After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr

book cover of   After the Moment   by  Garret Freymann-Weyr
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Number of pages: 328
This was such a…deep book. Right from the start I was already deeply connected to the characters and as the book progressed I felt as if they were one my friends; I was sad when they were sad, angry when they were angry, happy at the few rare times they were happy.
This is not a typical happy go-lucky YA book, it is full of deep messages and hidden meanings that are hidden behind feelings that are not shown and cryptic messages that are given as advice. After the Moment also deals with a lot of issues that are explored in YA, but not too often in one novel. It’s full of heartbreak, love, issues of rape, alcohol, divorce, and with a boy trying to find out who he is and who he wants to become based on an entire slew of events brought about by not only his family, but the love of his life.
After the Moment starts out with Leigh hearing about a death and he has to go comfort his step sister Millie. Millie is the one thing in Leigh’s life, so far, that makes him happier than any thing else (next to soccer). Leigh goes to comfort Millie after this death and while he is staying with her at his father’s house (Leigh’s parents are divorced) he meets a girl named Maia, whom Millie is friends with from school. Maia is in the same grade and is the same age as Leigh, but is friends with Millie (who is a few years younger than both of them) because Millie only has friends she respects or appreciates. She says these people are often older students.
After meeting Maia, Leigh starts a new adventure in his life full of ups and downs, most of which are either caused by Maia, not intentionally, or because of people around Maia, that Leigh feels she needs protection from.
After the Moment is the type of book that, after you read a couple passages or even a chapter, you have to put the book down to really stop and think about everything that has happened so far and the deeper issues that are occurring within the novel. It’s an extremely sad book at times, but can also be uplifting when a character has a revelation. I would recommend that teens who want to read this should at least be in high school because it is such a deep book. I don’t think younger teens should read it because of the issues, but older teens may appreciate the book more for what it is and take more away from it.
Often while reading, I thought to myself how can I put this in a review and express how deep this book is? (I keep using the word deep as an adjective to describe this novel but there’s really no other way to describe it!)
Overall, a great read that is very…sobering.
See you soon!
Paige

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