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The Afterlife by Gary Soto
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Nov 05, 11

bookshelves: young-adult
Read on June 01, 2007

** spoiler alert ** IN this YA novel, Jesus "Chuy" is stabbed to death in the bathroom of a nightclub after he makes a comment about a guy's yellow shoes. This happens in the very beginning. Chuy watches the police arrive and his body being carried away. As a spirit, he visits his parents, his friends, and the girl he was in love with. Finally, he visits his killer. He meets other ghosts along the way. Crystal killed herself over a lover's triangle. He also meets Robert, a homeless man, who he had tried to rescue.

This was a quick read. Although Chuy's killer isn't brought to justice, he is tormented by Robert. I like the book, but I cannot say it was fabulous.
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