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Friday, November 19, 2010

Review: After Ever After (Sonnenblick)

Title: After Ever After
Author: Sonnenblick
Genre: Fiction, Middle School, Friendship, Cancer
Pages: 272
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

Jeffrey isn't the little boy with cancer he was in Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.  Now he's a teen who's in remission, just trying to make it to 8th grade graduation.  But life is fragile and the after-effects of treatment have left Jeffrey with an inability to be a great student or to walk without limping.

Jeffrey is still friends with Tad, another 8th grade cancer "survivor."  Together the two of them just want to be "normal" teens, living life after the "happily ever after."  But parents still worry about them, and they will always be the poster boys for cancer. 

Jeffrey's older brother Stephen, the star of Drums, Girls..., has run away to Africa to find himself, leaving Jeffrey to narrate this tale.  People are keeping secrets, he might never graduate 8th grade, and there is a really cute girl who likes him but shouldn't.  What's a guy to do?

This is a great book about friendship...and the fact that even though we all have individual struggles, we are a lot alike.  Middle school problems are faced by everyone.  I loved Jeffrey and his sense of humor.  His take on the world is unique, but his message is universal.  His relationship with his best friend Tad is so realistic I can visualize the pair walking the hallways here at EJH.  Jeffrey's inability to know how to deal with his feelings for Lindsey is spot on 8th grade boy.

Ultimately happy, sad, honest, and hopeful, this is a wonderful read that any teen can identify with.  And though it is technically a sequel, it is not necessary to read the first one in order to appreciate this book.  A must read! 

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