Monday, January 7, 2013

Book Review~After by Francine Prose

Title: After
Author: Francine Prose
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: May 11th 2004
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Realistic Fiction, Suspense
Synopsis: School has become a prison. No one knows why. There's no way to stop it.
Rating: 7.5/10
Source: Bought
Cover Talk: I like it. It's spooky and has the feel of the book.

My Thoughts: I'm really conflicted about this book. I liked the story, and then I didn't. I don't know; it was an unusual story and I'm not really sure how I feel about it.

Basically, what happened was that there were shootings at a nerby school so the protagonist's school had a guidance counselor who slowly took control of the whole school and made it a jail with all these rules and regulations. One by one kids started disappearing and it turns out this was all a part of a bigger plan. I really liked the idea. I also loved the writing because it felt like I was actually reading something written by a 16 year-old boy. Plus I found myself agreeing with a lot of Tom's thoughts.

But I hate the fact that the story felt incomplete. It wasn't the author's fault because frankly, what more could she write? But to be tortured like this, wondering who was controlling the whole thing and why were teenagers disappearing all over the world and STILL nobody noticed. It didn't do well with me.

Moreover, I felt that the story was too long. It could've been a little shorter and still have the same effect. There were many unnecessary details in between which kinda irritated me.

As far as the characters go, I liked all characters. This book didn't need an amotional bond with the characters so I was ok with it's absence, though the author did try to add some but it made the story a tad bit weird. Or maybe that's just what I think. I think Dr Willner (the counselor) seriously needs to go see a psychiatrist. 'nuf said!

All in all it was an ok book. I wouldn't particularly recommend it to anyone but if you want to give it a try then go ahead! Who knows, you may like it better.

About The Author:

Francine Prose (born in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American novelist. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991. She has sat on the board of judges for the PEN/Newman's Own Award, and her novel Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is now teaching at Bard College.

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