Life After Theft

Title: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Pages: 336
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Book Divas
Rating: 3/5

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.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Confession: I did not like Aprilynne Pike’s Wings. The dialogue was painful and the rest of it was just kind of eh. Still, I decided to give Life After Theft a chance anyway.
While Life After Theft wasn’t super impressive or anything, it was still fun. It was simple and quick and predictable, but it made for an easy summer read. Even the deeper moments weren’t too complicated, so it was all around a nice, light read. Some of the characters were kind of cliche, but I felt that worked for the story being told.
Some things did kind of bother me though, mainly the way Kimberlee first describes Sera to Jeff. Kimberlee tells Jeff that Sera is basically a big slut, but her problems are much deeper than that and not at all related to the fact that she sleeps around. Even if she did, it’s very immature to write someone off for being a slut, and it made me happy that this didn’t deter Jeff at all from pursuing the relationship. I just thought it was weird that Kimberlee focused on Sera’s being a slut at first, even though her problems were related to drug addictions. I think it might be because a lot of people, especially young people, seem to think being a slut is the worst thing a girl can possibly be, so they attribute other problems to someone’s supposed slutiness.
I also wasn’t completely sold on Jeff’s voice. While I’m certainly not saying there’s only one kind of male voice, Jeff came off sounding like every snarky, blah dah dah dah blah female narrator in the paranormal genre. It’s also interesting to me that though the book is narrated by a male character, the book cover is still very girly. If that was done deliberately, I think the cover designer may have been on to something because I don’t know that Life After Theft would appeal to male readers of YA. Even though Jeff is narrating, it’s still really about the women in his life.
Despite those issues, I still think that if you want a light ghost story, Life After Theft is definitely the book to check out. It’s simple and sweet, the perfect combination for a summer read.

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