This is a very, very, very fast book. It's a very "light" book, even with the topic. One could imagine the pages to be more heavy because of what Anna did yet it's not IMO.
I think this would be a great book to hand to someone who likes to read but isn't "hooked" although that person would need to be the kind of person okay with reading about this sort of thing. Even though Anna herself isn't met in the book and even though the suicide isn't front and center it's always there, in the back, hanging around, right in the readers mind. That's not for everyone.
I think I would have liked it better had there been more to it. With something like this, as serious as suicide, I like to have more meat to the book. Something to drag me in, keep me in without letting go, and keep me there until the end. This was kind of just flitting by and setting down for a second and it just didn't go beyond 'like' for me.
I will definitely look at the authors other books because I can see that I like her writing. I think I'd like to read an "adult" novel by her.
This is a great collection of stories put together as one to give an overview of what happens to different people and how they are affected by the death of someone they knew. Good way for YA to see themselves and give them a perspective of the importance or lack there of of acquaintances. Anna was known casually by many, well by a few and not at all by others. And yet her death had an impact on them different that their relationships while she was living. Would recommend to all middle and high schoolers.
Kat (katlynava) - reviewed After the Death of Anna Gonzales on
Wow, I just flipped through this book and the people who write their opinion of her are quite horrid people. One kid was talking about how he lied that he knew her so he didn't have to go to sports practice, and another girl said she was going to hell. These kids are assholes. It's an interesting idea for a book, but it would have been more meaningful if people actually seemed to care about her.