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Sweet, Hereafter

(Heaven #3)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Coretta Scott King Award-winner Angela Johnson concludes her Heaven trilogy with a poignant tale of discovering where—and with whom—you belong.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published December 26th 2009)
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Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Having read the other titles in the trilogy, I think Sweet, Hereafter is a deft closing. This final installment is about Sweet, a young girl we meet through Marley in Heaven. Sweet is odd; she wears knee high rain boots, isn’t obsessed with ipods or Facebook, drives a truck dubbed Alice and likes feeding ground hogs apple peels. She doesn’t fit in with her perfect, beautiful family. In this closing book, it’s a few years later and Sweet, a senior, is still odd but popular. When her relationship ...more
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I heard Angela Johnson speak recently. She said this book took her five years and she didn't want to write it in the first place. Heaven was intended as a stand-alone; she got talked into The First Part Last and this, Shoogie's story, and - while far be it from me to second-guess the author's impulses - I'm glad she did. Sweet, Hereafter certainly doesn't read like it took a long time to write. Johnson's writing is felicitous as always. But it takes a darker turn than the first two books. Shoogi ...more
May 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 8th-grade-ir
Sweet, Hereafter is about A high schooler named Shoogy who lives in a small town called Heaven. She lives with her parents and brothers. She is unhappy because she thinks they do not understand her. She couldn't talk to them and didn't find any reason to stay there. Curtis who is another main character is an Iraq veteran. He allows Shoogy to move in with him and she feels she can trust and depend on him. He is a lot like her because he likes to be alone and likes the quiet in the woods. She left ...more
Angela Johnson has an amazing ability to fill very short descriptive phrases or words with a huge amount of feeling and to imply plot with clarity and brevity. Her writing is amazing, and how it works is elusive - at least to me. Sweet moves out of her family's home and goes to live with Curtis, a former neighbor, and an Army reservist, who has served in Iraq, and who now lives in a small cabin in the woods. Sweet doesn't know Curtis very well, and he doesn't talk much, but living with him, she ...more
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Honestly, until I read the last third of this book, I hated it. The writing style is very amorphous and jumps time a lot, so it's difficult to figure out if you're reading about something happening now, or that happened in the past. There's also a lot of characters thrown around that don't play any significant role and I started confusing who was who. And the main character, who I thought was named Sweet but is named in the inside cover Shoogy, is not very sympathetic. She insinuates that she ha ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction
Summary: Shoogie moves out of her family home and into a cabin in the woods with a former soldier. They share a sweet but tenuous connection until tragedy intervenes.

Verdict: Confusion.

Yay!: The book is short and easy to read, which makes it great for reluctant or slow readers, but also deep, which gives it broader appeal. Dreamy prose and a pared-down plot let Shoogie's emotion float to the surface. Johnson's writing shines.

Nay!: I haven't read all three books in the Heaven trilogy. Apparently
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shoogy has left her parent's cold and constricting home to live with Curtis. The two find kindred spirits in each other. While Shoogy deals with the baggage her parents have given her, Curtis copes with life after being in Iraq.

I wasn't as connected to this book as I was to the others in the series. I felt that more could have been developed and added to story. I found myself confused by parts of the story because Shoogy seemed to be an unreliable narrator...though really she wasn't. The words
Lee Ann
Had to read this for some work, and it just wasn't my style. Too short and abstract, which left the characters feeling flat. Maybe it didn't help that I haven't read the first two books in the trilogy.

I get what Johnson was trying to do, and I appreciate this as a story about the aftermath of war. But none of the characters were memorable to me, and Sweet's whole story revolved around Curtis so I don't feel she really made a good protagonist.

2/5 stars.
Donna Siebold
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-hub-2018
We met Sweet in the first book of the Heaven trilogy. There we learned how little she felt she fit into her family. In this story she has moved away from her family. She is living with a veteran, Curtis. She still is uncomfortable with her own family.

We learn how Curtis deals with the possibility of his returning to war and how it impacts their lives.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
It’s interesting that this book reportedly took the author years to write, because it actually gave off the opposite vibe for me. It seemed kind of rushed! It was almost like a stream of consciousness, single sitting writing assignment. There were definitely parts of the book that I liked, but it went off the rails and became overly dramatic/unbelievable in the end.
Anna Chappell
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked getting into Shoogy's head and seeing what happened to her, but this one didn't speak to me as much as the other two Heaven books did. I think Curtis wasn't developed enough, and too much of Shoogy's story was wrapped up in his, I'm not sure. ...more
Mrs. Hahn
Shoogy, sick of being at home, ends up staying at a cabin with Curtis, himself AWOL from the Army during the Iraq War.

This was a short but not-so-sweet story of figuring out who you want to be and how to go about it. Choices are made, some positive, and some permanent.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This was an excellent narrative although I think this trilogy could have been one book about three different kids dealing with different problems. This story was actually truly beautiful in my mind.
Julie Trapp
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Packing a punch reminiscent of the first in the trilogy, Sweet, Hereafter delivers a satisyfing, bittersweet and idiosyncraticly winsome conclusion to the Heaven ternion.
Vickie Simpson
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The poignant conclusion to the acclaimed Heaven trilogy takes readers back to Heaven, Ohio, for a bittersweet tale of first love found and lost.
Lilian martinez
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is about Shoogie a high school senior who lives with her boyfriend Curtis who's an ex soldier that fought in Iraq. Throughout the book Shoogie describes her relationship with Curtis as a place where she belongs, yet he’s always so distant. Disaster strikes when curtis receives the news that he has to go back into the army. It takes you through the journey the two have to face together. This book is a quick read, but compared to the other two books in the heaven trilogy it was not as go ...more
Jen  Bigheart
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
3 out of 5 stars

Shoogy Maple lives in a cabin in the woods with no TV, no radio, and no computer. It is a quiet life that she has chosen after leaving her family home at 17. Shoogy and Curtis settle in to a routine of school, work and hushed meals. Life is going at a slow and steady pace until Shoogy reads a letter, addressed to Curtis from the Army Reserve. Shoogy learns Curtis has been ordered to return to active duty. Shoogy begins to understand why Curtis has been suffering from nightmares,
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
The third book in the "Heaven" trilogy has been a long time coming. "Sweet, Hereafter" suffers from the time lapse because little background is given from "Heaven" (1998) and "The First Part Last" (2003). I would suggest to my students that they read this trilogy from the beginning. Since each volume is slim, this would not be an unreasonable suggestion, and would lead to a clearer, more satisfying read.

Lest one be fooled by the look of this slim volume, in true Johnson style, this is definitely
Dayshana Dorsey
Sweet Hereafter. They story of a young girl who ran away from home.This is a adventure / fiction story. If you asked me I would say this is a good book. I would change a few things like the ending(not going to spoil).
So in this story a girl named Shoogy has ran away from her home.She feels if so she is fending for herself and she is done with it.While running she comes across a shack in the woods and meets a man around her age and who has also been to Iraq and who has fought in the War. His nam
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenbooks
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Shoogy has run away from home, from her perfect family that tried to mold her into what they wanted her to be, but she refused and has run away. She decides to go to the one person she knows will take her, Curtis. Curtis is an odd person, quiet and keeping much to himself, but the two seem to know and understand each other and so they begin to live together in Curtis' cabin in the woods.

Shoogy, tells the story of the two of them living out there in the woods, of her leaving her family, of her st
Brianna Covarrubias
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
My overall review of this book was that a young sweet girl became in love with this boy named Curtis her boyfriend. The girl ran away from her house and went to go live with him in his cabin. The girl decided to leave her house because she felt alone she left like her family didn't pay attention to her. She found it better if she would go move in with her boyfriend. She was a average teen age girl she went to school work liked the nature just like Curtis. She meet Curtis at her job she was also ...more
Jay Tracey
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-eval-book
Sweet or Shoogy left home or was kicked out by her parents because no one really understands her. But Curtis does. She doesn’t really like school and she and Curtis like to be alone together. This is the third part of a trilogy, Heaven (1998) and The First Part Last (2003), but it is not entirely necessary to read the earlier books, though some of the same characters show up in this installment. Curtis lives in a small cabin on the shores of Lake Erie away from the town of Heaven and he is in th ...more
Anastasia Garcia
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Sweet, Hereafter was a spellbinding book. I'm really enjoyed the style of this author. Short, simple sentences strung in interesting phrases. 3 page chapters with complete thoughts.

The story follows the main character as she runs away from everything and everyone. Her disconnected view of allows for some interesting observations.

Here are a few excerpts from the book:

"Reason six hundred and ninety-two why nothing should shock me but always does."

"The army and marines would rock so much better
 Imani ♥ ☮
Well this was a lot like the other books in the trilogy. I didn't really get this book that much like The First Part Last and Heaven. This author writes very abstractly but beautifully. There was just a couple things I didn't get about this story such as the fact that the girl's name was supposedly Shoogy but everyone kept calling her Sweet. And then the whole running away thing. I guess maybe in a way I would have liked this book more if it was longer. Overall however, I think that this book wa ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
In the final installment on the Heaven trilogy, Shoogy has left home, not feeling like she has ever truly fit in there. While she does have friends who care for her, her biggest connection is with Curtis, even though there's a lot she doesn't know about him. Having fought in Iraq, Curtis has a lot that he won't talk about, and Shoogy never pushes him for more information, but she does witness the emotional impact war has left on him.

This book was a little hard for me to follow; it jumps back and
Shandi Hibbert
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-356-yal
I should feel a little guilty for giving this book a low rating, but I don't. This was a one night stand for me. From the moment I finished it, no more contact or interaction of any kind. It was a good thing this was a quick read, because I couldn't have survived another page. I guess the story was supposed to have a lot of depth to it, but I wasn't buying it. I am still slightly confused about what the main character's name is, let alone the message the author is trying to get across. It was a ...more
Jeanette Johnson
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This wasn't my cup of tea. This is the third book in a series or at least a companion book and I just didn't connect with the characters. I understood Curtis wanting to live on the edge of the woods because of his experiences in Iraq and how he was a solitary kind of person but I didn't have enough information about Shoogy. We got glimpses of her.She didn't get along well at home and caused trouble in school so she only went a few day a week to special classes. She showed up one day on Curtis's ...more
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