After

After[PDF / Epub] ☉ After By Amy Efaw – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 Devo 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 murdererAnd 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 350 pages
  • After
  • Amy Efaw
  • English
  • 04 December 2017
  • 0670011835

10 thoughts on “After

  1. laaaaames says:

    I have so many problems with this book.1 I always deem it slightly unfair of me to say a book should have been written in a different way, since that s not my job as a reader to decide HOWEVER The juvenile detention courtroom procedures were hardly the most intriguing part of this story to me, and yet that s the majority of what we got If I wanted that I d just watch Law Order Special Victims Unit which at least has theatre actors in guest starring roles and bizarro plotlines that make me I have so many problems with this book.1 I always deem it slightly unfair of me to say a book should have been written in a different way, since that s not my job as a reader to decide HOWEVER The juvenile detention courtroom procedures were hardly the most intriguing part of this story to me, and yet that s the majority of what we got If I wanted that I d just watch Law Order Special Victims Unit which at least has theatre actors in guest starring roles and bizarro plotlines that make me laugh.2 The mom is so ridiculous If there s a stereotype about a whore bad mother not included here, I d like to hear it Actually I would not Just saying Also, and this is tied up with a forthcoming issue I had, the revelation Devon has about her mom toward the end is really unfair in my opinion I suppose we re allowed to believe up until then Devon had just been unfair and one sided, but for me it was frustrating watching after pages and pages of letting us know how effing whorey and bad mom y Devon s mom was, and then being told that was all OK because at least the mom had had Devon and changed her diapers and stuff It reads like anti choice rhetoric to me It s not about being a good, loving parent that s important, noooo It s not about making choices you re actually OK with It s about giving birth and being a mom to a baby no matter how you feel about that pregnancy.3 Right, and that Devon s turnaround at the end Ms Efaw, I am horrified at this lesson I am so angry that a girl who s gone through so much pain, physically and emotionally, who is obviously in need of psychiatric counseling and perhaps a foster family who will be there for her, casts all of that aside to teach us a tidy little lesson about What We Ladies Owe To Our Babies.I d love to read a thoughtful, feminist exploration of a girl in denial of her sexuality, her pregnancy, her labor and childbirth Someone out there Write it read 30

  2. Steph (Reviewer X) says:

    A PSEUDO REVIEW FOR THOSE WONDERING WHAT THIS IS ABOUT The publisher asked for a review to be posted around the pub date, which is in August, which means I won t get around to it for a while But here you have a bit of a preview It s about this girl, Devon, who dumps her baby in the trash She s fifteen The book opens with her mom coming home from her bartending job and Devon lying in the couch almost unconscious Her mom s kind of flaky, so she doesn t even notice how sick Devon is, just A PSEUDO REVIEW FOR THOSE WONDERING WHAT THIS IS ABOUT The publisher asked for a review to be posted around the pub date, which is in August, which means I won t get around to it for a while But here you have a bit of a preview It s about this girl, Devon, who dumps her baby in the trash She s fifteen The book opens with her mom coming home from her bartending job and Devon lying in the couch almost unconscious Her mom s kind of flaky, so she doesn t even notice how sick Devon is, just semi chastises her for missing school and launches into a story of how they d found a baby in the dumpster just outside their apartment complex A few minutes later, a police officer comes knocking on the door with his partner, because they re canvassing the place He asks the mom if she d heard anything or knew of anyone who d been pregnant lately She says she had JUST gotten home, and said Devon might know something, all the while flirting with the officers.So they come in and see Devon there on the couch, losing consciousness Her mom gets annoyed that she won t get up and begins tugging on her to do so Then she yanks the big, bulky blanket Devon was under, and they all see all this blood around her legs and lower stomach The officers arrest her, her mom goes crazy, and she loses consciousness.The book chronicles what happened before and after that some flashbacks explaining how Devon, this super devoted, serious student and ber talented soccer player, became pregnant and came to dump her baby, and the court process It s a truly compelling read What I truly loved is that it doesn t get overbearing or try to justify the crime itself, but rather explains how Devon or any girl, really might get there There wasn t any condescending or overly sympathetic tone in the narrative, no interruption from the author, absolutely nothing very straightforward.I will say the ending sort of disappointed me, but I d still recommend this book in a heartbeat Will I have anything for a proper review now P

  3. Hope says:

    The first thing I feel the need to address would be my eyes constant state of watering while reading this book I don t know if it s the time of year Do I have a cold or something It seemed like every time I d pick this up, my eyes would start over moisturizing and I d be blinking in a constant, mighty effort to keep the page from swimming into an unreadable blur What else could it have been but a cold I don t cry easily No And yet, there I was, at the end of chapter 4, curled up on th The first thing I feel the need to address would be my eyes constant state of watering while reading this book I don t know if it s the time of year Do I have a cold or something It seemed like every time I d pick this up, my eyes would start over moisturizing and I d be blinking in a constant, mighty effort to keep the page from swimming into an unreadable blur What else could it have been but a cold I don t cry easily No And yet, there I was, at the end of chapter 4, curled up on the couch, hiding behind the book with big, silent tears rolling down my cheeks In that short amount of time, Devon had already gotten to my heart This book made me sad, so sad There were times when I wanted to jump inside the pages for just a moment, and hug Devon Just hug her She s such a breakable darling And this story broke my heart broke it right in two and I cried, I cried, I cried The very bleakness of the writing, the confusion, the fear, the sadness, the pain it s all just there This is not a reading experience for the faint of heart If you want a book that ll leave you with warm fuzzy feelings at the end, leave you with a smile, then don t read this I surely don t think that everybody reading this would be reduced to tears by the fifth chapter Maybe I m overly emotional, I don t know But I think, if this doesn t make you unspeakably sad in some way, you are quite a robotic brand of humanity Of course I don t want to give away anything, and thus, I can t give away the ending But I will say that the ending made sense to me It seemed right and just and realistic Over all, a very thought provoking, well researched read But I only recommend it if you re feeling particularly fearless This is painfully real I can t give it less than five stars, with the subject matter, and I don t know what else to say about it I m speechless

  4. Kristy says:

    Props to Amy Efaw This author made me root for a girl who dumped her baby in a trash bag and feel empathy toward her Before reading this, I would have said send her to jail, try her as an adult, who cares about her But after reading it, I care about the girl This author did her job She made me feel exactly what she wanted me to Enter Devon above average, smart, atelethic, goal oriented 15 year old girl Everything is going for her unitl one day while babysitting she meets a guy They en Props to Amy Efaw This author made me root for a girl who dumped her baby in a trash bag and feel empathy toward her Before reading this, I would have said send her to jail, try her as an adult, who cares about her But after reading it, I care about the girl This author did her job She made me feel exactly what she wanted me to Enter Devon above average, smart, atelethic, goal oriented 15 year old girl Everything is going for her unitl one day while babysitting she meets a guy They end up doing the nasty, which is Devon s first and only time, then she decides she will never talk to him again She is ashamed of herself She vowed she wouldn t be like her mother no sex, no relationships until way later in life She has goals for her future Something happens after she looses her virginity, she inverts, she starts lying to everyone, including herself Months go by and she notices herself not feeling good, dragging She will not admit IT to herself One night while her Mother is working, she gets sick So she thinks She has stomach problems, but not really She is pregnant and at this moment she is in labor She panics She cuts the cord with fingernail clippers She dumps the baby in a bag She takes IT out She goes to sleep No one knows Only someone finds this baby screaming, and IT lives The police eventually track it back to her and she ends up in prison Will she be considered in trial as an adult or Juvienile What will people say about her What is going to happen to her future This is another book that I will chant READ IT, READ IT, READ IT Seriously, this one doesn t feel like a Young Adult book, this has relevance This book matters This book opened my eyes and changed my opinion Do I like it that the girl dumped her baby off NO But, I do see what was going through her mind and can t help but feel sorry for her Good people can do bad things Should she be punished Yes Like an Adult No.Sidenote I am not endorsing baby dumping There is no excuse for that I really don t understand why these mothers wouldn t at the very least find a hospital or orphanage or somewhere someone to give that innocent life to instead of just leaving it there to die This and other reviews and other fun stuff over on my blog Messyhousehappylife

  5. Ky says:

    This book taught me a lot of things about the way people work It taught me about how denial can be so strong that the lies become the truth It taught me that no matter what you say or do, they all have consequences I learned that it s not only the so called bad people who do these types of things, but the perfectly normal and average people That anyone can fall and that it s important to get back up again It taught me that panic is fear and vice versa It taught me that trust in onesel This book taught me a lot of things about the way people work It taught me about how denial can be so strong that the lies become the truth It taught me that no matter what you say or do, they all have consequences I learned that it s not only the so called bad people who do these types of things, but the perfectly normal and average people That anyone can fall and that it s important to get back up again It taught me that panic is fear and vice versa It taught me that trust in oneself, once broken, is hard to fix if you don t believe you can do it It told me that no matter how well you think you know someone, there s always something new At first, I wanted to read this book After having it at my house untouched for almost two and a half weeks, I finally got around to reading it And it broke my heart I fell in love with the main character, Devon, immediately She s my age and has a life I can empathize with, whether it be because I know what school is like in that way or because I have friends who ve experienced homes and families like hers She struck me as someone who was resolute and had so much to go for I admired her bravery and her strength At the end, though, was where I think she truly earned it What she did was something most people would never even put as a far off option So completely..selfless She could ve gone on as it was and taken the gift she d been given But she felt she didn t deserve it and her morals came eveninto play She s a truly amazing girl and I believe that Amy Efaw must be an absolutely splendid person to have caught both sides of this tragic story so eloquently

  6. Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.comDevon is a young, athletic girl with a bright future as a soccer player The Olympics have even been linked to her name How could a girl like this end up doing something as horrible as throwing a newborn baby in the trash along with other refuse from around the house While canvasing the apartment building looking for information about the abandoned baby, a police officer finds his way to Devon s door Her mother, recently home from a night shift a Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.comDevon is a young, athletic girl with a bright future as a soccer player The Olympics have even been linked to her name How could a girl like this end up doing something as horrible as throwing a newborn baby in the trash along with other refuse from around the house While canvasing the apartment building looking for information about the abandoned baby, a police officer finds his way to Devon s door Her mother, recently home from a night shift at Safeway, answers the door and starts her usual flirting She informs the officer that her daughter, Devon, stayed home from school that day because she was sick It doesn t take long for him to put two and two together.Very quickly, Devon is thrust into a world she never imagined for herself A world filled with kids with problemscomplicated than she has ever experienced A world in a juvenile detention facility under observation 24 hours a day A world without anyone she can call a friend.The reader witnesses Devon s story unfold piece by piece, almost as if we are understanding what transpired at the same time Devon does What readers will find most amazing about the entire story is the level of denial Devon immerses herself in so as to function every day Devon isn t always a likable character, mostly because of the strict discipline she holds herself to in terms of school work and soccer She rarely lets herself loose, which means people don t know who she really is including the reader.I didn t want to stop reading I needed to find out what pushed Devon to do something so horrible Through conversations with her lawyer in preparation for a trial to determine whether or not she ll be judged in the juvenile system or be sent to the adult courts, we get a good picture of what was going through Devon s head AFTER is definitely an engaging read

  7. MissBecka says:

    The plot is interesting uncommon in YA, but the characters are shallow and the writing kind of drags Not for me The plot is interesting uncommon in YA, but the characters are shallow and the writing kind of drags Not for me

  8. Arminzerella says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Devon Davenport is in denial She s always wanted to be different from her mother, a single parent whose poor choices in life got her knocked up when she was too young, and have had her running away from bad relationships, bad jobs, and other bad decisions ever since So far, Devon has been successful a model student, a reliable babysitter, an amazing soccer player She s smart, motivated, reliable all of the things her mom is not But then she meets a guy And in the heat of the moment, the Devon Davenport is in denial She s always wanted to be different from her mother, a single parent whose poor choices in life got her knocked up when she was too young, and have had her running away from bad relationships, bad jobs, and other bad decisions ever since So far, Devon has been successful a model student, a reliable babysitter, an amazing soccer player She s smart, motivated, reliable all of the things her mom is not But then she meets a guy And in the heat of the moment, they have unprotected sex And Devon gets pregnant And suddenly, she s becoming her mother, and she s terrified She absolutely cannot be pregnant Devon puts that possibility so far out of her mind that when she actually gives birth one morning at home in the bathroom, she s shocked and horrified So very horrified, that she takes her newborn baby, puts IT in a garbage bag, and puts it out with the trash believing that she s taken care of the problem and no one has to know not even herself what happened But the baby is discovered, and Devon s terrible secret comes to light almost immediately afterward, and then thanks to the media everyone finds out what she did Devon s story is told in a series of flashbacks as she talks to her lawyer and psychiatrist, and culminates in a hearing where witnesses testify for and against her and it is determined whether or not she should be tried as an adult or a child This story would have beensuccessful, meaningful, powerful if I d been able to better identify with the protagonist But, Devon was frustratingly silent and stubborn She either can t or won t come to terms with what she s done although, there s an excellent explanation for this toward the end of the novel when her psychiatrist builds the case that Devon was in denial the whole time , and she s not forthcoming with the details, which drives her lawyer and me crazy Devon seems to be almost dead inside, and it s really hard to empathize with her The choices that she makes not to seek help, not to imagine the possibility that she may be pregnant, not to talk to the people who love her are just as poor as the ones her mother made, although they are different Despite all of the positive recommendations she receives from the people who know her, she wasn t all that likeable Devon eventually does win the right to be tried in the juvenile system, and the legal proceedings leading up to that decision are really detailed and interesting And Devon is finally able to understand what she did, and own it, internalize it, and feel the guilt and responsibility that go with that If nothing else, this story will make you think about the circumstances that led to Devon s decision, and wonder how many other women have found themselves in similar situations where they felt they had no other options That is what s most chilling

  9. Genevieve says:

    As a big fan of YA lit, I was intrigued by the premise of this novel and then horribly disappointed in the execution It read like an episode of Law and Order SVU all of the legalese with none of the emotional exploration that I expect in well written young adult novels As much as I wanted Devon to be a compelling character, her lack of self awareness made her extremely hard to like, although she is a character that inspires excessive pity Clearly, this was a teen in deep need of psychiatric As a big fan of YA lit, I was intrigued by the premise of this novel and then horribly disappointed in the execution It read like an episode of Law and Order SVU all of the legalese with none of the emotional exploration that I expect in well written young adult novels As much as I wanted Devon to be a compelling character, her lack of self awareness made her extremely hard to like, although she is a character that inspires excessive pity Clearly, this was a teen in deep need of psychiatric care, and it would have been stronger novel had it focused on that aspect and showed her coming to a clear understanding of what really happened to her Sadly, the novel never gets there, and I found the ending especially horrible It comes acrossas the author s moral judgment than it does a realistic or redemptive ending Really, truly awful

  10. Kritika says:

    According to the description of this book, the reader is supposed to empathize with Devon and look at her story in a sympathetic light I m sorry, but that didn t happen.My major problem with this book is that Devon spent most of it in denial She can t admit to herself that she s pregnant and throws the baby into a trash can When people try to help her, she is either unresponsive or uncooperative She thinks she s better than all the others at juvie because she didn t really do anything wrong According to the description of this book, the reader is supposed to empathize with Devon and look at her story in a sympathetic light I m sorry, but that didn t happen.My major problem with this book is that Devon spent most of it in denial She can t admit to herself that she s pregnant and throws the baby into a trash can When people try to help her, she is either unresponsive or uncooperative She thinks she s better than all the others at juvie because she didn t really do anything wrong because attempted murder of her own child isn t wrong Somehow her spotless academic record and lack of previous crimes makes her better than all the other girls who come from terrible neighborhoods and dysfunctional families She never once considers that the other girls may be in the same situation as herself And finally, how can she justify her innocence if she consented to have sex with the guy She wasn t raped, so she had no excuse to throw the baby away I know that in the trial they go through the many psychological reasons for why Devon did what she did, and I would have been convinced if the previous 80% of the book hadn t been about Devon and her superiority complex Her attitude towards Dom and the others trying to help her was unreasonable and uncalled for Yes, she went through something traumatic, but doesn t she want to help herself She seemsinterested in wallowing in self pity than taking action and helping herself get out of the situation.And the end It was incredibly anti climactic view spoiler Dom whoohoo we won the trial and you ll be judged by the juvie system, but that doesn t mean you re innocent Devon Can I plead guilty I feel bad now I shouldn t have dumped the baby in the trash hide spoiler

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