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After Ever After (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie #2)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  6,367 ratings  ·  927 reviews
An amazing sequel to the groundbreaking debut, DRUMS, GIRLS & DANGEROUS PIE.

Jeffrey isn't a little boy with cancer anymore. He's a teen who's in remission, but life still feels fragile. The aftereffects of treatment have left Jeffrey with an inability to be a great student or to walk without limping. His parents still worry about him. His older brother, Steven, lost it...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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In Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, Jeffrey Alper was a child recovering from cancer. Now he is in eighth grade and while the cancer is now behind him, the chemotherapy treatments left him with a limp and caused some problems with thinking and memory, making it difficult to keep up with his classmates.

Jeffrey’s older brother, Steven, who was a major source of support for Jeffrey needs to “find himself” and is off banging drums in Africa. While Jeffrey’s parents contin...more
Awww. I was laughing through my tears. Or crying through my guffaws. It went both ways. This book is so good.
..........November 26th, 2011...........
wow. I love this author. Here this kid is, dealing with every kind of issue, and I am laughing my head off. Seriously, Hilarious. And great messages, too. I didn't know cancer had those kinds of after-effects from the treatment. And Tad was so sarcastic it was amazing. Plus, I am a sucker for a well-rounded, healthy relationship that started out as...more
Krista Stevens
SPOILER ALERT = Don't read any further if you don't want to know what happened.

Great middle school book about two kids who had cancer when they were in elementary school and what it's like to fit that label in Grade 8 as they struggle with hormones, dating, and the ever looming spectre of "what if it returns". I love the kids' voices, but every now and then I can hear the author through Tad's voice especially. No kid is going to wise-ass comment to his friend "thats' a tortured metaphor"... it o...more
Jan 31, 2014 Cheney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Cheney by: Emily Russell
This was a heartwrenching story about two middle schoolers who have and are facing the evil disease called Cancer. I read this book to my 7th grade classes, three times. They all seemed to really enjoy the story and empathized with the characters.
Mr. Z
“But most of my earliest memories are of spinal taps, throwing up for two hours straight on my birthday, watching my own hair fall out while my friends were worried about learning how to write their names in crayon. And I guess Steven has lot of those shocks, too, through being my brother. But that’s still not the same as being me.”

Calling all teachers, parents and educators: Jordan Sonnenblick might just be the most important young adult author on the market! This man has found a niche that mi...more
Sasha C
I am currently reading the book After Ever After, the sequel to Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie.

This book sequel is from Jeffrey, the cancer survivor’s, point of view. Jeffrey meets a friend in his 8th grade class named Tad who also had cancer. My favorite part of the book so far is when Tad and Jeffrey make a deal. The deal is that Tad will tutor Jeffrey in math, and Jeffrey will teach Tad how to walk. Of coarse Jeffrey had a limp, but Tad has a wheel chair. He plans to walk across the stage at 8...more
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...more
After Ever After is a masterpiece! A must read!!! (After you read Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie AND Notes From the Midnight Driver, that is). It invoked (I think that's the right word) so many emotions, but mostly you just fall in love with Jeffrey, the main character, and his best friend, Tad (short for Thaddeus). I don't want to give anything away, trust me, you wouldn't want me to. It's one of those types of books that becomes so undescribable, because the feelings it gives you are so stron...more
Magnificent. Heartbreaking. Hopeful. I didn't think I could possibly like Jordan Sonnenblick as an author more than I already did, but I do. After Ever After is a worthy follow-up to Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie. Jeff is the main character in AEA--he was the kid-brother with cancer in Drums. Jeff is now a cancer survivor--5 years in remission--and in 8th grade. He and his best friend Tad bonded in 4th grade because they were both "cancer kids." In middle school they are both trying to be no...more
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Jordan's most recent book is a sequel to his debut novel Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. After Ever After takes place nine years after Drum, when Jeffrey (Steven's younger brother with cancer) has survived cancer and is now onto his next challenge: Middle School. Here Jeffrey is learning the hard way that he can never walk away from his cancer survivor status, mainly due to the after effects of some of his chemo drugs that cause him to limp and struggle in math. When the school announces that s...more
Jeffry (no doubt introduced in Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie) is a 13 year old cancer survivor- cancer took its toll, Jeffrey cannot remember a lot of things, has lost the math part of his brain to the drug that also killed the cancer. He cannot run and has a bit of a limp. He has depended on his (really great) older brother for advice in navigating his way through life. Now, suddenly- Steven has dropped out of his accountant track (safe, safe, safe) in college, made a break with the love of hi...more
Ms. Yingling
First, the things that the students will love. Jeffrey, a cancer survivor, is heading into the 8th grade with flawed self-esteem, troubles processing math and walking because of the cancer treatments, a growing interest in a hot, new girl from California, and a best friend, Tad, who gives him endless grief. This hits so many of the issues that students find intriguing. Jeffrey ends up struggling with state tests, which kids today know far too much about, lies to his parents, and has difficulties...more
Jordan Sonnenblick tackles tough issues with grace and humor. In After Ever After, readers pick up on Jeffrey's story as he is now in 8th grade. While Jeffrey is now in remission, he must deal with the aftermath of years of chemotherapy and surgeries. He struggles with physical and mental disabilities as a result of his cancer. Yet, he is like every other 8th grade boy who struggles with his family issues, bad math grades (and a standardized test he has to pass), and a crush on a hot girl. While...more
Though this is a more of a middle school read because of the age and innocence of the characters, and I am an adult who works with high school students, I thought this was a stellar book! "After Ever After" moved me to laugh out loud, to weep silently, and to think deeply. I highly recommend this book to all readers.

Jeffrey Alper is a cancer survivor. His best friend, Tad Ibsen, is also a cancer survivor. Together they show us the after effects of having survived cancer, chemotherapy, and years...more
Beth Pearson
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Jun 01, 2010 khcpl teen scene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: realistic fiction fans
Jeffrey Alper has learned to live with cancer. He has passed the 5 year critical mark and now must face the challenges of being a normal 8th grader. Whatever that means? Jeffrey, Lindsey, the new girl in class from California, and Tad, also a cancer survivor, are friends that learn to work together for a common goal. Through their adventures, they learn to stand up for themselves as well as the ones they love. Together they learn to survive and start living again.

After Ever After by Jordan Son...more
Sonnenblick brings readers back to the familiar community in which most of his books are set. This time he has chosen Jeffrey Alper, the younger brother of the star of Drams, Girls & Dangerous Pie to be the narrator. Jeff is in the 8th grade, and ready to take on all the usual challenges of those his age.

Jeffrey is not the typical 8th grader, though. He is a cancer survivor, having taken on leukemia when he was younger. He has been in remission for a few years, but the treatment left him wit...more
This is the sequel to Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. Which I never actually got around to reading. Oops. This sequel also features a POV shift. The first book was from the perspective of Steven, who watched his little brother struggle with cancer. This book is from the perspective of Jeffrey, that same little brother, now cancer-free and the same age Steven was when he was first diagnosed. Steven has run off to Africa to "find himself" and so doesn't play a real part in this book.

The main plot...more
Julie Graves
Jeffrey and his friend Tad are cancer survivors. They are starting their 8th grade year. Jeffrey’s cancer treatment has left him struggling with certain subjects in school. Mainly Math. He is thrown for a loop when it is announced that in order to pass onto high school they must pass state mandated tests. Jeffrey knows there is no possible way for him to pass Math. Tad takes on the job as tutorer. Tad has been in a wheelchair for several years because of the cruel remarks of a girl. Jeffrey chal...more
Jun 06, 2010 bjneary rated it 5 of 5 stars
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What a wonderful follow up to Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie!!! Jeffrey and Tad's friendship, their survival of cancer when they were much younger, and their ongoing pledge to each other to help Jeff in Math and Tad walk across the 8th grade graduation stage are the signs of true friendship. Lindsey is wonderful as the new girl who likes Jeffrey despite his limp from chemo. Steven, Jeff's older brother has taken a year off from school, from life and to Jeffrey, it seems like he has been abandoned...more
I want to write an insanely long, glowing review of this, but even then, I couldn't do this book justice. In fact, I loved this story so much that I am going to have to give my 'top 10' bookshelf some serious reconsideration so that this title can be included there. Yes, it's that good.

I laughed out loud half a dozen times...and that was before page 30.

The characters made me fall in love with them from the start. To be fair, I did remember some of them from Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, whi...more
Amanda Adams
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The Loft

Name: Jeffrey Alper
Age: 13
Grade (if applicable): 8th

Physical Condition: I was diagnosed with leukemia at age 5 (for more details, read Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick, but that book is mostly about my brother Stephen and how hard it was for him when he was in eighth grade for me to have cancer, FYI). My cancer is in remission, but, like I say in this new book that’s out about my eighth grade year, After Ever After by Jorda...more
-I decided to read this book because a girl in my class recommended it, she said that it was really good.
-The category on the bingo board that this book completes is a book written in 2010 or 2011.
-What I liked about this book was the way that is was really touching, I cried three times during this book and I laughed in some parts. I loved the way that it was written from a first person perspective.
I really liked the way that the author created characters with interesting personalities. I also l...more
I admired Jordan Sonnenblick before I even knew his books. Like me, he put in a number of years teaching in the public schools of Houston through Teach For America. Plus he's a funny, unassuming guy who is unstinting when it comes to sharing his experiences. Among other things, he gave me heaps of advice about managing publicity and pulling off high-quality author visits.

Maybe all this awesomeness contributed to the moment of fear that struck my first-time-author heart: what if I don't like the...more
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Things I Liked:
This book was awesome! I laughed. I cried. I laughed while I was crying. Sonnenblick has a real talent for taking things that can make you miserable and unhappy and just plain depressed and putting spin on them. There was real humor and perspective in the book. The characters feel just like eighth grade boys who deal with some serious problems. Yes, the cancer's gone, but it still makes itself felt in every day. It is a fabulous combination of the usual and the unusual in a teen b...more
Eva Leger
I ended up enjoying this more than Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie which I wasn't expecting. I actually happened to see DG&P at my local library and remembering that it was on my to-read list - but not that it was part of a series - I took it home.
It's a very fast one. I think altogether I read it in one day, maybe a little over a day. I wasn't sure how I'd take to this because in the first I got used to Jeffrey being a secondary character. I wasn't sure how I'd like him as the main. But So...more
A window into the world of two eighth-grade cancer survivors who are best friends. One, Jeff, the narrator, is pretty upbeat as he deals with a first girlfriend and a chemo-induced math disability. which is looming larger than ever: he'll have to pass a state-wide test to be able to go to high school. Jeff is also dealing with the fact that his older brother Steven, on whom he has always relied for support, has suddenly gone to Africa to study drumming, leaving his long-time girlfriend behind. H...more
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“Some kids do drugs. Some kids light stuff on fire. Me, I eat oats.” 28 likes
“Oh, good lord, Jeff. Don't go getting all emotional on me. I've been getting it from my mom, my dad, my sister, the freaking MAILMAN--I don't need it from you, too. All I ask is that you promise me one thing.'
'Just water the plants while I'm gone, all right?'
'You don't have plants, Tad.'
'I know. I just always wanted to say that.”
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