Title/Author: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike
Publisher/Year: HarperTeen on April 30th, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal/Contemporary
Other Books by Author: Wings Series
How I got this Book: Received this book as an eARC from Edelweiss. This in no way swayed my opinion of this book!!
Summary From Goodreads: 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.
Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel.
I’ve got to admit, for some reason Life After Theft did not draw me in right away, but I am glad that I persevered in reading it! It ended up being a pretty good book.
The book begins with Jeff, a new student at a private school, entering the school on his very first day. He’s complaining to himself about anything and everything he can possibly find wrong with the school and the uniforms. And in the hallway he stumbles upon a girl lying on her back, just minding her own business. And the weirdest thing?! NO ONE ELSE IS EVEN PHASED BY THE FACT THAT SHE’S LAYING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR!!! Needless to say, Jeff is a little confused. He talks to this girl, Kimberlee, who turns out to be a ghost. And Jeff is the only person who can see her.
Kimberlee enlists Jeff to help her move on, and complete her “unfinished business.” Kimberlee stole a lot of stuff in her life time, and when I say a lot, I mean a CAVE FULL OF STUFF! Kim believes that if Jeff helps her return everything to their rightful owners, she will be able to move on from Earth and on into heaven. Turns out it’s not so simple. Go figure.
In the meantime, at school, Jeff has fallen for a girl named Sera. Kimberlee hates Sera and won’t tell Jeff why. Sera hates Kimberlee and won’t tell him why either. UH OH. There is some tension later on in the book regarding Sera and her past. Something I loved about this book was that it showcased how people can change. Sera’s past haunts her, but she has made drastic changes for the better. And even in her afterlife, Kimberlee changes a bit too.
Like I mentioned above, I’m glad I stuck it out and continued to read Life After Theft. I ended up quite liking it. Definitely not a favourite, but a solid 3.5-4 stars! Give this a read if you’re looking for a book about ghosts that aren’t at all scary, and if you’re in for a nice, very real love story between a boy and his highschool crush.
Think you’re going to give this book a buy/read when it comes out? Have you read anything else by Aprilynne Pike? What do you think of ghost stories that aren’t supposed to be scary at all?