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Life After Theft

(Life After Theft #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  3,049 ratings  ·  558 reviews
Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by HarperTeen (first published April 1st 2013)
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Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

DNF

This is the second time that I've read this book. I've realized that my problem with this book is the writing style. Something about it read ridiculous and very dumb. I think this would've made a better movie than a book. Maybe it's better as an audio book. But I can't deal with audio books because I loose focus and feel like sleeping.

I definitely recommend this! The friendship that forms between Kimberlee and Jeff is sweet. And maybe you'll like the writing style better than I
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Claude's Bookzone
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Well this is the most misleading cover I have ever seen!

This book is a reimagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel. It is told from the point of view of Jeff, who steps in to help a ghost with her unfinished business. It was actually a surprisingly fun book where stealth and deception are needed to complete the monumental task of helping to make things right. Yes, the ghost is quite an annoying diva, and it oozed h
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What's with all the hate for Aprilynne Pike? I got this book from a little free library because I liked the cover and the title made me laugh and then I got a nasty shock when I looked at the reviews and saw that practically alllll my friends hated it. I was worried but not that worried because everyone on my flist felt the same way about her other book, GLITTER, which actually ended up being a really fun and frothy escapist read for me,
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♥Rachel♥
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5-4 Stars.

What would you do if a ghost asked you for help to move on? I know what I would do (run and scream!) but this isn’t about me.

Jeff has moved from Phoenix to Los Angeles and is starting school at Whitestone, a private and exclusive school in Santa Monica. He quickly runs into Kimberlee, a girl no one else can see. Kimberlee is ecstatic that someone can finally see her after a year of wondering the school hallways. You see, Kimberlee died a year ago and can’t move on. She thinks she k
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Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars

First of all let me get this out of the way. This is an example of a book where, in my opinion, the cover alienates an entire group of potential readers. This book SCREAMS female contemporary to me. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the book is told from a male point of view.

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No teen boy will ever be caught dead carrying this book around with a cover like that, yet, I think that this is a story that would appeal to many boys!

phew... okay that's out of the way...

In Life After
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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Life After Theft really surprised me. What I had originally expected to be an at least semi-fun read with little to no depth whatsoever soon turned out to be an entirely fun read with an appropriate undertone of depth, right up until the final chapter, which still makes me sad just thinking about it. Adding to what expectations I had in store for me prior to reading Life After Theft, I had anticipated a typical high school drama, poor writing, and poor character developme
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Melanie
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3.5 star

This copy was given to me for review purposes, no compensation was given to alter this review.

Aprilynne Pike strikes again, with a light fun ghost story that caught me from the second I began to read. I've read her 'Wings' series, and wasn't a big fan. However, Ms. Pike really outdid herself with this baby. Magnificent piece of work!

I think I have already stated this but I like to avoid creepy ghost stories, they scare the hell outta me and I get s
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Katy
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - I liked this book, but I'm a bit disappointed after reading Pike's Wings series. I wasn't expecting more than a cute, fun read, but Life After Theft just felt really ordinary. Maybe it was Sera. Or maybe it was because there were a few things that made me stop and think, "What?"

First of all, it took me a few paragraphs to realize this book was written in a boy's point of view. Actually, it was when it said, "Hi, my name is Jeff." I think it was the cover that threw me off, and after
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Colleen Fauchelle
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Jeff first day at a new school. His life is about to get crazy when he meets kimberlee who has been dead a year and since Jeff can see her and no one else can she gets him to help her give all the stuff she has stolen from classmates, teachers and shops so she can move on. So poor Jeff not only has get use to a new private school but he also has to help a ghost and he is going to need help because she stole a cave full of stuff.
This has it all, drama, first sexual experience, a ride in a cop ca
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Mizuki
Today I saw this book in the library.

I picked it up and read the blurb, I thought: "Okay, the story sounds *almost* interesting. Although it also reeks of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver."

And then I looked at the cover again, and was reminded who the author of this book is:

Aprilynne Pike.

Aprilynne Pike, who wrote the god-awful Wings series.

Aprilynne Pike, who supplied us with Mary Sues, silly love triangles, anti-feminism, unrealistic love interests, cardboardcut villains, nonexistent plots and m
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Anastasia
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This is my second book by Aprilynne Pike, after reading her book EarthBound, I knew I had to read her other books! I was so happy I did! It definitely did not disappoint me, but it did surprise me. After reading summary of the book, I thought it will be some funny, light read, but it wasn't all that funny or exactly light. Jeff is the narrator of the story, and I love that the story was told from male perspective! Jeff comes to a new r
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Muse-ic ♬
3.75
I enjoyed this book. With the constant promise of imminent capture, I was always on the edge of my seat!

Kimberlee is a kleptomaniac asshole who died. Now her ghost is stuck and can't move on. She decides that the new kid, Jeff, has to help her move on because he is the only person who can see her. She figures her ghostly unfinished business is to return that shitload of things she stole.



I liked the whole "Kimberlee learning to accept and regret what a shitty person she was when she was alive
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Booknut
Well. That did not end as expected!

I felt a little let down. I mean, it's probably a massive cliche, but I wanted to grab Jeff and Kim and just go:



That didn't happen...unfortunately! But great book - very reminiscent of The Ghost and the Goth with a little kleptomania thrown in :)
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Ceilidh
Did not finish.

I almost never DNF. This book beat me. It was just awful in every way. Juvenile prose, irritating characters, banal plot, nothing worked at all.
Jessica
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I liked it a lot. It had a very unique story and was well written. It's a quick and fun read. ...more
Lili
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2012
4.5 stars

I'm struggling to properly describe this book. Think...John Tucker Must Die. And please, nobody act like you don't know what movie that is because everyone secretly knows what movie that is. You know how it's based off of a totally ludicrous plot-line that cannot be further from reality, but it's executed in such a spectacularly entertaining manner that you love the movie, the cast, and everything about it? Yeah, this is just like that. The plot is nuts, the characters are nuts, everyth
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Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A fun, witty YA contemporary read with a paranormal twist and a good message.

Opening Sentence: I HATE THIS SCHOOL.

The Review:

Jeff has just recently moved to Santa Monica and has to start a new school. His family moved to Hollywood so his mom could pursue her dreams of being an actress. He is going to a private school full of rich kids, and horrible uniforms. On his first day things start to look up when he sees a very hot girl laying on the fl
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Darla
May 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
(Genre:Teen Fiction) Okay, I really didn't read this book, but I did start it. I was not a huge fan of Aprilynne Pike's first book/series "Wings" (it was okay, but not terribly compelling and I got tired) but when I heard about this book, I was intrigued. Here is the premise: Teenage boy (Jeff) moves to new school and finds that he is the only person that can see Kimberlee, a former student at the school. Kimberlee died a year ago but is unable for some reason to move on. She decides that she ne ...more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Sounds awesome. Reminds me of Stacey Kade's Ghost and the Goth series (which I love) so I'm eager to see what Pike does with this! ...more
Kris-10
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-pov, books-i-own
More of my reviews at The Cozy Reading Corner

Wow! Life After Theft was really amazing in a totally unexpected way. After seeing the cover and reading the synopsis, I was expecting a light-hearted, slightly funny read about a klepto ghost. And I while I still got a slightly funny read about a klepto ghost, it was in no way light-hearted..... and I loved it! The story is told from Jeff's point of view- he's the new kid who just moved to Santa Monica from Phoenix. I absolutely loved Jeff! He was on
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Yodamom
It all started with a ghost, a nerd and a cheerleader.
This was an audiobook I picked up from the library, just exploring the shelves. I had no expectations, I'd never heard of it but I have read this author and enjoyed her work.
So we begin with a geek, Jeff, who moved from the out lands known as Arizona to Los Angeles, California. He comes from humble poor-ish roots but now after his father made a deal is on of the rich with a shinny new car. His transition is not so great, the kids at his new
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Emily Donnellan
When I started Life After Theft I thought it was going to be a light beachy sort of read. It was not what I expected and upon finishing something felt off to me. I later found out Life After Theft was meant to be a modern retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel, a story I’ve never read, and that may be one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy this more.

Jeff moves from Phoenix to a new school in California, on his first day he sees the ghost of Kimberlee, the girl who used to rule the school and was universa
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Megan
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read anything by Aprilynne Pike so when I saw Life After Theft at the library and read the blurb I thought I would give it ago and I really enjoyed it. However I must say I really don't like this cover! :(

On to the review, I thought Life After Theft was a fun, funny, quirky read with a serious side thrown in to make for an good read.

Life After Theft's protagonist is a male called Jeff and I usually struggle with male voices leading the story but in Aprilynne Pike's Life After Theft I
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Once again I am finding myself loving the male point of view. I say this every time I find a good YA book with a male voice and I will probably continue to say it but, there just aren't enough out there right now so when I come across one (especially one I really enjoyed) I have to give it praise and mention it.

I read a lot of books each year so when I find one that is different from a lot of what it out there right now, it is always refreshing. Because let's face it, sometimes it hard to find
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LuAnn
I wanted so much to love this book, but there were so many issues that made me uncomfortable as a reader, school librarian, and even as a writer, that I couldn't. Of course, as with many books, I was drawn to the cover. The girl is fun-looking and the shadow in her glasses intriguing, so I was immediately disappointed to find the story told from a boy's point of view (albeit, most of the time he sounded like a girl, and had waaay to much internal dialogue to be believable as a boy) and to find t ...more
Colleen Houck
Totally unexpected. I loved the voice of the narrator. It was different being in a guy's head and I found it really fun. The characters were all very likable, which was surprising since they would not be the types that I would have been friends with in high school. It proves that everyone has a story and deserves a little bit of sympathy. ...more
Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
Due to copy/paste, some formatting has been lost. You can find the entire review on Skye’s Scribblings here.

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Rating: Older Teen (language, sensuality bordering on sexuality, sexual innuendo)
Told: First Person (Jeff), Past Tense

Cover: I originally didn't like it, but it grew on me and now I hate to get rid of my ARC because I love it so much.

Writing: The voice was very realistic, which made for slow and sluggish pacing for me - I like every sentence to have a reas
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Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)

"When people get stolen from, they don’t just lose their stuff. They lose a piece of their security, their ability to believe things are right in the world. But for a very few times when their belongings are returned It’s amazing. They get their confidence back and sometimes more than they had before."


What is Life After Theft is all about?
A new Guy at a new school.
The Ghost of the school's former Queen B.
And a cave of stolen stuffs.

On the first few chapters of reading I thought it greatly re
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Zoel
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok

Release Date: 30th April 2013

Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's mad
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usagi ☆ミ
Oh boy. This one was...difficult to say the least. As I love retellings of any sort, I was really looking forward to "Life After Theft". I didn't have much luck with any of Pike's previous works, really - nothing earthshattering, at least, so I was hoping this work would change my mind. Unfortunately, "Life After Theft" just wasn't for me (to put it lightly).

While the cross-gender narration wasn't too terrible (Pike makes for a semi-convincing boy in terms of 1st person POV voice, which was a re
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Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne curre ...more

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