The Everafter
by Amy Huntley

Balzer + Bray, 2009. ISBN 978-0-061-77679-3.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 12/13/2009

Teen/Girls; Fiction: Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy

Where do we go after we die? For Madison Stanton, she's somewhere in the vast dark everafter—a place she refers to as "Is", formless, isolated, and discombobulated. She doesn't know how she got there, how she died. All she knows is that she is lonely, missing Gabriel and looking for answers.

In the opening pages of The Everafter Madison Stanton remembers nothing at first, until she happens upon the first of many floating luminescent objects—a bracelet and a sweatshirt—that she misplaced when she was living. Moments and snippets of Madison's past are revealed to the reader as she comes upon these objects that jettison her back through time where she relives (through watching or becoming part of herself again) or possibly changes moments in her life. In these trips Maddy also acquires perspective about others and herself. Situations that seemed one way when she was living are revealed to have another context as she revisits. As Maddy travels through parts of her past she is drawn closer to the truth about the mystery of her death and to her boyfriend Gabriel.

Author Amy Huntley does a good job of capturing the voice and angst of youth, tween and teen. The Everafter is a provocative haunting novel.

Amy Huntley is a high school English teacher in East Lansing, Michigan, where she lives with her husband and daughter. The Everafter is her first book. Visit Amy's blog.

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