Title: Life After Theft [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: April 30, 2013
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One Line: A light and fun read about remorse, secrets, love, and friendship.
About the Book: 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.
I’ll tell you, honestly wasn’t expecting to like Life After Theft as much as I did. Aprilynne created some fun and entertaining characters, a charming plot, and she had some witty dialogue that kept me flipping the pages. Everything flowed very nicely and I was never bored, in fact it was just the opposite and I couldn’t get enough of this book.
Kimberlee is simply put – the “poor little rich kid”. She isn’t satisfied with her life and becomes a kleptomaniac and steals a shitload of stuff until she dies. I didn’t really like her very much, but in the way that I wasn’t supposed to like her, which I can credit to Aprilynne’s ability to write a great character. She’s spoiled, superficial, selfish, and catty. And, seriously?! This girl can steal things like nobody’s business. Even though she comes off as a typical “mean girl” you’re kind of rooting for her to figure out the error of her ways, become a better person, and hopefully, pass on. I have to admit, as I learned more about Kim and the terrible things she did, way worse than stealing, I seriously did not like her, but I empathized with her. Her character didn’t develop as much as I would’ve liked, but given the timeframe and just her overall personality, in the end, I think things fit together appropriately.
Oh, how I loved Jeff. He is such a fun character and so awkward, it’s downright hilarious. He could be so level-headed and smart one minute, yet a hormone-crazed, nerdy guy the next. I loved that the story was told him his POV. My favorite scenes would have to be with him and Kim because they’re really like total opposites of the social hierarchy and you know they wouldn’t even be talking if it weren’t for the fact that he’s the only one that can see/talk to her. It was very exciting watching him try to return all the stuff, wondering when and if he’d get caught and if he’d ever be able to return all of crap that Kim stole.
Life After Theft is an awesome story filled with memorable characters and an original plot. Apirlynne’s writing is impeccable and I will definitely have to check out her other books. If you’re looking for something fun and light to read, you will want to give this one a try. I easily finished this book in a couple sittings, and that’s only because I had to put it down to get some work done, otherwise it would’ve been glued to my heads until the end.