After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr starts off in present day, but is mostly told as a flashback to the end of junior and beginning of senior year of Leigh Hunter. Leigh is just a regular student at a high school in New York City — living with his romance writer mom in a city, playing soccer at school, and dating the girl that everyone else wants.
After his step-sister, Millie’s, father passes away, she asks him to move to Maryland to live with her, her mom and the dad they share. Knowing his step-sister needs him, Leigh makes the move that proves to be life changing. In Maryland, Leigh meets Maia Morland, a girl who is smart, just pretty enough, but troubled. Leigh and Maia fall in love and after a tragic night, their relationship is forever altered.
I enjoyed reading After the Moment. I had a hard time feeling any real warmth from the characters, but maybe that was because the story was told from a male point-of-view. That’s not to say that I didn’t like the characters, because I did. I liked Leigh, a self-proclaimed nice guy who fell in love with the troubled girl and didn’t let it bother him. I felt bad for Maia and I wanted to reach into the story to help her. However, I think that my favorite character was Millie. She just seemed like a real, intelligent thirteen-year-old.
The plot itself seemed to be too much of a back story leading up to the night that would change Leigh’s and Maia’a relationship. Without giving it away, I feel that Maia’s reaction to that night was slightly off. Luckily, I have never experienced a similar tragedy, but I can’t imagine any girl not being a complete wreck and completely emotional afterwards.
Overall, After the Moment is an engaging story of a first love.
Andrea is a huge Gators fan who loves to read! Her favorite genres are Chick-Lit, YA, and Paranormal. Visit her blog So Many Books, So Little Time.
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