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....more
Devon is a young, athletic girl with a bright future as a soccer player. The Olympics have even been linked to her name. How could a girl like this end up doing something as horrible as throwing a newborn baby in the trash along with other refuse from around the house?
While canvasing the apartment building looking for information about the abandoned baby, a police officer finds his way to Devon's door. Her mother, recently home from a night shift a...more
(The publisher asked for a review to be posted around the pub date, which is in August, which means I won't get around to it for a while. But here you have a bit of a preview!)
It's about this girl, Devon, who dumps her baby in the trash. She's fifteen. The book opens with her mom coming home from her bartending job and Devon lying in the couch almost unconscious. Her mom's kind of flaky, so she doesn't even notice how sick Devon is, just...more
I don’t know if it’s the time of year? Do I have a cold or something? It seemed like every time I’d pick this up, my eyes would start over-moisturizing and I’d be blinking in a constant, mighty effort to keep the page from swimming into an unreadable blur.
What else could it have been but a cold? I don’t cry easily. No.
And yet, there I was, at the end of chapter 4, curled up on the...more
Its about a 15 year old girl w...more
As the reader, we really see into Devon's mind and how she went through things, I felt for her because of her probl...more
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Pertama dari sinopsis kita sudah tau buku ini mengangkat persoalan kehamilan remaja di luar nikah, atau lebih tep...more
But then it didn't. And then it left me shaken and thoroughly stirred.
I started reading this book at a very random and, I confess, inopportune moment: exactly midnight. See, I couldn't sleep that night. So usually when that happens I pick out a potentially boring or bad book, read a few chapters and generally that makes me go r...more
This is another book I learned about on an NPR Weekend Edition show. Devon Davenport was a girl who was considered always to be responsible, mature, a straight A student, a gifted soccer player, and totally self reliant because her mother was immature and always looking for a man. But one morning, a neighbor finds a newborn baby wrapped in a garbage bag and put in the trash-and the baby is still...more
An excellent audiobook narrated by Rebecca Soler, who also narrated Lock Key by Sarah Dessen. Devon was an honors high school student until the morning that everything changes. The police find a newborn baby abandoned in a trash dumpster near Devon and her mother's apartment. Devon is home sick that morning. It's obvious that she's just given birth.
What Devon never expected that morning was that she would be considered an attempted mur...more
I’ll get back to the parts I enjoyed later, but first let me address the style. The first several chapters with their rapid-fire sentences felt like the incessant ta...more
This is a very controversial topic, people throwing their newborn babies in the trash. One that shouldn't be taken lightly. This book conveys that,...more
Some of the characters are unbelievable, like...more
Devon says she is feeling homesick while at school so, her mother picks her up from school. Devon eventually tricks her mother so that she can stay home by herself. Devon stays home for weeks. A few weeks later the police came by her house asking her mother...more
I believe this book by Amy Efaw called After was worth reading. Although I didn’t love the book, I just simply liked it since there were a few flaws which were poking me. I felt that there were areas which made want to shut the book and stop reading it. However, after those parts pasted by, the book started to started to grow on me again. I felt a strong connection with each character, as I could place myself in their shoes and understand why certain things occurred. I...more
Efaw assigns herself a seemingly impossible task—creating sympathy for a teen mother who tosses her newborn baby into a trash bin—yet somehow pulls it off in this successful button pusher. Devon is a sophomore soccer star charged with the unsavory crime, and the story picks up with the police doing a routine search for clues and finding Devon covered...more
By Alysia Campbell
By Amy Efaw
Amy efaw is a great writer; this is the first I have ever read of her books. Amy has written other books like “BATTLE DRESS”, “The WATER STONE”, and “how to help the one you love”. I chose to read AFTER because the description on the back and the cover seemed like it would be a good book. Being accused of something probably feels bad, and the feeling in your gut hurts you because you may be guilty. Some people are just at the wrong place at the wrong...more