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April 23, 2013

Review: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike 
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Publication date: April 30th, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal/Ghosts)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 352
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.
The day I wanted to start this book, I have to admit that I was very hesitant. After hearing that it was a male POV, I started having doubts. Male POV's are very tricky with me, because sometimes they work, and sometimes they just don't. Fortunately, that worry brushed off after just reading the first ten pages. I was immediately in love with this book! Aprilynne Pike gave us humor, sarcasm, love, mystery, and sad in one go! The main protagonist, Jeff, just moved to California. In his new rich, preppy high school, he sees a girl lying on the floor in the middle of the hallway. The shock was that people WALKED OVER her! That's when we meet the awesome Kimberlee, AKA the ghost. Kimberlee is extremely excited that someone can actually see her, and starts following him everywhere. It was funny how Jeff didn't believe it at first, and thought the whole school was playing a joke on him. 
Speaking of Jeff, I think he was a perfect protagonist for this book. He had the right amount of sarcasm and seriousness in him, and I loved him to bits! Jeff also starts crushing on hot girl Sera, and tries to charm her in countless ways. That aside, Kimberlee thinks she's stuck in Earth because she's stolen some things in her life, and that the only way she can be in peace is if she returned every thing she stole to their rightful owner. When Jeff hears that, he agrees to do anything to get rid of her. Here's the catch, Kimberlee didn't just steal some "stuff", but a FULL cave worth of stuff. 
I think the most thing I enjoyed in this book were the characters. There were so many characters, and I was able to connect with all of them. They all felt real, and it was great seeing each and every one of them grow. There was never a boring page, and I just loved every second reading it. I'm definitely glad that I was able to get a copy of this one. I was also SO sad to see it end, but I'm hoping to read another great book by Aprilynne Pike! If you're in the mood for a funny, chill book with a twist and mystery to it, Life After Theft is the book for you!


  1. I agree with you about male POVs. I'm pretty skeptical about reading books that have them. Jeff sounds amazing and I'm so glad that Life After Theft is funny :) Great review!

  2. This is sooo good. Jeff was such a great protagonist, the things he did for Kimberlee was wonderful. Glad you enjoyed it. Awesome review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. Really? This gives me hope. And I didn't expect a male POV with that cover, but I'm intrigued. But I agree, the male POV is tricky, especially when it's a female author tackling it. Glad this one didn't disappoint!

  4. This sounds like a great read and the ghost aspect has me really intrigued. I agree with male POV's being iffy, but Jeff sounds like an awesome character! Awesome review Farah :)

    Janina @ Synchonized Reading

  5. It really surprised me that the main character was a ghost, from looking at the cover it gave me a completely different vibe of what this book would be about. I love a book with great and connecting characters so I hope when I get a chance to read this one I enjoy it just as much.

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  6. Dying to read this! I love books with stuck ghosts/spirits! And yeah, guy POVs can be tricky-- I'm especially hesitant with ones written by female authors. But I really can't wait to read this!

  7. Sarcastic, male POV - awesome! I'm sometimes definitely in the mood for something funny and easy. I actually didn't planned to read this book because of the cover (I thought it was a chick lit and that is not my thing) but it sounds pretty good!


  8. Yayy! I was quite surprised to see that this one is a male POV as well, but I'm so happy to hear that it works! The plot and storyline seems light and fun. I love it when characters are a strong point in the novel! So glad that you loved this on; awesome review, Farah! :)

  9. I agree I'm not so much for the male POV, but I'm willing. Hehe, this sounds awesome. What a great introduction to your new school! Great Review, glad you enjoyed it.

  10. I really love Pike's writing so I can't wait to read this book. I would really suggest reading her Wings series if you haven't yet because it is amazing. Plus Pike lives in the state I do so I see her all the time and she is really such a nice woman who is always willing to talk about her books.

    Thanks for the great review, I can't wait to read this one so I'm glad you loved it!

  11. Glad you liked it! I know a blogger who didn't really like the romance, but I will still read Life After Theft. The male p.o.v. is a plus since I always ending reading a book with a female that is narrating the story. Since it's going to be summer in where I live, I'm totally up for a book about ghost that has humor.

    Little Book Star

  12. Male point of views aren't always for me either, but sometimes, it's exactly what I want. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I've been unsure about it, mostly because I haven't loved Aprilynne Pike's books in the past, but it sounds really good, so I'm sure I'll pick it up eventually. Lovely review!

  13. I'm so glad I read your review, it makes me want to rush out and pick this up. I was not expecting male pov but I usually really enjoy them. And I'm happy to hear that it has humor too. Great review!

  14. I really enjoyed this too, Farah. It was a joy to be in Jeff's head as he was so funny and sweet. Like you, I enjoyed his humor. Kimberlee, however was a different story. She was one selfish girl almost 'til the very end. Lovely review! :)