After by Francine Prose
After is a chilling, terrifying, and powerful story of what happens to normality after tragedy strikes- when the tragedy isn’t your own. Tom is a sophomore at Central High, one of the “smart jocks” a normal guy at a normal school. And during math class, that normalcy shatters. A school the next town over is shot up by angry students, and in the wake of this tragedy, school at Central begins to change. Metal detectors, no gum, and no red. At first the students make their compromises, but when those that do not comply begin to vanish, Tom realizes that nothing good can come of sacrificing freedom for safety. Beautifully written, After is the kind of book that leaves you thinking hours after the last page is turned.
Written by Naysomay, class of 2011