How could this happen? Who would do such a thing? These are the questions that surround the new-born baby that was found tied in a trash bag in the dumpster.
This certainly could not be Devon Davenport, a straight A student, exceptional athlete, and girl with a plan. Yet, when the police find Devon she is bleeding heavily, and when rushed to the emergency room it is confirmed that she has just given birth. Soon Devon finds her self thrown into a Juvenal criminal facility and being charged with attempted murder. As police and lawyers talk to her, tell her she must tell the truth… Devon has to admit that she doesn’t remember what happened.
Is Devon in fact dealing with such trauma that she truly can not recall what happened… or is this just a brilliant ploy to get off the hook…
I listened to this audio because I had heard raves about the book. The subject matter interested me…. a baby left in a dumpster…. a teen so distraught, she does not even realize for most of the book that the baby is hers.
I know many people loved this book, but I have to say I was not one of them. As well written as this book was, it didn’t hold true for me. I could not believe that a girl like Devin, described as a straight “A” student, obviously intelligent, and strong-minded – had no idea she was pregnant. I know that the power of the mind can be strong, but the physical changes to her body…
And if that is worth arguing about by those who loved the book, and feel that it is possible to put yourself into such a state of denial…. then I will add this…
The fact that Devin refers to the baby throughout the whole book as “it”….. drove me nuts!
Maybe it was the audio version but Devin just was not engaged in what she had done, even as she began to remember she still did not seem to connect that the baby was a human life…. I don’t know… I am still a little frustrated about it.
I enjoyed the part with Devin in the correctional institute. I liked the correspondence between the girls, this is where the book excels. Amy Efaw really captures the things that the girls are dealing with and how they defend themselves from society. Its sad, really.
I think that in the end, no matter what Devin’s circumstances (I wont even go into my thoughts about the mother) were a major concern and the audio made me angry more than anything. The ending is all a little too neat…. and as the final words were said… I was left with a feeling of “huh?”
If you would like to give this audio a try – leave a comment here letting me know… I will have a drawing later this week … and offer it up to someone.
The 2011 Where Are You Reading Map has been updated to include After
I purchased this audio from Amazon