After by Amy Efaw
Available At: DCC (HS), Liberty
Categories: Cursing, Sexual, Violence
Description: In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die, and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.
YA Label?: No
Notes: This book contains mild profanity; violence; self-harm; and inexplicit sexual activities.
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Page 26: “Dr. Kleins’s rubbered fingers gently probe toward Devon’s private place, spread its skin apart. Devon bites her lip. ‘Oh,’ Dr. Klein says suddenly. ‘The umbilical cord. It’s still here, Cheryl.’ She takes a deep breath. ‘She’s shoved it up inside herself.’ ‘So, the placenta hasn’t been delivered,’ Cheryl states matter-of-factly.”
Page 56: “I know, for instance, that you recently had a baby, and that the baby was found in a garbage can behind your apartment.”
Page 99: “This story has a twist. Her paintbrush is a razor, and her canvas is her wrist.”
Page 146: “His muscles strong and safe, his hands gentle. His lips touching her face, her lips touching his. She lies back, pulls him over her. Their eyes, so much there. Their hearts beating, their breaths matching, only fabric between them. Her hands. Stroking his hair, his cheek, his back. Her eyes close then, her mind turns off. She lets herself fall away. Lets her body take over.”
Page 292: “IT is there. The legs moving. The hands. The mouth opened and howling. She hesitates a moment, watching. Then drops the towel over IT. She holds her breath and pulls the towel upward, scooping with both hands, IT snug inside. Looks down at the open black trash bag, bends at the waist, and places the bundle into it.”
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