Afterward – Jennifer Mathieu

51ertouvql-_aa300_    Afterward – Jennifer Mathieu, Recorded Books, (9781490651002), 2016

Format: cd audiobook

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? Caroline’s 11-year-old autistic brother, Dylan, has been found after being kidnapped four days earlier. Also found with him is Ethan, now 15-years-old, kidnapped four years earlier. Ethan’s dad is a dentist so they are able to afford individual therapy for him as well as family therapy. For Dylan’s family, divorce results; Dylan is traumatized. 16-year-old Caroline does everything she can to help her brother including going to visit Ethan to see if he can assist her in finding out just what happened to Dylan. This is a riveting story, told alternately by Caroline and Ethan and narrated by Nina Alvamar and Jeffrey Brick. The characters are so real and believable it is difficult to accept they do actually exist.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this one to middle schoolers and teens who like gritty realism in their choice of reading. Good choice for discussions.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, middle school and high school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? YA audiobooks

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 12/29/2016

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