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Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. 

But she does know this--she is dead. And alone, in a vast, dark space. 

The only company she has in this place are luminescent objects that 

turn out to be all the things Maddy lost while she was alive. And soon 

she discovers that with these artifacts, she can re-experience--and 

sometimes even change--moments from her life.

Her first kiss. 

A trip to Disney World. 

Her sister's wedding. 

A disastrous sleepover.

In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes 
frightening truths about her life--and death.

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   Click the image to the left to listen to an excerpt of the audiobook, published by Brilliance Audio

 Praise for the Book...

VOYA (Starred Review)

This book might need to be sold to readers one at a time (the first line is "I'm dead"), 
but it will be well worth the effort. Huntley's writing is as lovely as the photograph on the 
book's cover and as poetic as the Emily Dickinson quotes sprinkled throughout. The 
nonlinear tale tells Maddy's life story, ranging from babyhood to her senior year and then 
back to toddlerhood. Readers learn along with Maddy about her family, her best friend, 
her boyfriend, and even her frenemies. Inspired by a friend's question, "Wouldn't it be
funny if all those things you lost turned up after you were dead, just when you didn't need 
them anymore?" Huntley creates an entirely new version of the human experience after death. 
She pulls in some quantum physics but not so much as to scare off the unscientific, and 
intersperses the aforementioned Dickinson, but the world and the interactions between the 
spirits that inhabit it and the real world are as fascinating as the question of how Maddy died. 
This book is one where people who like to read the last page first will need a friend to cover 
it, so that there are no spoilers. It is also a book that will stick with readers, making them 
think not only about Maddy but also about the nature of life and death, time, possessions, 

and the interactions with both people and things that make us, us. Reviewer: Beth Karpas

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Madison Stanton is dead. When she awakes in a vast 
expanse of nothingness, she realizes that she doesn't remember her past life, much less 
how she died. As she explores her surroundings, she finds glowing items scattered about her, 
such as a bracelet, a pair of socks, keys, and a sweatshirt. When she imagines putting the 
shirt on her nonexistent body, she's brought back to a moment in her former life. From this 
experience she learns that every object around her is something that she lost while she was 
alive, and that using it will bring her spirit back to the moment in which it went missing. Armed 
with this knowledge, she attempts to discover how she died. With some help from the spirits 
of her boyfriend Gabe and her ex-friend Tammy, Madison learns the shattering truth of her 
demise. This fresh take on a teen's journey of self-exploration is a compelling and highly 
enjoyable tale. Huntley expertly combines a coming-of-age story with a supernatural mystery 
that keeps readers engrossed until the climactic ending. This touching story will appeal to 
those looking for a ghost story, romance, or family drama.

—Laura Amos, Newport News Public Library, VA

Kirkus Reviews

Death is the new life. Stories about dead teens used to be mainly weepers about beautiful 
young girls with tragic diseases. Now along with vampires and zombies there are explorations 
of just what life after death might look like. First-time author Huntley's take on the topic is 
cleverly constructed and compelling. Madison, the 17-year-old narrator, recognizes the objects 
floating around her as ones she owned during her lifetime. Some experimentation leads her to 
realize that she can use them to re-experience and/or observe specific portions of her existence. 
Doing so helps her to answer the central question-how she died-as well as to reconnect with others 
in this formless void. Weaving concepts from physics and the poetry of Emily Dickinson into a 
series of (not chronological) vignettes from Madison's life works surprisingly well and presents a 
clear picture of relationships, choices and consequences. Refreshingly, Madison's death resulted 
from her effort to take care of a friend, not bad choices about drugs or alcohol. Intriguing and 

thought-provoking. (Fiction. YA)

Praise for the Audio Version of the Book...

School Library Journal (Starred Review)

The Everafter (unabr.) 5 CDs. 5:07 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4418-0183-8. $54.97.

Gr 7-10–Seventeen-year-old Madison (Maddy) Stanton is confused, lonely, and dead in this 

novel (Balzer & Bray, 2009) by Amy Huntley. Where she is and how she got there is unknown, 

but in the expansive darkness that surrounds her, she discovers floating, luminescent objects 

she lost in her previous life. Maddy sees these items and feels that her “life is lying in a heap 

of memories piled on top of one another.” Each object allows her (and listeners) to skip through 

her past life, proving that even seemingly insignificant items—a bracelet, a pine cone, a piece of 

popcorn—elicit memories. During her soul searching, Madison also discovers clues to her 

mysterious and sudden death. Tavia Gilbert is amazing in her ability to transition between 

numerous characters, from a silky, Southern drawl to a soused father to a complicated, 

contemplative teenager. This is as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo 

voice. Huntley’s fabulous, haunting debut novel is a ghost story, a mystery, and a love story 

that creates a unique twist on one of life’s ponderables: what happens after we die?  

A compelling addition to teen collections.–Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH.   

Way to Go, Tavia Gilbert!

YALSA (Young Adult Library Association) Named The Everafter