Sunday, April 4, 2010

After Ever After

We have some serious Jordan Sonnenblick fans at my school. All of our copies of his novels have clear tape holding the cover on and students are constantly recommending his books to each other (I love that). Everyone is going to be so psyched to read After Ever After once spring break is over.

Following the same characters as Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, this time the narrator is Jeffrey, cancer-survivor and 8th grader. He and his best friend Tad (another cancer survivor) struggle with typical adolescent worries like girls, standardized tests, and weird families. Unfortunately, they also have the fear of their cancer recurring hanging over their heads.

Jordan Sonnenblick writes teenage boy dialogue so well; I was laughing at the "your momma" jokes but welled up with tears at one point, too. It's obvious that Sonnenblick was a teacher from his not-so-hidden rants about standardized testing. Good for him. I think he works his agenda into the novel in an entertaining way. I hope this isn't the last we hear of Jeffrey, Steven, Annette, and the rest of these characters.

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