Author: Suzy Vitello
Publisher: Diversion Books
Date of Publication: 14th January 2014
Source: eARC via Netgalley
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I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley via Diversion Books in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way.
The Moment Before is a beautiful coming-of-age story with a unique image of teenage years. It starts with a seemingly random description of a car sitting and rusting in a driveway, and I was enthralled just from this. There's mystery, a romance, but isn't the typical book.
Some of the book was a little close to home to me, as my best friend died when I was 10, so I can't really comment on my mixed emotions throughout the book, but it's safe to say that I loved it any less. If anything, it made me connect to the protagonist, Brady, even more.
The romance of the book was beautiful, particularly because it wasn't a typical romance. It wasn't cliche, but it was expected- but then, this worked. Connor wasn't your normal love interest in a book, but with the setting and mood for the book it worked really well and I wanted them together since he was first introduced.
Although most of the speech was as normal (speech marked), some bits of speech was scripted, like a play, and showed where Brady didn't care or hadn't been listening. I thought this was a good show of character and helped us get an understanding of her.
"Dad: When you don't answer us, we feel left out.
Mom: Blah, blah, I feel, blah, blah, blahblahblah"
When I said we get an understanding of Brady, I meant that she is a complicated character; she has lots of issues going on and a lot of confusion. However, she wasn't hard to become familiar with, and by the end, we understand her fully.
The Moment Before shows fully what death does to people, which is something that doesn't commonly come across in books. So many issues are addressed in this,but it wasn't overwhelming.
This book was an unique twist of a coming-of-age story that I could really connect with, and I loved that. This book contains adult themes so I would recommend it only to those who can deal with that.