I wasn't sure what to expect from the story. The synopsis was short, but perked my interest. As I read, I wasn't sure where the story was going. Chuy was disappearing and I had no idea what would happen to him either. I was curious to know. There was a sense of urgency because of Chuy's disappearing. Would he be able to stop his mom from convincing his cousin to find his killer and get revenge? Would he be able to see all his friends and say goodbye even though they can't see or hear him? Was this love he was feeling for fellow ghost Crystal?
It was a curious but interesting story. Chuy recalls his life fondly and there are cute tales of his childhood antics. In death, he has a new appreciation for life, going so far as to try to save a homeless man from dying. He crosses paths with his killer a couple times, but discovers he's not consumed with revenge. His family and friends are more important and he wants to see them before he vanishes.
There is a small love element. Chuy meets Crystal shortly after she dies and is smitten. He helps her figure out being a ghost, giving her tips and advice. Their romance blossoms slowly. Both have living family and friends they want to say last goodbyes to and that causes Chuy to leave Crystal from time to time. The time away makes him more fond of her though. I was happy to see him keep his word to see her again.
The Afterlife isn't very long, about 160 pages. It was an enjoyable read. There are light moments, but the concept of what happens once Chuy vanishes hangs over the story. It keeps the pages turning, but I was a little bummed the ending. I was happy for Chuy, but questions remained and left me wondering, "What next?" (And if you know me, that tends to lead to story ideas.)