After Ever After is actually the second book in a story about a middle school boy, Jeff, and his friend Tad who are cancer survivors. The title of the first book is Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie. Both boys were diagnosed with cancer at a very young age, and as they start their 8th grade year both are in remission. They meet a new friend, Lindsey, who encourages them to help each other overcome the aftereffects of their cancer treatments. Jeff craves advice from his older brother Stephen - advice about school, girls, and all of the decisions that go along with being an 8th grader. But Stephen is studying in Africa so Jeff is forced to face some of the most difficult times of his life without him. After Ever After is a good read for those liking realistic fiction. It is nominated for the young adult Golden Sower award in 2013-2014 and is bound to garner some votes.