After That Morning, there?s only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer. And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible? she turns. from your favorite retailer. After by Amy Efaw . by Amy Efaw · Battle Dress. See all books by Amy Efaw . LitFlash. The eBooks you want at the lowest prices . Who could do such a thing? Certainly not someone like Devon DavenportÃ'a straight-A student-athlete with everything going for her. But in a moment of denial, .
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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade 8 Up—Through flashbacks, listeners learn that year-old Devon has been a good student and an. ronaldweinland.info: After (): Amy Efaw: Books. millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook. Read "After" by Amy Efaw available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who.
Also available as: Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for download. 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?
I was attracted to the concept of this YA novel. The author takes the idea of a baby found in a trashcan and the inevitable question, "how could someone do this? In this case, a teen girl Devon was in such denial about the fact that she'd had sex that she couldn't even allow the possibility of pregnancy to enter her mind.
When a baby suddenly Another disappointment, courtesy of NPR. When a baby suddenly popped out, she went into a complete, deranged panic, basically couldn't even acknowledge to herself that it was a baby, and desperately shoved it away from her into the trash. I like this idea overall, and think it's ripe for exploration in novel form. Unfortunately, other than the concept, the whole thing pretty much stunk. Every single character in this novel is a cliche.
The slutty, flaky mom who had Devon when she was Devon herself, smart and hardworking, who pretty much raised herself and is driven to be nothing like her mother. The heart-of-gold, tough love soccer coach. The whip-smart female attorney with a soft side.
The mean girl Devon meets in juvy shocker, she cuts herself! And on and on and on. The courtroom stuff is WAY overdone.
Too many pages are devoted to Devon's court proceedings. Every single one of those pages reads like a Law and Order script. Terrible writing.
Some sentences don't even make sense. Now, I will grant that the whole thing is written in the present-tense, which is very difficult to do.
However, as an author, you need to understand your own abilities. The handling of Devon's emotions comes off as trivial, superficial, and immature.
Nothing is very well explained. There is no real depth. The author missed a big potential opportunity in devoting more time and thought to Devon's sessions with the psychiatrist.
Her psychological state is very central to the book, so this is a big problem. Gratuitous use of gore. How many times to I need to read about blood in the underwear, milk squirting out all over the place, or "pulsating umbilical cord"s? I get that birth is a messy process and that the trauma of it severely affected Devon, but as much time and attention as is devoted to the yuck factor is completely unnecessary. Finally, the end was a joke. It was not properly built into and it did not resolve anything.
It's like the author got tired of writing, so with no forethought she suddenly launched into a swell of good and redemptive emotions, ending with the clincher, "She'd won. It didn't feel like a win at all, but surely that's the appropriate sentence for ending a story like this one.
Nov 15, Annemarie rated it liked it Shelves: Im definetly going to be judgemental on the contents of this book, like the author said at the end how she can't fathom what desperation would lead a woman to throw away her baby? Efaw failed for me to feel any sympathy towards Devon, the constant pointing out how smart she was, AP honor roll, leader of her soccer team.
Not sexually active, just a 1x thing and she was so disgusted she'd be like her mother that she denied being pregnant? What about school? She was 5'8 slim, athletic!! Come on! Sh Im definetly going to be judgemental on the contents of this book, like the author said at the end how she can't fathom what desperation would lead a woman to throw away her baby? She was however a victim of neglect but purposely excluded herself from society when she started feeling"something"..
If the authors purpose was to make me feel disgust, enraged then I guess she did her job. FYI I would not recommend this as a YA book, the birth scene is very descriptive and had me skimming: Mar 15, Sandra Alonzo rated it it was amazing. I loved the writing in this book. I was able to connect with the characters, which is something I've had difficulty doing in recent reads. Great subject matter teenage pregnancy handled in a most appropriate and empathetic manner by Amy Efaw. A few reviews I've read have had issues with AFTER's ending, and without creating a spoiler, let me say that I did not find it to be weird or out of line at all.
Devon, the m. I highly recommend this book to YA fans, teachers, teens, and librarians. A depressing subject matter is made poignant and engaging in this book. A definite thumbs up read!!
View all 4 comments. Sep 01, Hannah rated it it was ok. Stopped about fifty pages from the end when I just got too bored.
Little, if any, character development, irritating pacing, and extremely repetitive storytelling. Two stars because I see the effort the author made, I just think she may need a lesson in subtlety.
Devon is a soccer player, we know, and we don't need two soccer metaphors a page to remind us it's important to her. Her issues with her mother would have been much more poignant if they weren't so heavy-handed. This premise made it vita Stopped about fifty pages from the end when I just got too bored.
This premise made it vital for the reader to sympathize with Devon, and I didn't find her to be a sympathetic character, just a whiny one. This was an extremely hard book to listen to. It had nothing to do with the author's writing or the narrator.
Both are wonderful, but the actual story itself is one of those stories that makes you squirm a little and question everything. There were often times that I just needed to turn it off and listen to some bubble gum pop just to wipe my mind of this story. The whole time I listened to this book my head raged with different opinions. They changed so often during the story that I'm still not This was an extremely hard book to listen to.
They changed so often during the story that I'm still not sure what I think about the situation. Amy Efaw has a way of turning your previous thoughts and reactions to a situation completely upside down. My first thought about this book was that this young girl must have been so ridiculously terrified and my second thought is how could she?
There were parts where I despised Devon and other parts that I felt sorry for her. I'm not sure if I'm exactly comfortable with the fact that Amy Efaw manipulated my emotions like Play-Doh, but I guess that is testament to her skill as a writer.
Throughout the novel you discover more about Devon's journey and her complete and utter denial of her pregnancy. I'm am no psychologist, so I don't really understand the whole denial to the point of not realize you were pregnant until giving birth.
I'm sure this happens, but for me it is not something I can truly grasp. There were also times that Devon seemed so naive that it just baffled me. I found myself feeling very protective of her one minute and horrified by her the next. After is the type of novel that will stick with me for a long time. I'm not really sure what I think about the situation and I'm hopeful that I never have to serve on a jury dealing with this issue.
Part of me wishes I was ignorant about situations like these so I don't have to deal with the emotions and trying to figure out my thoughts. All I know is I'm glad I read this novel, but I definitely need a light and fluffy book in my future. Oct 01, Karen rated it liked it.
After tells the tale of a teenage girl jailed after dumping her baby in a trash can. Deep in denial, soccer star, Devon, can barely even admit that she was pregnant at all. She refers to the baby as IT a tactic that grows a little old throughout the course of the novel and wants to know when she can go home. Charged with attempted murder, Devon enters the juvenile court system while her attorney fights to keep her client from being prosecuted as an adult.
An interesting topic, ripped from the After tells the tale of a teenage girl jailed after dumping her baby in a trash can. An interesting topic, ripped from the headlines. How does this kind of situation happen? The author spends a great deal of time establishing Devon's denial.
Too much for my taste, in fact. I think the book could have benefitted from some serious editing in the first half. I grew very impatient with Devon who I couldn't help but think was awfully dumb for a supposedly smart girl. I understood she was in denial, but I wanted the pace to pick up a bit.
Devon's slowness to answer even the most rudimentary question,instead delving into flashbacks or ruminations on minutiae wore on me fairly quickly. Right about the point I reached maxmimum frustration, more interesting characters saved the day the defense attorney for one; Karma, a fellow juvenile offender with an eye-rollingly bad name, for another and suddenly Devon got it together or more together than she'd had it and the story grew more compelling by leaps and bounds.
One final note. Nothing, nothing can excuse this line: Nonetheless, this author has promise. Jan 20, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: At 15, Devon Sky Davenport was a high school soccer star, she volunteered with youth soccer and held one-on-one training sessions with young players, she worked as a babysitter, and she maintained top grades and took honors classes.
She also hid an unwanted pregnancy, gave birth in her bathroom, and threw the baby away in a garbage bag that she put in the trash can behind her apartment. The baby was found alive and Devon was found, barely conscious, bleeding on her living room couch by the polic At 15, Devon Sky Davenport was a high school soccer star, she volunteered with youth soccer and held one-on-one training sessions with young players, she worked as a babysitter, and she maintained top grades and took honors classes.
The baby was found alive and Devon was found, barely conscious, bleeding on her living room couch by the police investigating the crime. She was taken to the hospital, then a juvenile detention center to await a hearing to determine if she should be tried as an adult for multiple charges, including attempted murder.
Everyone has heard stories of young mothers, unable to cope with motherhood, who give birth and leave their newborn babies in dumpsters, etc. This book offers a realistic and graphic story that offers insight into just how someone might be driven to these actions.
Devon at first represses everything that happened then slowly begins to deal with the choices she made and the consequences of her actions as she meets with her lawyer and adjusts to life in the juvenile detention center.
Her development throughout is powerful and believable. It is a tough read, but one that will resonate. Oct 20, Angie rated it really liked it. Social media has given people the ability to share their opinions about news stories. Whenever I read the comments under the stories, I find without fail harsh ethical judgments by other people.
No one ever tries to get into the mind of a person who would do something like this. But people like me, people who have lived lives unbearably full of silent suffering, look around the world almost dissociated, apart from it, amazed that no one around us notices the struggle inside. You tell yourself wha Social media has given people the ability to share their opinions about news stories. You tell yourself what you have to to get through it.
The psyche is the most fragile bone in your body and your mind can do remarkable things to keep that bone from breaking. Devon's reaction to her first institution is spot on, disturbingly real. All of these people around her are going through their regular days, expecting her to comply and she is still struggling to put herself together emotionally.
Fifteen is so young, so very very young, and your heart breaks for Devon. This was a fantastic book. Like Monster, it gives you a punch in the gut look into the mind of someone so many people would judge before walking a single step in his or her shoes Apr 24, Devon rated it it was ok.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I rated it a little higher because I was in between like and really like so I gave it the benefit because I did get into it. I don't consider this a "omg I can't put down" book but I was intrigued by it and wanted to see what would happen.
The writing style is enjoyable, I loved the flashbacks that were involved that's what kept me entertained. Anyways, I would suggest this book for nice relaxful days or an airplane trip or whatever. Its about a 15 year old girl w I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Its about a 15 year old girl who is in denial of her pregnancy and acts upon panic and throws her newborn child in the garbage. This book is about her ,the character's, journey and trail of the court room facing the truth about what has happened Jul 05, Lake rated it did not like it.
What was this even? I waited the entire book for something of substance to happened and then it fizzed at the end. It felt like the author hadn't known whether or not she would finish this story and then decided after meandering that she would end it abruptly, without warning. There was no connection or lazy connection that would justify the main character's decision. Too much time was spent in Devon's head, getting her to remember and not enough time establishing her as a person who would do w What was this even?
Too much time was spent in Devon's head, getting her to remember and not enough time establishing her as a person who would do what she did at the close. Devon Sky Davenport, 15 tahun adalah siswi teladan dan bintang sepak bola berbakat.
Dia dikenal sebagai pribadi yang baik, tenang, dan dewasa. Namun suatu pagi, semuanya berubah. Di sebuah tong sampah dekat apartemen Devon, ditemukan seorang bayi baru lahir yang diikat dalam kantong plastik hitam. Bayi itu masih berlumuran darah dan masih hidup. Polisi yang menyelidiki kasus tersebut mendapati Devon membolos sekolah dan demam.
Dan segera setelah melihat keadaan Devon yang juga berlumuran darah, Devon Sky Davenport, 15 tahun adalah siswi teladan dan bintang sepak bola berbakat. Dan segera setelah melihat keadaan Devon yang juga berlumuran darah, kasus bayi tersebut langsung dikaitkan dengan Devon. Setelah hari itu dan setelah mendapat pengobatan, Devon dimasukkan ke penjara.
Menunggu persidangan yang akan menentukan dirinya bersalah atau tidak. Selama proses itu, Devon bertanya-tanya apa sebenarnya yang sudah dia lakukan.
Ditambah dengan berbagai pertanyaan yang dilayangkan padanya oleh pengacaranya. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang Devon tidak tahu jawabannya. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang sepertinya jawabannya ada di dalam kepala tapi entah bagaimana tidak mau keluar sama sekali. Pertama kali aku tertarik dengan buku ini adalah karena cover versi aslinya. Sosok gadis remaja yang sedang bersandar di cermin dan dalam pantulannya dia berperut buncit. Membaca judulnya After dan sinopsisnya, kupikir cerita ini berkisar pada gadis remaja dan permasalahan kehamilannya di luar nikah.
Ternyata lebih berat dari itu Jujur pertama baca aku merasa kesal dengan sikap Devon yang terkesan "sengaja" melupakan bahwa dia sudah melakukan kejahatan. Tapi selama aku membaca ceritanya, aku semakin mengerti dan malah bertanya-tanya Apakah benar yang dilakukannya itu adalah suatu tindakan kejahatan? Devon mungkin terkesan bahwa dia sengaja. Devon mungkin terkesan sengaja bereaksi berlebihan setelah dia melahirkan dan membuang bayinya. Bahkan ketika sudah dipenjara, dia terkesan menutup-nutupi kebenaran sehingga membuat pengacaranya--begitu pula dengan aku--geram dan ingin sekali marah-marah Belum lagi alurnya yang serasa agak lambat, karena halaman demi halaman lompat-lompat dari kehidupan Devon di dalam penjara dan kehidupan Devon sebelum masuk penjara, lebih tepatnya sebelum penelantaran terjadi Di depan cover versi Gramedia Pustaka Utama tertulis Kisah emosional tentang penyangkalan dan memaafkan diri sendiri.
Buku ini adalah mengenai penyangkalan. Buku ini mengenai memaafkan diri sendiri.
Penyangkalan, seperti yang disebutkan salah satu tokoh di sini: Bacon adalah mekanisme pertahanan diri. Dalam bahasa sederhana, merupakan kemampuan benak manusia untuk tidak mengakui sesuatu yang sebenarnya sungguh-sungguh terjadi. Itu cara pikiran kita mengontrol hal-hal tidak menyenangkan sehingga kita stres sepanjang waktu. Coba kita lihat pada kehidupan Devon. Devon adalah anak tunggal yang dibesarkan oleh orangtua tunggal.
Ibunya, Jennifer Davenport, melahirkan dia ketika masih remaja. Sendirian, putus asa, dan nekat. Devon menyadari kesusahan yang dialami dirinya dan ibunya didasarkan pada kecerobohan ibunya di masa remaja. Oleh karena itu Devon membangun suatu tembok di dalam diri yang berisi ketetapan hati bahwa dia tidak akan menjadi seperti ibunya.
Ketetapan hati itulah yang memicu penyangkalan Devon ketika dia melakukan hubungan seks. Dia merasa jengah. Dia merasa bahwa itu bukan dirinya.
Dia merasa apa yang sudah dilakukannya itu amatlah salah Rasa bersalah terhadap diri sendiri pun terbentuk, dia berusaha melupakan bahwa kejadian itu pernah terjadi. Dia menyangkal terhadap diri sendiri bahwa dia pernah melakukan seks. Hingga ketika dia hamil, penyangkalan-penyangkalan itu terus berlanjut, Devon memblokir pikirannya mengenai kehamilan.
Meyakinkan diri sendiri terus-menerus bahwa dia tidaklah hamil. After yang diberi judul Setelah Malam Itu oleh Gramedia, adalah satu dari sekian banyak buku yang mencerminkan kasus yang dialami oleh sebagian besar remaja di dunia. I thought well this should be interesting. Then I read the synopsis and I was really interested. A book about a girl who hid her pregnancy and than threw out her baby?
That is unlike anything I have ever read. I understood being afraid to admit to be pregnant. I was 19 when I became pregnant with my son and I hid me pregnancy for about three and half months until I could finally face the fact that I was indeed pregnant. The paintbrush is a razor and the canvas is her wrist 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.