She was trying to figure out why she would want to put her own baby in the trash. Aug 2, Rising Action pt. She tries to talk to Devon, but Devon never talks. The police show up, and ask if they can ask Devon if they can ask her some questions. When they walk into the apartment, she does not answer any of the questions. Devon is then on her way to the Hospital, where she fights with the doctors saying she is fine.
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Summary from the publisher : An infant left in the trash to die. A teenage mother who never knew she was pregnant. Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature.
But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made—Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible— she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant.
Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Quotes: Then she sees the pictures. A sharp pain slams into her chest, seizes her breath. One of the couch — the blood-soaked cushions, the crumpled blanket. And another of the bathroom — the blood smeared across the linoleum, a pile of soiled towels in the corner. And still another — a torn open trash bag, revealing the garbage contained within.
She wraps her arms around herself tighter, trying to control her shaking. Her breaths come rapid and ragged. I swear. During the appointment? I flipped through the book to see if anything caught my eye, and was struck by the quote on page see above.
My interest was piqued, and I promised myself I would set aside a few hours that night to read at least part of the book and see if I liked it enough to continue. After is one of the few books that I have read that is written in the present tense in such a way that it conveys a sense of immediacy — like I was with Devon through all of her troubles.
After, however, is not focused on the baby that was discarded, but instead follows Devon through her initial experiences in the juvenile prison system and the courts. I think that most people are so focused on the welfare of the baby in these stories justifiably so, of course , and that the fate of the mom gets ignored, or remains unknown to the public because of laws about revealing the identity of minors.
It was interesting to think about what a postpartum teen would be going through physically and emotionally as she is processed through the justice system. Can you imagine being a postpartum teen, dealing with soreness from labor, milk-engorged breasts, and hormone changes, all while adjusting to life in a detention center? Or what about the guilt over what you had done, and the loss of your child?
Or the accusing stares of those around you? Regardless, the reader knows that she is guilty of dumping her baby in the garbage. Even if she was extremely upset or confused, her actions are never defended. I thought that the author did a great job of showing how a normal, good kid could end up in such a horrific situation.
After by Amy Efaw – Review
Sometimes I just need a little reminder. The paintbrush is a razor and the canvas is her wrist. Because hurting herself would be so much easier. The kind of lonely that sears, that burrows its way deep inside a heart and throbs. Like a gnawing hunger. Good is just so overrated.
After Discussion Guide
Sunday, October 25, After by Amy Efaw Update February 10, After contacting the author Amy Efaw in late via facebook and discussing the error in her book, After, regarding pregnancy, Ms. Efaw assured me that a correction would be made to the paperback edition. I had provided her with a link to a website which details fetal development and information on the fertilization process. Sadly, the paperback edition which my library received does not contain a correction. I am disappointed that this misinformation was not corrected because many teens will incorrectly believe that at 6 weeks of pregnancy a "fertilized egg" will not yet have implanted. This of course could have consequences in the decisions they may make in situations of unplanned pregnancy.