A review by kenna92005
AfterMath by Emily Barth Isler


AfterMath is the first juvenile fiction book I've read in a long while. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

Lucy's voice is so poignant and raw. It gripped me from the very beginning. My emotions jumped along with hers as the story progressed. I never knew what was coming next.

AfterMath is unique in that I don't think there are many books that tell an outsider's point of view coming into the middle of people recovering from something so tragic and life altering. The premise is, Lucy's younger brother died from a heart condition and her family wanted a new start to try and help their grieving. So they move to Queensland where all of Lucy's schoolmates are survivors of a school shooting that occurred four years ago.

There was so much loss and grief in this book, but it didn't feel overwhelming. The author wrote about the grieving process and healing through tragedy in way that was uplifting and encouraging. I think the author handled this situation respectively for all of the victims of loss. I also enjoyed all of the math anecdotes.

This book is a fast read. The characters are very lovable and the storyline is gripping. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel connected to another who has experienced some loss.