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Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson


Hereafterby Tara Hudson416 pages, HarperTeen, (2011-06-07)$10.58 (


Received an eARC from HarperTeen via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 4

Setting: 4

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 4

Overall: 27/30 = 90% A

Title/Cover Bonus: 5


An interesting, at times dark, look at life beyond death and the possibilities that be for a couple of teenagers.

Summary (Goodreads)

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.

First Line

It was the same as always, but different from the first time.

Most Memorable Scene

Amelia saving Joshua. Loved it.


I enjoyed that this had an underlying mystery element throughout. What really happened to Amelia? Who was Amelia? Why can Joshua see her? The dark elements made it even more interesting with a lingering question of will all be well in the end?


Nothing to awesome about this one. A small town with a spooky bridge. I loved the description of Joshua’s house. Sounded like somewhere I’d love to live.


Written in first person point of view by Amelia. I’m a fan of alternating POVs and thought this would have been a good book to use that format on. I’m always interested in what’s going on in the mind of the male characters, especially when there’s romance involved.


I’ve only read a handful of books with the main character being a ghost. I find myself enjoying books with ghosts but I always end up thinking at some point of how unrealistic it is to have a relationship with a ghost, especially a romantic one. However, I always end up telling myself to shut up and just enjoy what it is: a great story about falling in love and an escape from reality.


I really enjoyed finding out who Amelia was. I think Joshua’s character was a great supporting role and I loved how he stepped up to help Amelia. Eli was wicked freaky and annoying but I also enjoyed learning more about him and how he came to be. Joshua’s grandmother was a hoot. Even though she was kinda mean to Amelia I really enjoyed having her character there.


As I mentioned above I do find it a bit weird to be reading about ghostly love. They’re dead! Anyway, the romance is super sweet and I enjoyed them as a couple.

Title/Cover Bonus

Beautiful cover. The title is fine.


I remember not loving this ending but I can’t remember why! I’m looking forward to reading more about Amelia and Joshua.


Arise (Hereafter, #2) will publish in 2012.


Wife, mother of a nearly 7 year old daughter named Madison and new baby boy Riley. Avid reader on my Amazon Kindle. World of Warcraft and CS:S gamer.

3 thoughts on “Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

  1. The cover is beautiful. The library here has an awesome young adult section and this cover looks familiar…I hope they have this one.

  2. Nice review, Jess. I’ve been dying (no pun intended, but I couldn’t get resist leaving it there) to read this one for a while. I won a Dark Days contest and I’m waiting for this one, “Starcrossed”, “Die for Me”, “Divergent” and a couple more HarperTeen gems. Anyway, I’m shutting up now. About me, at least. =)

    I do love the cover too, although it bears an extremely strong resemblance to the aforementioned “Starcrossed”. It’s almost as if the girl in the STC cover could’ve died and her colorless spirit could be represented on the HEREAFTER cover.

    I’m excited for this novel because, unlike you, I haven’t done the ghost-human relationship yet and I’m fascinated to see how it’s dealt with. Does he ask questions about who she was? What are his concerns for the future coupling with someone who no longer has one? So many more questions.

    Thanks for the high-rating though, your word keeps it on my To Be Read shelf.

    1. HarperTeen has some awesome recent releases! Divergent was a great read.

      I’d also recommend The Ghost and the Goth if you end up enjoying the ghost/human relationship. The Ghost and the Goth is a bit more fun where as Hereafter was dark and intense.

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