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What readers are saying about: My Life Hereafter




What readers are saying:

This is a Young Adult / Middle-grade fiction novel that imagines a possible scenario of just what is waiting for us in the afterlife. When young teenager Sunel finds herself and sixty of her former classmates have died, she is initially in a state of shock. To make matters worse, she is the reason the bus crashed. This means she is the reason everyone is dead. As the shock wears off she finds herself in a world that is very similar and yet very different from the one she left behind. My favorite scene is when the teens are led into the Hall of Judgment and are told they will be called in one at at a time. Upon entering the testing room Sunel sees three doors.  "The first door says Recycle. Next to Recycle, there is Rehabilitation. And next to Rehabilitation, there is Rapture." I thought this was very clever. This book touches on many interesting and important topics. It is not often that you find a YA book that openly discusses the afterlife. It seems to be a topic that Young Adult authors do not embrace for some reason, and the few authors who do write about the topic choose ghost story-type tales.  Kudos to Author Lynette Ferreira for tackling such a controversial topic. This book also has elements of other issues important to today's youth such as bullying and peer pressure as well as taking responsibility for one's actions. With the variety of characters, readers should be able to find at least one that they identify with. I think that young teens and middle grade readers will enjoy this book and hopefully it will open up dialogue about the issues detailed in it's pages. 4 star review at  Amie's Book Review Blog

It was just one prank, on top of the many others she had already played in the past. One prank that she hadn't thought through, and caused the ends of many lives. Sunel was on a field trip with many of her classmates when she had the great idea to prank the bus driver. It was supposed to be harmless. Instead, it sent her and the rest of the kids on the bus to a place they hadn't known existed before. MistySpirit - 4 star review at Litpick

She only wanted to play a small prank. She never imagined what the consequences of her actions would be. Sunel is an average teenager that desperately seeks the attention of others. When a seemingly harmless prank goes awry, a school bus driving Sunel and her classmates dives off a cliff. Sunel wakes to a confusing afterlife where she and her classmates must learn not only to forgive each other, but to forgive themselves. jesusfreak - 4-star review at Litpick

This is an original, highly readable examination of life and death, with excellent pacing, and twists which keep the story vital until the very end. The story's protagonist, Sunel, pulls a prank one day on the school bus which plunges herself, and her classmates, into the hereafter, and, subsequently, a journey of self-discovery and realisation. It is a story which makes the reader consider life and its inherent frailty, and is written with great style and thought by the author. Marcia Carrington rated it at Goodreads


There were some very nice descriptions in this book that evoke a mood and various settings. Here is an example I thought was particularly visual. “Giant tears are running down her cheeks and her eyes are puffy and red. The rest of her face has gone pallid white, so now her eyes looks as if they are bleeding.” This book has some serious themes and ideas following on an opening tragedy. Despite that, the tone is somewhat cool and quiet. I owe that to the authors descriptions of the setting and environment the young people first find themselves in. The characters are varied and I think that teens will find someone to identify with. The ending is one that I believe will surprise some, but others may see it coming. I’d say it will hit 50/50. I think this is a book that young adults will enjoy and find creative enough to mention to their friends. I was provided this book free of charge in order to read it and write my honest review of the novel. Lilac Reviews rated it at Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first few pages had me gripped and I finished it in record time. Sunel and her classmates are on a school outing when the bus they were travelling plummets from a bridge into a river. All the kids realise they are now in heaven. The author's description of everywhere was intriguing. I wanted to read more all the time, so it was difficult to put down. There was also a lot of thought here and the seven deadly sings were all spelt out as the kids were sent into groups. Highly recommended if you want an entertaining read that will leave you thinking. Karen Mossman rated it at Goodreads

This book captured my imagination from the very first sentence. The characters are all together, but they don't know where. The main character Sunel, reveals the story from her perspective. She as the story moves ahead, is quite frankly not a very likeable character. I won't give away any clues, but once it is revealed what she did and why everyone is where they are - it is difficult as a reader to forgive her. However, as Sunel continues on her journey other sides of her personality are revealed and through the love of her friends and inner strength she is able to find redemption. This book also touches on some aspects of bullying, consequences for actions on both sides. Highly recommended! Cathy McGough rated it at Goodreads

What the story is about:

Everything is exactly the same as before that day which she can now only vaguely remember. 

The day her school bus ran over the cliff. 

The day she and most of her fellow students ended up here. 

The twins, Mark and David, were also on the bus, but David did not come here with them. David was sent across the valley to the other side. 


Mark convinces Sunel to help him find his brother, no matter what the dangers might be.