Monday, September 16, 2013

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike Review

"Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. 

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice."

Life After Theft reminds me of The Ghost and the Goth. Without the romance between the ghost and the goth. And without the goth, himself. 

Life After Theft is an okay book. I don't hate; I don't like it. It's not the worse, but it could have been much better. Life After Theft is humorous; although has too much of a panicky feeling. The characters, well some of them, spends much of the time worrying rather than doing. Life After Theft isn't a book you meet before, under a different name or place. It's unique, but the uniqueness could have improved some more. Other books by Aprilynne Pike are far better than Life After Theft.

The beginning starts off with Jeff noticing the invisible dead girl, Kimberlee. Nice start, jumping to the story right away. I like that. (I hate intermission.) 

The plot is slow, for me. I was mostly bored for most of the book. Jeff goes to rob someone. Yawn. Jeff goes to find his girlfriend. Yawn. Kimberlee said something horrible. Yawn. Sera's brother is gay. Yawn. Sera does drugs. Yawn. Nothing I've never seen before. The thing is, after reading so many books, you get used to books. It's hard trying to find something that's new and stays new. Many books fall off the wagon by copying the trends of another book. Most of the time, when I read the book, I go "Seen it before. Seen it before. Oh, a case of deja vu! Oh, wait that in ______ by______" Yeah, it's unfortunately like that. Now let's move on. 

The ending is actually pretty startling. "And I never saw her again." Or something like that. I'm not the superstar on quotes. Kimberlee moved on (yes, this is a spoiler.), leaving behind blue flip flops to Jeff (giving a Cinderella spark at the ending). The ending is a great opening for a discussion. What happened to Kimberlee? Did she really moved on or she lied? 

Rating: Two Point Five out of Five (Rounded to a Two) 

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