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After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
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Apr 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: coping-with-loss, disabilities-and-illness, middle-school-boys, grades-6-8, humor
Read in April, 2011

This book provides plenty of funny moments within a very serious theme. It’s a companion to Sonnenblick’s first novel – Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie.

Jeffrey and Tad are 8th grade best friends, in cancer remission. They’re both disabled – Tad’s in a wheelchair, and Jeffrey finds it hard to walk. He also finds it hard to focus, or think logically. This sets him up well as a typically goofy middle schooler. Tad, true to “tween problem novel” form, has a sarcastic “I dare you to pity me” bite. Then there’s Lindsay, the All-Amerigirl who claims Jeffrey’s heart. There’s even a girl for Tad, if the two of them could ever desnarkify enough to admit they might like each other.

Then again, this is still a book about cancer. These teens have messages to deliver, and battles to fight in the name of courage and self-respect. Some of the actions are inspiring, some are predictable, some are unbelievably over-the-top, and some are all-of-the-above.
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