The Everafter

by Amy Huntley
Published by Brilliance
Young Adult

School Library Journal Starred Review

Tavia Gilbert gives a haunting portrayal of Madison Stanton, a 17-year-old girl who has just discovered she’s dead. Madison is able to travel back to her life through her memories of the objects she has lost. The chapters alternate between these memories and Madison’s musings while trapped in “Is,” the name she has given her afterlife. Gilbert moves easily between these sections, relating Madison’s earlier memories in a childlike voice and more recent memories in the youthful cadence of a teenager. Through her memories Madison pieces together her life, and Gilbert adds to the drama by changing her tone from disheartenment to acceptance, and finally excitement as Madison discovers the truth of her life, and her death. AudioFile Magazine