Hereafter by Tara Hudson

A review by Camryn

Can there truly be love after death?

Hereafter is a book written by Tara Hudson that is about a young ghost named Amelia. Amelia drowned when she fell (or jumped, she doesn’t remember) from High Bridge, right off High Bridge Road. Amelia is having another one of her disturbing nightmares, where she re-experiences her death in a state of unconsciousness. When she wakes up, she is floating in the river, looking at a pair of glowing lights in the water. Panicking, she swims down to the lights, where she sees a boy around her age, probably eighteen years old. His eyes are closed, and he is unconscious. Dead set to make sure he survives, she screams with all of her might, hoping by some miracle he would swim to the surface of the water and survive. He does just that, and makes it to shore. As paramedics arrive, he tells her his name is Joshua.

Amelia is visited by Joshua the next day, and she tells him she is dead. Though a bit frazzled and shocked, he continues to ask questions about her past. Amelia and Joshua grow even closer together, so much to the point where Amelia finds herself falling for him. Joshua helps Amelia remember her distant past. Another ghost, Eli, is doing his best to keep them apart. Joshua’s grandmother, who also happens to see Amelia, is not fond of her, and is planning on exorcising her as soon as possible. Will Joshua and Amelia’s bond continue? Or will they be ripped apart as fast as they met?


I personally loved the book.I did struggle somewhat with how a ghost and a human boy could be together, but overall it was an excellent read and I greatly enjoyed reading it. 

I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about supernatural/paranormal.  If you enjoyed Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, you will probably enjoy Hereafter.

Camryn is 12 years old, soon to be thirteen and enjoys reading YA books of the fantasy and romance genre. A few of her favorite books are “Hourglass” by Myra McEntire, “The Other Countess” by Eve Edwards, “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick, “The Immortals” series, the “Marked” series and the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series.  When she’s not reading she enjoys watching Gilmore Girls or going to book sales for more books to add to her ever-growing collection.

22 thoughts on “Hereafter by Tara Hudson

  1. Life after death is in itself a confusing topic…… And here comes love after death. I guess I should check this one sometime

  2. Excellent review, Camryn!! I love it when young readers get a chance to express their opinions on books. This does sound like a great read and I know many readers your age who welcome this recommendation!! Bravo!

  3. Fantastic review Camryn! Your mom has told me how much you love to read, reviewing is just a natural next step for you. I hope you continue to write reviews, it’s much better reading a YA review from someone who is a YA herself! 🙂

  4. I just love the cover! And great job Camryn!! I love how you included a “if you loved XXX book, you’ll love this one.” That is a great touch.

  5. I did really like the book. I added it to my HUGE list of favorites. Its a big list…..probably thirty or so books? All I know is that I’m not very good at picking a select few….:P

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