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The Everafter

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  3,929 ratings  ·  616 reviews
Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this - she is dead. And alone in a vast, dark space. The only company Maddy has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things she lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that, with these artifacts, she can reexperience - and even change - moments from her l ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Balzer + Bray (first published September 1st 2009)
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The Holy Terror
This book was sad and depressing and it makes me wonder where the author's head was at when she wrote this.

Madison Stanton is dead and in a sort of limbo where the only things there with her are all the items she lost during her life. When she comes into contact with an item it sends her back to the moment in her life when she lost it and she can then relive or watch the scene as it plays out. Madison can't remember when or how she died and she hopes that by reliving all the moments of the lost
Jan 26, 2011 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, 2011
The Everafter is one of those books that defies summarization. It’s neither boring nor particularly compelling. The writing is simple, yet the concept is complex and alluring.

Madison is neither alive nor dead. She begins consciousness lacking memories, physical form, or words and yet she “is”. Distracted by a perceived brightness, Madison happens upon random objects that she understands as past possessions that she once lost. These lost objects are scattered across “is” and are able to transport
Sep 15, 2010 Cheney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Cheney by: Krisanne Stewart
Well, I chewed this one up and spit it out! I didn't want to put the book down until it ended. This is such a different story, an interesting and fascinating view of what death could be like and dealing with change and letting go. You want Maddy to find out how she died yet you don't want to find out how she died because you're afraid that will be the end for her. READ IT! You will not be disappointed. Thanks for the great review and recommendation Mrs. Stewart!!
Julie Kagawa
Really unique book on life after death. Not going to spoil anything but what I loved about it was the ending. I was afraid the author was going to pull one of those cheesy Happily Ever After endings, which wouldn't have fit the book at ALL. But no, it was handled beautifully, it left me with a bittersweet feeling inside, and I was nodding when I closed the book, thinking "yes, that's exactly how it should be." I loved it. Highly recommended.
Okay, this book creeped me out just a little bit, more towards the middle to the end, but I was definitely creeped out. The Everafter by Amy Huntley is a supernatural, ya mystery/romance coupled with a ghost story. Sounds like quite the eclectic mix, right? Well no worries, it all blends very well together and takes you on a journey of the afterlife as Huntley perceives it.

Madison Stanton is sure about one thing, she is dead and in a place she calls "is," which is an oblivion where lost things
Well, this was an interesting take on life after death. Here, you sort of float in a space that's empty of everything except for what you lost over the course of your life, reliving your memories by interacting with those objects. Lost keys? Touch them to see where and how and why you lost them. It was this concept that got me to read this book. It was just so unusual that I had to see how it played out.

As it turned out, the concept was the best part. This is the sort of book that's really, real
The first thing I'd like to say about The Everafter is that it's unique and I loved reading it! It's different than anything I've ever read before, and I'll never forget it. Amy Huntley's creativity and originality shines in this novel.

The novel is based on a girl, Madison, and she is dead. She is dead and bored. Bored, because she is trapped in a space that she calls Is. Is is the empty space that she is in. And when Is presents her with objects she lost when she was alive, she is able to go ba
There is so much to like about this poignant little novel about life, death, loss, and love. It had hooked me from the first sentence and swept me along until I found myself at the end in one sitting. I have a passive interest in theoretical physics, and so I especially enjoyed the quantum theory that was woven into the story. Okay, so maybe most high school chemistry teachers aren't going to launch into a lecture on wave-particle duality, but I still ate it up.

This is one of the best novels I
This is a fiction book. This is a fiction book. This is a fiction book.
I was constantly having to remind myself this was just story otherwise this would have been extremely depressing.

Bear with me here... I'm not trying to get all religious on you. But, man I can't imagine thinking that all was waiting for me in the 'afterlife' was objects I had lost over here and brief moments with the scene where I had lost them.... I can't imagine an "IS" that doesn't have some sort of superior power. To be a
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"In The Everafter, Maddy relives moments from her life which broke her heart, made her laugh uncontrollably, and forced her to grow. Amy Huntley’s book will do the same for you." - Jay Asher

Me: I am really happy for you, imma let you finish, but I think no one actually cried or laughed... or has broken his/her heart... while reading this book.

Kanye West ftw :P xD

Readers who likes to read thriller, scary books or want to read one,
this book wasn't:
3)or Haunting kind of stuff
Krisanne Stewart
oh my goodness. chewed this one and spit it out. I started going to a chiropractor last Friday to try and fix some issues, and started this book while waiting. The doctor had to tell me it was time to put the book down and come on back. Today I asked if I could please read while I did my lower back stretches on the ball since I only had 40 pages left! The answer was no! I just finished it. Loved every page of it. I know I am relatively new to YA Fantasy, but I haven't seen this premise before. M ...more
Laura (All of Everything)
The Everafter is one of those books that sticks with you after you read it. You turn the last page and go 'huh, that was interesting!'.

The story is told from the point of view of Madison. Madison's dead. She doesn't know how she died, or where she is, or even who she is at first. She just is. She's not a body or a person but more like a ball of energy. As she explores the endless space-like place she's in, she encounters objects she's lost in life. When she touches one, she's sucked back to that
The story is told through the different vignettes of Madison going back to the moments when she lost a a particular item. At first it's just to experience being alive and seeing her loved ones but then she realizes she can use these moments to unravel the how ans why of her death.

The format is unusual.

It jumps back and forth from her dead self to times in her life where she can be anywhere in age from an infant to seventeen.The style was choppy and uncomfortable but I kept reading and got into t
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First, just let me say I had the hardest time finding this book in here or on Google because the ARC is called "The After", not the "Everafter", which sounds worse, I think. Anyway, this book is alright. It's actually sort of depressing -- not just because the story is about a girl who is dead and figuring her way around the after-space she's in. It sort of winds up with this point that everyone is going to die anyway, and we just live in our memories, and pretty much every m
This book was absolutely amazing. Five stars doesn't even begin to cover it. Amy Huntley more then just outdoes herself with this book. Though you know form the very beginning that that Madison Stanton is dead, you don't know how, why, or anything else about her for that matter, until she goes on a trip to find all the things she's lost over her lifespan. It shows the beauty of how important the little things can be, how important things people take for granted everyday can be, whether it's a fi ...more
Christina White
I listened to the audio version of this book. I enjoyed it while I was inching through traffic everyday getting to and from work, but I'm not sure if it would have been a book I sat down glued to. I really had a hard time finding the plot interesting. The story was about a girl named Maddie who died, found her self in this place where there are a bunch of objects she lost in life. She can return to her life by remembering how she lost the item. Reliving only the moments in life you spent looking ...more
Mikayla C

In the book, when you're in the limbo where Madison starts out, you can relive moments of your life only through lost items. Once you get to a certain point though you go to the Everafter where everyone is. Time in the Everafter doesn't work the same as it does in the real world, every single person in the world is dead and already in the Everafter. It really felt like the author was trying to say that death is the ultimate existence and it really makes me wonder if she's Buddhist. The reason al
It was hard for me to get into this book until about 30 pages from the end. It took me 3 or 4 days to read it, and every night I picked it back up I only vaguely remembered what had previously been written. I think that had a lot to do with the storyline jumping around from different time periods in Maddy's life.
The ending though, you don't see it coming until it starts being played out. Pretty unpredictable which was nice.
For such a short book, I just struggled. I think the writing was very vague and never let me really like the am/is of Maddy. Also, I wasn't a fan of the age jump/skipping around where she'd be 7 and then 17 and 15 and then the is again. It just felt distracting and I wasn't interested enough to enjoy it.
A cute story that, with flaws (for one, a lack of any major interesting plot), wraps up with a satisfying and bittersweet ending and is somewhat memorable.
Imagine This: You turn on your TV and land on the BBC channel. You're watching an episode of Doctor Who. You see all these characters you've never seen before, although you know that the show is about time travel so you're bound to get confused because not everything happens in a chronological order. But then something strange happens. After a mediocre start, but enough of a good and interesting concept to keep you interested (brace yourselves, kiddos), you actually understand what's going on i ...more
Well, this one was quite the book. I don't know how to approach it exactly because I did enjoy it, yet at the same time still had criticisms about it. I think I know what Huntley was going for and she got across her message fairly well, though it was a bit stretched out, in my opinion. The beginning read slowly and a bit more dully than the rest of the story and it took some time to get into it.

What I did enjoy was that there wasn't a big deal about teenage romance going on with this book. The
Jen Hill
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I'm not sure how I feel about this book overall, in the end I began to liked it. At first though, I really didn't like this book at all. I thought Maddy was too whinny, but I was intrigued by the essential concept of the book, so that was why I keep reading.

Plus, I just can't seem to leave a book unread. This desire to continue to read, despite the lack of interest not too, has served me well. If I had stopped reading this book when I was ready to give up on it, then I wouldn't have gotten to a
Trupti Dorge (VioletCrush)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

I finished this book some time back and I loved it, but when it came to writing a review I was stuck. I didn’t know where to begin. This is not a book where you can simply tell the plot and what worked and what didn’t. I wasn’t sure where it was going in the beginning but as it progressed I knew that The Everafter would definitely be a great read.

Let’s give it a try. As the book opens Madison is trapped in a bubble or a tiny space of nothingness. She knows she is dead. She se
Aubrie Dionne

An emotionally touching exploration of a life ended too short, but lived so very much.

Maddie is like any other 17 year old, except she's in the Everafter; she's dead. Worse yet, she doesn't remember how she dies, and this truth keeps her from going to what awaits her beyond. All she can see are lost objects from her past, and each one brings her to a different memory in her life. Only through these memories can she figure out how she died, and who's at fault.

A true mystery lies at the
Mickey Reed
May 13, 2011 Mickey Reed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA paranormal fans, YA fanasy fans
Shelves: audio, 2011
This book deserves at least 4.5 stars, but I just can't give it 5. I will tell you why: Lost objects? Hmm. And the end just seemed a little too typical. But let's not start there. Let's start at the beginning, where a girl doesn't know where she is or who she is, just that she's dead. She sees all these objects in what she calls "is" and goes after them, only to be taken back to memories of her previous life. They are all moments where she had lost something, so she goes back and learns from eac ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Nafiza rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I really, really liked this book. It took what could have been an interesting but not so original plot and made it into so much more. We are introduced to Maddy when she’s already dead. And it is through her navigation of erm…deadliness that the entire story is told.

I love it when books are told in non-linear interesting ways. When authors play with timelines, experimenting with expressions and impressions – it makes me really, very happy. Ms. Huntley’s infuses the story with (pardon the pun) wi
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
A friend from PaperBackSwap first recommended this book to me, and I purchased it when it was in the bargain section on I've had it for awhile, but I'm paring down my YA selection, so I decided to finally read it.

I was pretty excited to see that Gabrielle Zevin had an author blurb on my edition of this book because I LOVED Elsewhere and consider it one of my favorite books. It makes me laugh and cry, and I just love it.

But this review is supposed to be about The Everafter, so moving
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