out her baby. While I did enjoy the book I'm not sure I was sold on the ending. But this is a personal preference, and I won't give it away. Some readers may enjoy it.

Students who are looking for a mature book will like this one. The subject matter is handled very well and it's one of those real life stories a lot of my teen patrons crave.


Kate said...

Great review. This is a book I'm really interested in reading. I just can't imagine someone throwing away their child. I'd love to see how she rationalises it.

Katrina L. Burchett said...

I read After a while back (3 star review posted on Amazon) and I saw the flashbacks as Devon trying to escape the present so she wouldn't have to deal with what she did. Different readers, different views ;) I did like the choice Devon made in the end.