Author: Amy Efaw
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: August 11, 2009
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a young adult fiction fan.
- You don't mind tough subjects.
From Goodreads.com: "
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. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer."
My Two Cents:
This book marked one of the first audiobooks that I've listened to. I found out recently that I can "check out" audiobooks through a app called Overdrive through my local library. The audiobook goes right on my iphone for easy listening. I really enjoyed the experience of listening to a story and think I will listen to more in the future.
Anyhow, that being said, this is a pretty solid young adult read. It deals with real issues and does something almost impossible. It turns Devin, a teenager who gets pregnant and hides it from everyone in her life. When the baby is finally born, Devin is so freaked out and distraught that she throws the baby away in the trash. Even with all that, Efaw is able to turn Devin into a sympathetic character, which is truly an amazing feat.
Why only 3 stars? I really had an issue with the way that the book ended. I didn't feel like I had closure on a lot of things. Why did Devin do what she did in the end of the book? I don't want to give anything away but the ending really made me want to shake her and ask her what the heck she was thinking. What was her motive? I just didn't get it. I also wanted more closure with the baby. What happened to her? What is the outcome of her life? What about the father of the baby? I feel that the book would have been a lot stronger with some of this information in there.