by Amy Efaw [j Efaw or YA PB Efaw]
by Amy Efaw is a disturbing story which deals with the phenomenon of
"dumpster babies". It has the feel of an uneven musical composition.
Sometimes the style turned me off. Other times, the character portrayal
felt wrong. And, once in a while, the plot felt overloaded. Yet within
the bulk of its pages is a story that I enjoyed. I'll get back to the
parts I enjoyed later, but first let me address the style. The first
several chapters with their rapid-fire sentences felt like the incessant
tap-tap-tap of a staccato beat. Interspersed within those chapters were
occasional scenes of frenzy, as if the composer were stumbling over
notes in a panicked attempt to find the right rhythm. However, just when
I felt ready to walk away, the melody evened out. From that moment
forward, despite the occasional wrong note, the composition was
pleasant. Efaw picked a challenging character in Devon Davenport. On the
one hand, Devon is a teenage girl who vowed to never become her mom.
She intended to first attend college and to establish a career. Then and
only then would she allow herself to date, get married, have sex, and
become a mom. But then Devon has a vulnerable moment. Allows herself to
fall in love. And have sex. On the other hand, Devon is a young woman
who denies even to herself that she has gotten pregnant and has given
birth to a baby, and so she dumps her child. No matter how one frames
it, Devon will be a tough character to understand. When Devon finally
started showing herself as vulnerable, After
became extremely moving and Efaw gave me many reasons to feel sympathy.
She works hard to become a model prisoner. She builds new
relationships. And she begins to search her soul for the truth of who
she really is and wants to be. For these reasons, I ended up liking After. -- review submitted by Allison H.-F. - a customer of the Bennett Martin Public Library
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