May 19, 2012

Review: After by Amy Efaw

An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant . . . Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made?Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there?s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible? she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon?s unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.

 This book delves into the other side of the ʺDumpster Babyʺ epidemic. It is told from the Mother's and Dr.'s point of views. This phenomenon is not as uncommon as you might think. I feel the author does an excellent job of describing the workings of the inner mind in these women. The sad part is that many of these children are never found. This is a very interesting way to get both sides of the story out. I feel this should be a book that every teenager, male and female, should read in partnership with the sex ed classes they take in school. I imagine a lot of teens feel and act the same way the main character does in this eye opening book. It is a very touching & heartbreaking story. What makes it so upsetting is this nightmare actually happens everyday in this country. Not only here but worldwide. This is one book I'll be recommending to Everyone! This will be a mandatory read in my household.

Publisher-Viking Juvenile
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!
Reviewed by~Mechele
~Thank you to Time Bandit Trucking for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program!~


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