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

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Even though the cancer should be far behind him, Jeffrey still worries that it will return. He’s got normal teen stuff to deal with, too — friends, parents, girls, school. Normally, he’d ask his older brother, Steven, for advice. But Steven, always the trusty, responsible one, is finally rebelling and has taken off to Africa to join a drumming circle and “find himself.” Je ...more
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Published January 20th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published February 1st 2010)
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Book Eater If you are a fan of John Green and his books, I am sure you will love this. it is one of my favorite books. It was the best!
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A wonderful after ever after bike ride with my awesome GR friend, Eilonwy for our second BR! I loved our first BR for Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, and it was great to BR the sequel together as Steve and his little bro, Jeffy won my heart. I’m probably getting too melodramatic lately as it’s the fourth book this year, which really got me crying. Damn it, how can I turn into a hardcore Godzilla again?! Jk

I expected a lot from "After Ever After", and I must admit, it didn’t disappoint. It wa
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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
WARNING: This review is a spoiler for the first book in this duology. If you want to read Girls, Drums & Dangerous Pie without knowing the ending, stop right here and now!

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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
Krista Stevens
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, boys
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
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Nancy Lyon
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sasha C
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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So this one was a fresh start from THE POV of the little brother Jeffrey. The one with the cancer!! And yes!! He has the touch of his brother's brilliant humor too. Its just wonderful how John kept the sequel separate from tge previous book. And the writing is again just brilliant. All the new characters were briliant too. :)
I think i might have found another of my favourite authors(or why else i would read TWO of his books back to back , in the midst of my finals week) . :D recommended for ev
Olivia Tiseth
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jordan Sonnenblick nails these stories with the right emotions. I didn't think it would be so heart wrenching and emotional and I cried more than I thought I even could. Jeffrey, is recovering from his awful years of leukemia with his best friend. Mr Sonnenblick added so much middle school humor it was hard to remember Jeffrey's struggles at all. He wrote the story beautifully, and he doesn't just write stories. he lives through his books and you can feel every emotion he had poured into his wor ...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
Ms. Yingling
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joyce Yattoni
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to start? I finished this on the plane home from AZ spring break 2017. I am pretty sure the lady next to me and her "middleschoolish" daughter thought I was crazy as I wiped the tears that flowed freely from my eyes as I neared the resolution of the story. I just wanted to gift this book to her and scream, you must read, get off your phone, get off Netflix and read. First just know that I was not crying because we lost Jeffrey who is the protagonist in the first book, "Drums, Girls & D ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Olivia Stark
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had read the first book in this series last year and absolutely loved it. I'm very intrigued with child cancer books and other books like that. I love reading about how these kids persevere and continually fight for their lives. Jeffery now is growing up and fully understands what he has gone through and how it is going to affect him and his future. His cancer makes everything so hard for him.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Beth Pearson
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book that I read was called “After Ever After” written by Jordan Sonnenblick. After Ever After is a sequel to the book “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie”. “Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie”, which was from the point of view of Jeffrey’s brother Steven, who was in the 8th grade when his brother Jeffrey was diagnosed with Leukemia. After Ever After has the same characters as Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, although it occurs 8 years later. After Ever After is from the point of view of 13 year old ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Graves
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-liked
Jeffrey Alper, A.K.A. the "Kid Who had Cancer", is now in his 8th grade. He faces now, teenage problems, like his brother, Steven. Jeffrey also has problems in math, but is a great writer, just like Steven, whom he admires so. Although, Jeffrey's dad and mom keep worrying about his cancer. What if he has a relapse? But when things were looking good, the Department of Education said that all graduates have to take a test in order to move on to high school, making Jeffrey freak out. But that's not ...more
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7th and up boys and girls
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
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I am the author of seven books for children and young adults, including Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. So if youʼre looking for info about some other guy named Jordan Sonnenblick, youʼve got the wrong website.
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“Some kids do drugs. Some kids light stuff on fire. Me, I eat oats.” 36 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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