After Ever After
Title: After Ever After
Author: Jordan Sonnenblick
“Jeremy and his best friend Tad have both beaten cancer, but they still suffer from the side effects of treatment. Jeremy can’t concentrate and Tad can’t walk well. They strike a deal to get through the year: Tad will tutor Jeremy to help him pass the standardized tests, and Jeremy will work out with Tad to get his legs strong enough to walk at graduation. And one big surprise is a new girl at school, who is actually interested in Jeremy. This book was super funny, cute, and also heartbreaking. I was laughing through my tears, and vise versa.”—Kelly at KDL’s Cascade Township branch
Jeffrey isn’t a little boy with cancer anymore. He’s a teen who’s in remission, but life still feels fragile. The aftereffects of treatment have left Jeffrey with an inability to be a great student or to walk without limping. His parents still worry about him. His older brother, Steven, lost it and took off to Africa to be in a drumming circle and “find himself.” Jeffrey has a little soul searching to do, too, which begins with his escalating anger at Steven, an old friend who is keeping something secret, and a girl who is way out of his league but who thinks he’s cute.