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After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
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Feb 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: humor, realistic
Recommended for: fans of Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie, childhood cancer survivors, siblings of cancer survivors
Read in March, 2010

Another great story from Sonnenblick about family and hardships and how they're both intertwined and necessary. 8th grader Jeffrey is in remission from leukemia--he was 5 years old when he suffered from cancer, and was the younger brother in the earlier book Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie. He suffers "late effects" from chemotherapy, such as limping in one foot and needing extra time to take tests because he is a little slow to process sometimes. His best friend Tad is also a cancer survivor, but Tad's in a wheelchair from two brain tumors. When Jeff meets Lindsey, a cute new girl in class, they begin dating. Jeff strikes a deal with Tad: if Tad tutors him in math to help Jeff pass the statewide test to graduate eighth grade, Jeff will help train Tad in physical fitness so that Tad can fulfill his dream of walking by himself across the stage at graduation. And therein lies the story, as the two best friends struggle with their tasks, and Jeff also is dealing with the disappearance of his older brother Steven (the main character from Drums Girls). Steven has taken off for Africa and is not talking to anyone in the family! But he and Jeff have always been very close, and Jeff sorely misses having his brother to confide in and consult for advice. I fell in love with these characters and you will too; you can read it without having read Drums Girls first, but it does refer to a couple of plot points from the earlier book that might confuse a new reader.

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