Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
The Story: (from 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.
My Review: Amelia has been wondering through afterlife for a long time. She's not even sure how long it's been but she knows that a lot of time has passed. She's been completely alone until a local boy, Joshua, is drowning in the river where she resides. She can't physically do anything to save him but she wants to more than anything. Miraculously, he does survive and this becomes just the beginning of something even more incredible for Amelia.
He can see her. He can talk to her. He can even touch her. In the years since her death, no one has ever seen Amelia and she's certainly never been talked to. Joshua quickly friends Amelia and takes her news of being a ghost quite well. It's when they decide to investigate how Amelia died that things begin to get messy.
To say they have obstacles would be putting it lightly. They have trouble coming from all sides and it's not long before Amelia has to make a choice that could change everything.
I loved this book and found it extremely easy to read. I loved getting to know Amelia and learning what happened to her. I loved Joshua and his ability to see Amelia. He's such a good and honest character, it's just impossible not to adore him. Amelia really needed a friend like him and Hudson did a fantastic job of making their relationship believable but still tormented. Hereafter is well written and thoroughly thought out. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and am super excited for the sequel that will be coming out next year!