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Sweet, Hereafter (Heaven #3)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  289 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
After Heaven and The First Part Last, three-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Angela Johnson concludes her acclaimed trilogy with a poignant tale of finding where you belong and who you belong with.

Shoogy left home with all her jeans still in the washer because she couldn’t think of a reason to stay. She’s not sure where she belongs, until she meets Curtis. Cur
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published December 26th 2009)
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Mar 12, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Damian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 Jacki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 04, 2017 Sylvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
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 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jay Tracey
Nov 05, 2015 Jay Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brianna Covarrubias
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
Apr 15, 2010 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2010 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Adrienne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the Heaven trilogy is a quick, sweet and touching read. Shoogy has moved to Heaven, Ohio but just can't seem to fit in. She decides to leave home on the day all her jeans, except the ones she's wearing, are in the wash. Later she comes back by and finds them all folded on the front porch. Meanwhile, she has met Curtis who lives in a cabin in the woods where things are quiet and they can get to know each other and feed the groundhogs. It turns out that Curtis has been to Iraq an ...more
Jeanette Johnson
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
Shandi Hibbert
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
Mar 30, 2016 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another quick read from Angela Johnson. Shoogy ("Sweet") has left home and is living in a cabin with Curtis - a Iraq war veteran. She still goes to school and works, but otherwise is feeling adrift in her life. She feels safe and comfortable in the cabin, with Curtis. When Curtis gets papers about needing to report back to Iraq, Sweet can't find him.

This installment in the Heaven series in the final in the trilogy, but it leaves the reader wondering and maybe wanting some more. I felt the writin
Jul 06, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic-fic, war
A poetic, compact story that packs an emotional punch in its topic of the effect war has on the people who fight, and the people who love them. Shoogy showed up at Curtis's door when living at home wasn't working anymore, and he let her stay. He never talks about his time in Iraq, but sometimes he screams in his sleep. Could be a one-sitting book, and great for discussion. Third book in the Heaven trilogy; I read it alone, which worked, but more context for the characters would've been nice.
May 21, 2010 Phoebe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yareads
This book's feet never touch the ground. It hovers, a light yet heavy, dark yet ethereal thing. I want to worry about the characters but I don't quite make it. The details that make up their lives are exquisite but too sparse for me to ever know anyone. In the end, I care about the story in a way that's like just passing through, like meeting a friend's sick cousin whom I'll never meet again. Still, I respect Johnson's work and pluck her books from the shelves as rare, gentle gems describing non ...more
Sep 26, 2013 River rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I've read the two previous novels in the Heaven trilogy, Sweet, Hereafter works perfectly well as a standalone (as do Heaven, and The First Part Last). "Sweet" is just as poetic and real as any Angela Johnson novel, from behaviors and reactions of the characters, to their idiosyncrasies and emotions. The inclusion of Marley, and Bobby and Feather is a nice touch, something more for the fans than anything else.
Shoogy's story is no doubt touching, and readers will have been moved to their
Not quite sure what I thought of this. Honestly, it was very difficult to get into, which surprised me since I read and enjoyed both Heaven and The First Part Last. I was bored by this; I struggled just to finish it (and it's a short, small book, too), but I can't put my finger on precisely why...I think maybe Shoogy's personality just grated on me. I found her narrative voice hard to flow with and follow. And the plot was a little bit confusing, too; I constantly felt like I was missing details ...more
Dec 18, 2010 Kaci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third and final book in the Heaven trilogy by Angela Johnson. The main character, Sweet, is insightful, introspective, and rebellious. The book really examines the effects of war on the young men and women that endure deployment and what it does psychologically to their souls. Curtis has been deployed once, then goes AWOL because he doesn't want to go back. Angela Johnson has a poetic way of writing about heavy issues. All three books in this series are short, easy reads. I have real ...more
J.S. Andersen
The story was a very quick read a couple of hours. I don't really know what else to say. I had the ending figure out. The characters seemed real. It just wasn't totally my type of book, it just didn't interest me. But the writing was good.

Violence: N/A
Language: There is a lot of swearing and the use of the f word.
Drugs: Smoking
Sex: She has not graduated from high school and lives with a guy. There is also a description of her taking her clothes off and leaving intimates laying in various places
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After reading what some other users wrote, I found out that much of the protagonist's backstory comes from the first book in the series (the only one of the three that I haven't read). I think that was part of my confusion about her motivation for doing the things she did, and why some of the secondary characters seemed so flat. I'll have to add the first book to my to read list and see how that adds to my understanding of this story. Preview at the (book) supplier:
May 18, 2015 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was sad but it was great it got me thinking about war and the things that really matter to me and even had me questioning what it must feel like to have them (soldiers in Iraq )so far away from you and while there scared your also scared for them.And seems like that kind of fear never goes away even as you try to go on with life your still afraid of losing some one dear to you ,some one you love and miss.I also got the question in my head Why are we still in Iraq,anyway?
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