Sunday, February 20, 2011
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Jeffrey and his friend Tad are cancer survivors. They are starting their 8th grade year. Jeffrey's cancer treatment has left him struggling with certain subjects in school. Mainly Math. He is thrown for a loop when it is announced that in order to pass onto high school they must pass state mandated tests. Jeffrey knows there is no possible way for him to pass Math. Tad takes on the job as tutorer. Tad has been in a wheelchair for several years because of the cruel remarks of a girl. Jeffrey challenges Tad to work out so that he can walk across the stage during graduation.
A new girl from California comes to school. She becomes Jeffrey's girlfriend. So many things are happening for Jeffrey this 8th grade year. His brother, after years of caring for Jeffrey, has gone to Africa to "find himself". Jeff gets his first girlfriend. He is preparing for his annual bike ride to raise funds for cancer. All of that on top of being tutored by Tad.
When everything seems to be crashing down around his ears, Jeffrey finds he is surrounded by caring friends.
I have loved every one of Jordan Sonnenblick's books. This one did not disappoint me. I laughed and I cried!