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Who could do such a thing? Certainly not someone like Devon DavenportÑa straight-A student-athlete with everything going for her. But in a moment. During Devon’s declination hearing, Jenifer starts to question how she raised Devon. She is convinced that it is her fault that Devon abandoned. AFTER. by Amy Efaw. Age Range: 12 & up. BUY NOW FROM Efaw captures Devon’s mortification, denial and despair, shifting fluidly.

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After by Amy Efaw Goodreads Author. An infant left in the trash eraw 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: 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 efaaw is hers. After That Morning, there’s only one way to define Devon: And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible. She turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who aftfr in such deep denial that she refused to believe she afer 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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To ask other readers questions about Afterplease sign up. Any chance making a second book?? Cassandra there’s another book by her, but not the series. Amanda Rivera Im pretty sure there is about pages, its been a few weeks since I’ve personally read the book.

The chapters are pretty small Estimated about …more Im pretty sure there is about pages, its been a few weeks since I’ve personally read the book.

The chapters are pretty small Afher about There might be a little over 30 chapters. I breezed through the book in like three days easy. Personally If you’re using this book for a review in class I suggest it eafw Its pretty easy to read. Also when you hit the middle things go pretty slow. It’s really a decent book! See 2 questions about After…. Lists with This Book. Mar 27, laaaaames rated it did not like it. I have so many problems with this book.

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. Special Victims Unit which at efsw has theatre actors in guest-starring roles and bizarro plotlines that mak I have so many problems with this book.


Special Victims Unit which at least has theatre actors in guest-starring roles and bizarro plotlines that make me laugh. The mom is so ridiculous. Actually I would not. 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 efw and stuff.

It reads like anti-choice rhetoric to me. Aamy 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. Devon’s turnaround at the end. Efaw, I am horrified at this lesson. I am so angry that a girl who’s gone efas so much pain, physically afterr emotionally, who is obviously in need of psychiatric counseling and perhaps a foster family who will be efas 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.

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View all 9 comments. But here you have a bit of a preview! It’s about this girl, Devon, who dumps her baby in the trash. 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 smy 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 aftrr that she won’t get up and begins tugging on her afterr do so. Then she yanks the big, bulky blanket Devon was under, and they egaw see all this blood around her legs and lower stomach. The officers arrest her, her mom goes crazy, and she loses consciousness. 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 – aky 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?


View all 8 comments. Feb 03, Hope rated it it was amazing Shelves: Do I have a cold or something? What else could it have been but a cold? And yet, there I was, egaw 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. And this story broke my heart–broke it right in two–and I cried, I cried, I cried. This is not a reading experience for the faint of heart. 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.

This is painfully real. View all 7 comments. May 29, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Zfter 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 atter 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 problems more complicated than she has ever experienced. A world in a juvenile detention facility under observation 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.

Avter readers will find most amazing about the entire story is the level of denial Devon immerses herself in so as to function every day. Afteer 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 afteg, which means people don’t know who she really is – including the reader.