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After - Amy Efaw Devon is a star--she gets straight A's, she babysits, she's an amazing goal-keeper for her soccer team in the fall and a club soccer team the rest of the year, and she coaches little kids' soccer practices as well. Her potential is limitless. She's also 15 when she gives birth and leaves her baby in a dumpster.

After is the story of just that--what happens, after, as she works her way through the justice system, as she remembers what she's repressed and accepts what she'd denied. And, ooh, boy, I think it was just amazingly well-done. Devon is sympathetic, the characters jump off the page, and somehow, for a book all about a dumpster baby, it doesn't feel sensationalized. Very nice.