Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Author: Aprilynne Pike
Title: Life After Theft
Publication: April 30th 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Around the World Arc Tours

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.
Thoughts: Life After Theft makes for a cute read about life, love and friendship. I really liked Pike's Wings series, so I figured why not try this one. The cover appeals to my photographic love of reflections which brought my attention to this book other than being a fan of the authors' previous work. The idea of this book finally sealed the deal. How does a kleptomaniac-ghost find redemption? She gets an unsuspecting boy to do all the work.

Jeff is the new kid at school and his hopes of making a good first impression diminish when he finds himself talking to a girl that seemingly no one else can see. Kimberlee feels like Jeff is her last hope to complete her unfinished business before she's able to move on to the next phase, whatever that may be. Jeff doesn't have much information on that prospect of the afterlife because he doesn't believe in it, he is agnostic. He does hope to get rid of Kimberlee as soon as possible, so that he can pursue hot cheerleader Sera without the constant nagging from his ghostly friend. As Jeff begins this task, he learns that Kimberlee is not exactly as nice or truthful as she claims to be and trouble follows not close behind. 

The writing is good and the story moves along well. I liked the concept of this book and the ending is left open for interpretation. Though, Jeff is faced with a ghost something that proves the possibility of an after his beliefs don't really change but the people around him do seem to grow. The characters are the best part of this book because they are funny, witty and they are emotionally complex. The interactions between Kimberlee and Jeff made for most of the comedy, that girl worked that poor boy's nerves. Overall, a good read. 


  1. Sounds like a cute book. I may have to look into it. Thanks.

  2. I'm a huge Aprilynne Pike fan! I can't wait to see what else she can do! This sound pretty good. It has a unique concept. I haven't seen much about it though. Hopefully I can read soon. Great review!


  3. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I know I should read her Wings series! Great review!


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