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Monday, February 10, 2014

Audio Book Review: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Life After Theft
by Aprilynne Pike
HarperTeen (Audio Book)
Buy from Indigo

Description: Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

Random Thoughts
  •  Jeff is a truly likeable character and I adored his sense of humour and inner monologue
  • Realistic and tasteful sexuality
  • Adored Jeff's parents - especially his mom, quite frankly at times I hoped that I would be as good of a mom as his was
  • Narrator did an ok women's voice - not great, but ok.  Found him easy to listen to though
  • I am a sucker for ghost stories and this one was unique
  • Great twists and turns
  • Liked the development of Kimberlee's character
  • Great uses of humour
  •  Liked the discussions about faith and god - interesting and not preachy
  • Made me giggle
  • Sweet little story - would have loved it when I was the intended audiences age
  • Liked how author dealt with underage drinking, drugs, homosexuality and safe sex -- done in a non preachy way
  • Was a little frustrated with Jeff's feelings about Sera's past - though in authors defense  the character gets the fact that it isn't fair what he was thinking
  • Great opening chapter, totally hooks you in 
  • Will appeal to male readers - you know how I feel about the lack of male YA readers
  • Love the scenes between Jeff and the cop who helps him out at the mall (sorry guys cannot remember his name and had to return audio book to library, but he was a great character) 
  • Unfortunately the cover will put off male readers as it looks a mite girly (Hey I live with DH and two boys, I kinda get them now)
Favorite Quotes (Wish I had bookmarked some more parts- but it was cold this week while I was listening and too much work to take off the gloves and use the keypad on my phone - yes I am a wimp but I am old & it was  minus 25) 

“Talk about doomed love. He's gay, she's dead, stay tuned.”

"You'd think that if my head was going to make someone up it would give me someone nice. I was feeling officially betrayed. "

3.75 Dewey's

I borrowed this from the Calgary Public Library

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