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Review of He's After Me by Chris Higgins

by - June 05, 2012

Anna's bruised and upset by the collapse of her parents' marriage. So much of the fallout - including responsibility for her wayward younger sister - seems to be heading in her direction. All she wants is to get the exam results she needs to get herself to university - and away from this mess. She certainly wants nothing to do with boys - until Jem appears. Gradually he wins her trust, and becomes everything Anna needs him to be.

But Anna's about to discover that love stories don't always have happy endings...

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He's After Me is a dark story showing the bad effects of relationships. Anna's Dad and split up with her mother and is living with someone much younger, only a few years older than Anna. Anna's Sister is getting in with a bad crowd and seeing someone who doesn't deserve her. And Anna has met Jem, a sweet guy with increasing possessive qualities... 

I must admit, I was so busy trying to work out who was the person in italics that I wasn't expecting the ending and it really shocked me. The last chapter was easily the strongest and left me thinking about it for hours afterward. I'm still thinking about it! 

Anna is a pretty naive character. When Jem starts being possessive, instead of backing away and telling him he needed to calm down and that she needed to spend time with her friends, she just went along with it. Parts of it I was like, 'Okay, she's just being a teenager and enjoying herself, nothing wrong with that!' but Jem's increasing possessiveness worried me and I wasn't sure if it was actually him in italic, which added to the worry.

I'm kinda worried about what will happen to Anna in the future. I'm pretty sure this is a stand alone novel but I would love a sequel to find out if she did get to where she wanted to go and I think a sequel would work as there are a lot of issues in the book that could be explored further.

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  1. I hadn't heard of this before now, but I love the sound of it! Glad it was so good!


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