Emma After by Anthony O’Connor, introduces the reader to Emma, who wakes from a horrible accident to find that she will now spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.
Apart from the fact that her legs no longer work, she has to deal with the increased arguments her parents have.
They have always had these verbal fights, but now there is an extra layer of guilt on her fathers part due to his involvement in the accident, so now the fights seem to happen constantly.
In a bid to escape the negative atmosphere, Emma heads outside with her headset to block out a fight, and after another tragic accident she finds herself in the afterlife. There are new people to meet and some lessons to learn.
Her first interaction in the afterlife happens to be with the frightening Hollows. She manages to escape them and thankfully enters Fountaindale Manor, which she discovers is a safe haven for spirits like herself.
All seems to be going well until living humans move into the manor with grand plans to renovate which does not please the spirits at all. They are all given jobs to do in an effort to scare The Breathers (as they are known) away from the manor. But, things don’t go quite as planned when Emma finds herself falling for Andrew, the Breather that she is supposed to be haunting.
This is a lovely story that I can see young teens enjoying. It is not a horror, so it is suitable for those that are sensitive. I loved how Emma got to experience things in the afterlife that she had missed out on while living. Emma is easily likeable as she is far from perfect and makes mistakes like us all.
A great book for young adult readers and one parents should grab for the next school holidays.
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