Levy, Michelle Not After Everything, 327 pgs. Dial Books, 2015. $17.99 Content: Language: R (150+ swears; 111 “F”); Mature Content: R; Violence: R.
Tyler’s mom committed suicide this summer and now he finds it unbearable to be at school. The football coach keeps tip-toeing around him, the teachers and counselors excuse his rude behavior and his friends and girlfriend look at him with sympathetic faces. Worst of all, Tyler’s dad is blaming Tyler for his mom’s death and hasn’t stopped tormenting him and he is making Tyler pay for his own food and groceries. When Tyler finds a job at a photography studio he meets Jordyn and her family and he starts to deal with all of his pent up feelings.
This story is heartbreaking and Tyler’s character is likable. It has a good message about how people can help each other survive hard things in life. I couldn’t put the book down. That said, the mature content was on-page sex and a lot of crude sexual references. There is physical, emotional and verbal abuse that is severe. Also the amount of swears is over the top. I guess the public library would have to consider their audience, but there is no way you could put this in a school library. PUBLIC Reviewer, C. Peterson.