Hereafter is a love story. It is your typical boy meets girl and then boy and girl fall head over heels in love with each other kind of story, only difference is, the girl is dead. The book tells us about Amelia, a wandering spirit who cannot remember who she is or the circumstances under which she died, except for the knowledge that she inexplicably drowned in a river. She wanders aimlessly within the realm of the living without being able to touch or affect anything, or anyone, around her. Her life, or rather, the lack thereof, takes a complete turn when she encounters a boy drowning in the same river where she drowned. As the boy himself drowns, and momentarily joins her in the afterlife where Amelia wanders, they have an instant connection that forces the boy, Joshua, to come back to life and is from that moment on able to see, hear, and even touch, Amelia.
This is an okay story, with endearing moments and sometimes even surprising twists. You feel for the main characters, because all the while you are reading you are either thinking a miracle or a tragedy has to happen for them to be able to make it work, and in the YA fiction world, that's saying something. This is the type of story that is enjoyable to read, but won't keep you up late trying to read "just one more page.
"Hereafter" is currently slated for a trilogy. There are some unresolved plot points I would love to see addressed in the next book, such as what happened to Amelia's father, or to Eli, etc, so I am looking forward to the next installment. If you are looking for a scary ghost tale, this is not the book fo you, but if you are looking for a sweet love story that transcends even death, this book is right up your alley.