Book Review: After the Moment

Thursday, October 1, 2009

After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr

Released: May 18, 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 328
Rating: 2 stars
Maia Morland is pretty, only not pretty-pretty. She's smart. She's brave. She's also a self-proclaimed train wreck.

Leigh Hunter is smart, popular, and extremely polite. He's also completely and forever in love with Maia Morland.

Their young love starts off like a romance novel—full of hope, strength, and passion. But life is not a romance novel and theirs will never become a true romance. For when Maia needs him the most, Leigh betrays both her trust and her love.

After the Moment was an okay read. From the beginning, I was confused and it didn’t really get any better. It starts off with Maia and Leigh meeting at a party when they are 21. Then Leigh tells the story, or maybe just remembers it, of what happen to the two of them when they were 17. Every now and again, it would flash back to the present without any breaks. That is where I got the most confused because it was hard to follow where the story went.

For me, this was a slow read. There was so much going on and not any details to explain certain things, so I still have a ton of unanswered questions. There were plenty of details for parts that didn’t pertain to the story at all though. Once the story started to get interesting, which wasn’t until page 200, I was kept wanting to know what happened.

I did enjoy the characters. They were realistic and were trying to deal with issues that people in the real world deal with everyday – divorced parents, friendship, love, school, death etc. This is a different take on love, one that shows first love doesn’t always work out. With all the extra stuff going on, I think it would have been better if the book was a bit longer.


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