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TORMENT: EXTREME PAIN OR ANGUISH OF BODY OR MINDSeventeen-year-old Adam is tormented. His parents have just been killed in a car crash in Idaho, and he has survived. In a speechless state of shock, Adam begins walking home, back to Rhode Island. But he can't think in a straight line: The past and present blend and merge in his thoughts; the future's a blank; he's lost his...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Lauren Kester
The book Aftershock wasn’t the best book I’ve read, but it kept my interest. The main character, Adam, and his parents get in a car accident. After Adam walks away from the car. Instead of walking away from the car Adam should have stayed or found some help. Throughout the rest of the book Adam can’t talk due to shock.

Adam stays with Stacey, a Wiccan girl, he meets while walking in a forest. I think he should have asked questions on how to get back home instead of trusting Stacey right away. D...more
Adam’s parents are killed in a car crash while they are all driving home to Rhode Island and Adam is stranded. Stunned by his grief over the tragedy, Adam walks away from the accident and keeps walking until he collapses in the arms of a pretty young waitress who takes him home with her. Adam can’t tell her his story – he can’t tell anyone. He literally can’t speak, and he can’t make himself write. He has to rely on body language to make himself understood. Adam bounces from place to place, stru...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Life can completely change in a moment. Seventeen-year-old Adam's life changes the moment his family's car hits a deer on a back road in Idaho. He and his bookstore-owning, pacifist parents have traveled from Rhode Island for a peace vigil, but only Adam will be heading home. His parents die instantly leaving Adam helpless on the side of the road.

In shock, Adam begins walking. His mind is spinning with past memories and present pa...more
Adam is suffering from severe shock after he and his parents are in a terrible car accident. His parents are killed, and Adam wanders from the site of the accident, his brain unable to process what has happened. Adam begins walking home, unable to think clearly or to speak. The book follows his journey, and is interspersed with anecdotes from Adam's former life as he is reminded of what happened. Through these stories, the reader becomes acquainted with Adam's parents, his aunt and cousin, and h...more
AWESOME fast and easy read. I finally found time to read Aftershock this afternoon since so many of the residents have been reading and loving it.
This would be a great book for class, there is some discussion of sex but nothing explicit and a few f bombs.
I would highly recommend it.
D Jaquez
This book is a good but sad book,if you can read those types of books this is a perfect book for you! The boy in the book is shocked that his parents are gone in a car accident, he just can't believe that they are gone. The boy is overwhelmed with where am I going to live? Am I going to stay in school? How am I going to get home? In this story it jumps back and forth between current day and flashbacks. During all the flash backs the boy is walking and thinking that he can live with his aunt Marg...more
Christine DePetrillo
What an interesting story with a poetic, thought-provoking ending.
Danny N
Aftershock by Kelly Easton takes place in places throughout the United States. The main character, Adam is from New England but was on the way back from a peace rally in Oregon when the story started. He was with his mother and father when they hit a deer. Both of his parents died in the crash, leaving him unable to speak. The rest of book was alternating from flashbacks about his life before the death of his parents and his adventures hitch hiking across America, trying to get back home.

I felt...more
Corey May
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I originally chose this book because I thought the summary sounded interesting and the book itself was a small, paperback book that I assumed I’d get through pretty quickly. The first few pages of Aftershock had me a little confused because Adam experiences flashbacks from when his parents died in a car crash, to life before the car crash, and then to various points on his journey. Although I had to really focus on what was happening, it made the story much more interesting then if the flashback...more
Benjamin D. EHS
This book in summary is about a 17 year old boy named Adam. He is on a road trip with his parents and they get into a car crash. His parents die and he is alone and sets off on a destination that leads him home. He meets new people and encounters problems every step back home. The sight of his dead parents traumatise him so bad he does not speak for the rest of this story. He becomes a bum with his only enemy; the past.

The title of the book was well chosen because it truly resembles the story it...more
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by Kelly Easton

Adam is 17 years old and he is tormented. He is the only survivor of a car crash. Adam and his parents were driving across country, returning from a peace rally, and swerved to avoid a deer. His parents are dead. Adam is in a state of shock and his mind is in a jumble. Past and present mix up in his thoughts and the future is blank. And on top of all this he has become mute, and has lost his money and his identification.

So he starts wandering. And as he wanders trying to...more
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Honestly, I bought the book because I was enticed with its cover - it seemed so mysterious and vague so I thought might like it. The story revolves around Adam who lost his parents in a tragic car accident on the way home to Rhode Island from a peace rally in Seattle. You would certainly feel Adam's sorrow as he recalls what has happened to them that resulted to his parent's death.

This book teaches some values learned from...more
This is an amazing novel by an amazing writer. In fact I haven't encountered such fantastic literature since THE GREEEEEEAAAAAAT GAtsby. Easton skillfully imitates the style of an angry failed children's book writer in this beautiful Epic. The subject matter is among the most cheerful I have encountered in quite some time and seems to hint at her anger towards the outside world. The most interesting part however is that I happen to share the protagonist's name and live in Rhode Island. Words can...more
Julie S.
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When a book is constructed around a first-person narration, the reader really needs to care about that narrator. Sadly, Easton's Adam is so distant that I never cared one way or another about him. Sure, some interesting things happen on his journey from fatal accident towards home, but none were remarkable.

Each chapter begins with an SAT-level vocabulary word and its definition, and Adam is constantly quoting high school-type literature ("Grapes of Wrath," "Crime and Punishment"), which leads me...more
Aftershock by Kelly Easton is a pretty depressing book because the protagonist lost both of his parents at the same time without any warning but in a shock. Adam portrayed his journey walking out of his parents’ death in a hard way. He became mute after the death scene, where they were in a car and crush into a deer. It is very interesting how the author put Adam’s journey into pieces of puzzles. In between a story of him in school with the bullies or with his girlfriend, he sort of randomly add...more
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Recommends it for: Anyone
I really liked it. It was a short, sweet read and entirely interesting. We, the readers, join a boy by the name of something that I have forgotten already. The point is that names don't matter--we are all made of the same stuff underneath. He hitchhikes and suffers and figures out things throughout the whole way and here's something special about this book--it does not focus in on his relationship with Myra. It focuses on himself and only his life, his experiences, his emotions.

And that's somet...more
This author takes you into the scene of a car accident. Mother, Father and son are in the car. Mother and Father are killed and son is in shock. What to do? Where to go? Adam leaves and tries to make it home. He is in shock and can't talk. He also has trouble remembering things. His memories keep jumping back and forth from the past to the present. Adam is hitchhiking and runs across some people that are nice and some that are not nice. Does Adam make it home? Does he talk again? You'll have to...more
Jul 28, 2008 Karla rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens, reluctant readers
Shelves: teens
This book begins with the untimely death of Adam's parents in a car crash on the way back to New England from a protest march in Seattle. As the name of the book implies, Adam is truly in shock, unable to utter a word after the accident. Lost without his hippy parents, and lacking the assistance of police or EMTs (the accident happened on a rural road), Adam wanders from the accident and into the lives of various people who offer him food, shelter or help. This was a fast read that made me cry a...more
I liked this story. It's short and has a male protagonist, Adam. In shock after being in a car accident in which his parents are killed, Adam, who has lost his ability to speak, must make his way home to Rhode Island.

My only complaint would be that the story is somewhat short which doesn't allow for a lot of depth in the story line.
this was so catching for me that I thought shortly after starting the book that i couldn't talk either! strange to hear myself speak. fascinating story of survival when one is down to simply existing; a whole lot of what usually seems to matter no longer does.
This book is about a boy who is on vacation when his parents swerve to miss a deer, hit a tree and are killed. He leaves the scene of the accident and wanders not knowing what to do or where to go. This is a quick read that keeps your interest.
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Too unrealistic with a teen wandering the United States after a horrible car accident in which his parents die. He just walks away from the wreck and begins to hitchhike home -- 3000 miles away, never thinking to go to police or anyone for help.
Trevon Ronspies
This was a sad book but yet it was really good. it had kept me wanting to keep reading it and see what happens. the book was about a boy who was with his parents in idaho they got into a car wreck and he had to take the journey back to road island
Beautiful book. Kind of dragged on in the middle but eventually picked itself up again. I cried at the end. (In a good way.) Probably wouldn't read it again but it is definitely a good book to get into.
Sure, it was unrealistic in many ways and things seemed to fall into place way to easily.
But I was looking for a simple fast read, and thats definitely what I got.
This book was a little different and very slow. It's about a 17-year-old boy dealing with the trauma of losing both parents in a car accident.
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