Author: Aprilyyne Pike
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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
I wanted to read Life After Theft as soon as I read the blurb. I love stories with ghosts, but the ones I read lately have been hit or miss. So I was getting a little deterred the closer I got to reading this, and honestly braced myself for a DNF. Luckily it didn’t come to that. This isn’t a creepy, scary ghost story. Life After Theft was a fun book that I actually enjoyed.
Jeff just moved to California from Arizona with his family. They went from middle class to upper class, and now Jeff attends a posh private school. He hates it, though. Well, the preppy private school part he does. His first day of school is off to a rough start, since he’s either going crazy or an annoying ghost girl is following him. Turns out it’s the latter. Kimberlee died a year and a half ago and is stuck wandering Santa Monica. No one has been able to see or hear her until Jeff, and now she won’t leave him alone.
I’ve always said that I want my own ghost buddy. Think how seriously cool that would be, all the fun shenanigans you could get into. Knowing my luck I’d get a ghost like Kim. Yes, it’s funny when Jeff has to put up with her, but I sure wouldn’t want to. Kimberlee was not very nice when she was alive. In fact, she was a total beyotch, tormenting people and stealing anything she wanted. Kimberlee the Kleptomaniac had serious issues, but I got a big kick out of her tormenting Jeff. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Jeff a lot. The two of them together was quite funny, especially when she’d trick him into looking like a weirdo. He held his own with her, though, and that’s what made the dynamic between them work so well. Although Kim was a complete jerk, I liked how she gradually let Jeff see her vulnerable side. I really did love the complexity of their relationship.
Jeff is a cool, laid back guy with a good heart, but he just wants Klepto Kimberlee gone from his life, especially since she hates Sera, the girl he likes. So Jeff agrees to help Kim “move on,” but it’s no easy task. The girl wronged a lot of people, including Sera. Kim did something pretty awful to Sera and her brother, and I enjoyed discovering the mysteries of what happened throughout the book. While it was funny a lot of the time, it was also sad when getting a deeper insight to Kim and the people she harmed.
I also liked the other relationships Jeff developed with Sera and her brother Khail. The romantic relationship between Jeff and Sera was realistic for two teenagers. I was really happy with Jeff’s explanation about the love aspect of it, and found it insightful for someone his age. And I just loved the relationship he has with his parents.
Life After Theft did have some issues and made me groan a few times, but I was willing to go along with it for the sake of the story. I mean, this is obviously meant to be a book that’s more on the fun side, and it is. The good definitely outweighs the issues by quite a bit, in my opinion.
Overall, Life After Theft, was a good book. No love-triangle. No cliffhanger. In fact, I think it had the perfect ending. Plus, it’s a stand alone. So it’s great if you want a fun, quick read.