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The Everafter

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  4,717 ratings  ·  687 reviews
Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this - she is dead. And alone in a vast, dark space. The only company Maddy has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things she lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that, with these artifacts, she can reexperience - and even change - moments from her l ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Balzer + Bray
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This book was sad and depressing and it makes me wonder where the author's head was at when she wrote this.

Madison Stanton is dead and in a sort of limbo where the only things there with her are all the items she lost during her life. When she comes into contact with an item it sends her back to the moment in her life when she lost it and she can then relive or watch the scene as it plays out. Madison can't remember when or how she died and she hopes that by reliving all the moments of the lost
Julie Kagawa
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Really unique book on life after death. Not going to spoil anything but what I loved about it was the ending. I was afraid the author was going to pull one of those cheesy Happily Ever After endings, which wouldn't have fit the book at ALL. But no, it was handled beautifully, it left me with a bittersweet feeling inside, and I was nodding when I closed the book, thinking "yes, that's exactly how it should be." I loved it. Highly recommended. ...more
Sep 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
The Everafter is one of those books that defies summarization. It’s neither boring nor particularly compelling. The writing is simple, yet the concept is complex and alluring.

Madison is neither alive nor dead. She begins consciousness lacking memories, physical form, or words and yet she “is”. Distracted by a perceived brightness, Madison happens upon random objects that she understands as past possessions that she once lost. These lost objects are scattered across “is” and are able to transport
Kandrea Cheney
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kandrea Cheney by: Krisanne Stewart
Well, I chewed this one up and spit it out! I didn't want to put the book down until it ended. This is such a different story, an interesting and fascinating view of what death could be like and dealing with change and letting go. You want Maddy to find out how she died yet you don't want to find out how she died because you're afraid that will be the end for her. READ IT! You will not be disappointed. Thanks for the great review and recommendation Mrs. Stewart!! ...more
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Okay, this book creeped me out just a little bit, more towards the middle to the end, but I was definitely creeped out. The Everafter by Amy Huntley is a supernatural, ya mystery/romance coupled with a ghost story. Sounds like quite the eclectic mix, right? Well no worries, it all blends very well together and takes you on a journey of the afterlife as Huntley perceives it.

Madison Stanton is sure about one thing, she is dead and in a place she calls "is," which is an oblivion where lost things
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Well, this was an interesting take on life after death. Here, you sort of float in a space that's empty of everything except for what you lost over the course of your life, reliving your memories by interacting with those objects. Lost keys? Touch them to see where and how and why you lost them. It was this concept that got me to read this book. It was just so unusual that I had to see how it played out.

As it turned out, the concept was the best part. This is the sort of book that's really, real
May 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I'd like to say about The Everafter is that it's unique and I loved reading it! It's different than anything I've ever read before, and I'll never forget it. Amy Huntley's creativity and originality shines in this novel.

The novel is based on a girl, Madison, and she is dead. She is dead and bored. Bored, because she is trapped in a space that she calls Is. Is is the empty space that she is in. And when Is presents her with objects she lost when she was alive, she is able to go ba
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to like about this poignant little novel about life, death, loss, and love. It had hooked me from the first sentence and swept me along until I found myself at the end in one sitting. I have a passive interest in theoretical physics, and so I especially enjoyed the quantum theory that was woven into the story. Okay, so maybe most high school chemistry teachers aren't going to launch into a lecture on wave-particle duality, but I still ate it up.

This is one of the best novels I
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Everafter is one of those books that sticks with you after you read it. You turn the last page and go 'huh, that was interesting!'.

The story is told from the point of view of Madison. Madison's dead. She doesn't know how she died, or where she is, or even who she is at first. She just is. She's not a body or a person but more like a ball of energy. As she explores the endless space-like place she's in, she encounters objects she's lost in life. When she touches one, she's sucked back to that
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is a fiction book. This is a fiction book. This is a fiction book.
I was constantly having to remind myself this was just story otherwise this would have been extremely depressing.

Bear with me here... I'm not trying to get all religious on you. But, man I can't imagine thinking that all was waiting for me in the 'afterlife' was objects I had lost over here and brief moments with the scene where I had lost them.... I can't imagine an "IS" that doesn't have some sort of superior power. To be a
C.L. Cannon
Aug 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a weird book for me. I enjoyed some parts immensely, while others annoyed me because they felt too juvenile, but as a whole, I enjoyed this strange take on life after death. The ending was bittersweet and I'm glad. ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
"In The Everafter, Maddy relives moments from her life which broke her heart, made her laugh uncontrollably, and forced her to grow. Amy Huntley’s book will do the same for you." - Jay Asher

Me: I am really happy for you, imma let you finish, but I think no one actually cried or laughed... or has broken his/her heart... while reading this book.

Kanye West ftw :P xD

Readers who likes to read thriller, scary books or want to read one,
this book wasn't:
3)or Haunting kind of stuff
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
For such a short book, I just struggled. I think the writing was very vague and never let me really like the am/is of Maddy. Also, I wasn't a fan of the age jump/skipping around where she'd be 7 and then 17 and 15 and then the is again. It just felt distracting and I wasn't interested enough to enjoy it. ...more
Ellie Haygood
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Everafter was a peculiar yet exciting read that kept me fascinated with the characters.

It’s a young adult fiction romance novel that introduces the character Madison Stanton, who doesn’t have any idea where she is or how she got there; all she knows is that she’s dead and alone.

The character i’ve grown interest in is Madison, and her words of describing her paranormal experience. Throughout the book she shares childhood memories, and continuously revisits a memory from each year of her lif
rheanne ☽
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
I don't quite know what to say about this book.. the idea of it had my interest, but the book fell short. I just think that the author took a really simple approach to it, this book could have been a 400-pager easily. The description of pretty much every scene was rushed and vague, I'm big on imagery descriptors, and this one lacked that.

The book is targeted towards YA, other than one violent scene it is a middle grade book.

Now I didn't like this book, but I can't hate it. It was just kind of
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
The story is told through the different vignettes of Madison going back to the moments when she lost a a particular item. At first it's just to experience being alive and seeing her loved ones but then she realizes she can use these moments to unravel the how ans why of her death.

The format is unusual.

It jumps back and forth from her dead self to times in her life where she can be anywhere in age from an infant to seventeen.The style was choppy and uncomfortable but I kept reading and got into t
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing. Five stars doesn't even begin to cover it. Amy Huntley more then just outdoes herself with this book. Though you know form the very beginning that that Madison Stanton is dead, you don't know how, why, or anything else about her for that matter, until she goes on a trip to find all the things she's lost over her lifespan. It shows the beauty of how important the little things can be, how important things people take for granted everyday can be, whether it's a fi ...more
Steph Su
Jun 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: debs09, cover-lust
THE EVERAFTER is a truly original take on life after death, but it doesn’t quite live up to its high potential, with underdeveloped characters, a complex but slow-moving plot, and an anticlimactic ending.

In one sense, a work of fiction is only as good as the sum of its parts, and readers only know of the characters what is essential. THE EVERAFTER takes this literally, as the character of Madison is shown to us readers via a series of seemingly random scenes from her life, some of which have mor
Aug 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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First, just let me say I had the hardest time finding this book in here or on Google because the ARC is called "The After", not the "Everafter", which sounds worse, I think. Anyway, this book is alright. It's actually sort of depressing -- not just because the story is about a girl who is dead and figuring her way around the after-space she's in. It sort of winds up with this point that everyone is going to die anyway, and we just live in our memories, and pretty much every m
Krisanne Stewart
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
oh my goodness. chewed this one and spit it out. I started going to a chiropractor last Friday to try and fix some issues, and started this book while waiting. The doctor had to tell me it was time to put the book down and come on back. Today I asked if I could please read while I did my lower back stretches on the ball since I only had 40 pages left! The answer was no! I just finished it. Loved every page of it. I know I am relatively new to YA Fantasy, but I haven't seen this premise before. M ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was hard for me to get into this book until about 30 pages from the end. It took me 3 or 4 days to read it, and every night I picked it back up I only vaguely remembered what had previously been written. I think that had a lot to do with the storyline jumping around from different time periods in Maddy's life.
The ending though, you don't see it coming until it starts being played out. Pretty unpredictable which was nice.
A very interesting idea coupled with a more-often-than-not irritating main character filed with OMGProblems and very, very short chapters equals out to a decent romp in teenage land. To be fair though, I'm pretty sure my 13 year old would, like, tots luv how Amy, like, gets her. In the words of Roger Murtaugh, "I'm too old for this sh*t". ...more
A cute story that, with flaws (for one, a lack of any major interesting plot), wraps up with a satisfying and bittersweet ending and is somewhat memorable.
Lexie Layman
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crying, crying, and more crying... Still a great read though.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
it was a very good book there were things that you wanted to find out it is kind of a mystery in a way.
Ava Aymie
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a 10/10! With such a fast phase I wasn’t able to put the book down. The foreshadowing of Sandra’s moms overall insanity in the book made for a great and tragic ending of Madison’s life. The ending although sad turned out to be an actually sweet sigh of relief. The book was a great read.
This book it’s uh uh… what do they say? … it’s something else this book is not like anything I have ever read, now i'm not sure if it’s in a good thing or bad it was a very good book.One of it’s qualities is that it is very humours an example of this is shown by the following quote.

“Now i realise, is not the time to be remembering that Jenny Wilson almost became a scalpless wonder.”(pg.28).

This indicates that the book’s author Amy Huntly has but some humor but you know the saying “the reader wr
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
A friend from PaperBackSwap first recommended this book to me, and I purchased it when it was in the bargain section on I've had it for awhile, but I'm paring down my YA selection, so I decided to finally read it.

I was pretty excited to see that Gabrielle Zevin had an author blurb on my edition of this book because I LOVED Elsewhere and consider it one of my favorite books. It makes me laugh and cry, and I just love it.

But this review is supposed to be about The Everafter, so moving
Mickey Reed
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA paranormal fans, YA fanasy fans
Shelves: audio, 2011
This book deserves at least 4.5 stars, but I just can't give it 5. I will tell you why: Lost objects? Hmm. And the end just seemed a little too typical. But let's not start there. Let's start at the beginning, where a girl doesn't know where she is or who she is, just that she's dead. She sees all these objects in what she calls "is" and goes after them, only to be taken back to memories of her previous life. They are all moments where she had lost something, so she goes back and learns from eac ...more
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