Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, September 3, 2013
Originally Read: I read The Memory of After when it was called Level 2. The paperback version of the book received a makeover with a brand new title and cover.
New Cover or Old? I really like the new cover and new title, but I really liked the old cover. The Memory of After is a more intriguing title than Level 2, so I approve that change.
What I Thought Then: From my thoughts on Level 2 “Felicia Ward has the makings of a classic heroine, her young life is a balance of happy memories that are later tempered by difficult moments with her family (her relationship with her mother in particular) and the painful consequences of mistakes she has made with them and in her friendships. Her strength is in the light and the dark that shapes her and makes her a character whose growth and choices you want to see. ”
Now, On Further Reflection: The more I think back about this book , the more I like how Felicia is a balanced mix as a character. She has had a difficult life but she also treasure the good that could be found. She also has a variety of emotions and feelings about her experiences – angry, questioning, strong, vulnerable – never just one thing. Also, while The Memory of After is the first in a series of books, there is a closure here, if you choose not continue with the series. But you should! I got a sneak peek and it’s good.
Book Club Pick? I think it would be pretty hard not to find something to talk about – the afterlife and what it’s like, how Felicia feels about her death, her relationship with her parents, the boy she is intrigued with, the boy she loves. Go ahead, take your pick.