Tuesday, March 16, 2010

After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

I am so blown away by this book, I don’t even know where to begin. This is the sequel to Sonneblick’s Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, which was a fabulous book in it’s own right. It picks up the story about Jeff, an eight grader, who also happens to be a cancer survivor. Though he has been a survive for more than five years, he still lives with the effects of his cancer and it’s treatment. He has a limp, he sometimes has trouble focusing and he just can’t wrap his brain around math. The story is not just about Jeff’s struggles with math and a new state mandated standardized test he must pass in order to graduate 8th grade, but it also centers around his best friend, Tad – the other half of the cancer twins. I’ll stop here with the summary so as not to give anything away.

This is another one of those books where the author’s words jump right off the page and grab the reader by the collar and pull him right into the story. You can’t read this book without becoming attached to the characters. It is truly a moving story. If you liked Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, even just a little, you must read this book.

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