Published by HarperCollins
Date Published: June 7, 2011
Can there truly be love after death?I read this after reading Melissa Marr’s Graveminder (which I also loved!) and must have been in a ghosty mood cause I blew through this book! I think what I loved right off the bat was that A) the girl was the supernatural element and B) it was from her POV. I’m not super adept on ghost stories, but so often it’s looking at the ghost from the outside. Really, it’s most intense to have to look at it from the ghost’s POV. They were the ones who were (usually) murdered after all. Top all that off with the girl saving the boy within the first few pages. Holy wow!
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.
What really intrigued me about this book was Joshua’s and Amelia’s relationship (maybe I’m reading too much into it) but I felt like it was a very mutual relationship, like they were both a little bit broken and both needed to be healed. It wasn’t one of those ‘OMG THERE IS SO MUCH TENSION/SECRETS BETWEEN US, BUT THAT’S WHAT ATTRACTS US’ kind of relationship, it was just a simple relationship. And really, isn’t that kind of rare in a lot of YA these days?
I am already dying for the sequel. I usually don’t let myself lust over sequels. I mean, really? Why pine for a year? But I’m getting quite antsy. Already. Sadly, I can’t say what I’m dying to know about because, well, that would be spoiler-y.
Last but not least, how cool is it to have a girl run around for all of eternity in a Prom dress. Granted, that would actually be horrible to have do, but it creates a pretty image, no?