Before That Morning, these were the words most often used to describe straight-A student and star soccer player Devon Davenport: responsible, hardworking, mature. But all that changes when the police find Devon home sick from school as they investigate the case of an abandoned baby. Soon the connection is made - Devon has just given birth; the baby in the trash is hers. After That Morning, there's only one way to define Devon: attempted murderer.
And yet gifted author Amy Efaw does the impossible - she turns Devon into an empathetic character, a girl who was in such deep denial that she refused to believe she was pregnant. Through airtight writing and fast-paced, gripping storytelling, Ms. Efaw takes the reader on Devon's unforgettable journey toward clarity, acceptance, and redemption.
- Publisher: Viking Juvenile
- Release date: Aug. 11, 2009
- Page count: 350
- Unique elements: Look into the juvenile delinquent system (based on research thorough)
- Would appeal to: Soccer enthusiasts, readers looking for serious topic, perfectionists
"The water ebbs and flows softly against the shore like a whisper, its frothy white foam a delicate lace."
"It's one of those uncomfortable moments when two people are walking together, but not touching...The tension is there, the fluttering is there, the wanting to initiate something is there, but the fear of making the wrong move holds them back and to themselves."
"Devon drops her head back then, looks up at the ceiling, at the pattern its cracks make. Crisscrossed, like lines in a palm. The lines that hold a person's destiny."
"Dom stands, moves toward Devon, sits on the floor beside her. All very slow and cautious, like approaching a bird with a broken wing."
This is one of those books I picked up, read the first chapter, then put it down again. I may not have been in the mood to delve into such a serious topic my first attempt. The point of view was a little off putting at first: 3rd person present tense. I've never read anything written that way. Some of the writing style is a little more choppy than I'm used to, but it makes for faster reading and more in-the-moment action.