Afterworlds

Afterworlds

Book - 2014
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In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy's novel, slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2014
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781481422345
Branch Call Number: YA WES
Characteristics: 599 p. ;,24 cm

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annaisko
Aug 04, 2016

Darcy's book is getting published, so she moves to New York to edit her story where she meets Imogen, another YA author.
Lizzie has a near death encounter that lets her see ghosts and move between life and the afterworld. She meets a boy in the underworld, but it doesn't turn into a cheap teen romance. Darcy tries to learn how to use the underworld without him, sometimes making mistakes and needing his help, other times she helps him.
On their own, the stories are good, but seeing where Darcy's inspiration for words and chapters comes from adds a whole new level.

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Willowmhamilton
Aug 03, 2016

I connected with the Darcy story much more than the intertwining novel of Lizzie. Definitely an inspirational book if people are interested in writing a novel. Good read!

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claralex800
Sep 04, 2015

So, I've read this book twice. First when it first came out and then again this week. It definitely got me thinking about my own novel, which may or may not need a new ending. It's two books in one, which is great. The first time around I liked Lizzie's story best but now I have a healthy appreciation for both of them.

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BWilsoned
Aug 09, 2015

I kept renewing this book so I could savor it. Really. There are two stories in one here, and I don't know if my MS brain was acting up, but I needed to take it slowly. Darcy and Lizzie's stories are both interesting, but Lizzie's more captivating to me. I'll have to take a few days to review:)

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wishfxly
Aug 06, 2015

inspired me to get back at editing my own novel

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tocch101
Jul 23, 2015

A riveting read that weaves two stories together perfectly.

mvkramer Mar 25, 2015

I stayed up too late finishing this, and I even had an opening shift the next morning, so you can tell how much I liked it! Like many other reviewers, I preferred the "real" story; the Lizzie story was sketchier, less "real" feeling. If I had read the Lizzie story on its own, I wouldn't have liked it - it seems a bit derivative and stiff, and Yama has the personality of a wet paper sack. The Darcy story could stand on its own, and is much fuller and richer. A very different book, and a step out of the ordinary for Westerfeld.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jan 24, 2015

I liked the alternating stories of author and author's creation. I have to say, though, I found the "real-world" teen author story more interesting than the spirit-guide teen love story. A fun and quick read.

0Charlie Jan 17, 2015

This was a fun read - basically you get to read two books at the same time - one thread about a soon-to-be published teen author, and the other thread, the book she is writing! The majority of the "action" takes place in the first chapter and the remainder of the work is the characters response to this. Although the main characters are a little simplistic, you can accept this as they are mostly teenagers. It is interesting to watch the protagonist deal with becoming an adult, negotiating the publishing world, and trying to write a YA book. Complex but easy to read. Recommended for Teens and young writers.

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orange_owl_173
Dec 29, 2014

Afterworlds was a adventure in both worlds. Alternating between the exciting life of the author of Afterwords. A book to be published. And the thrilling life of Lizzie a survivor of a terrorist attack who discovers the ability to walk between the land of the living and the dead. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure.

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Sexual Content: Homosexual kissing.

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