After the Moment
A new novel by the Printz Honor author Garret Freymann-Weyr, about a boy who discovers what happens when love fails usor we fail love.
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 youn...more
No one can forget their first love, and Leigh Hunter isn't any different.
Leigh is as close to the perfect boy as a girl could ever hope for: attractive, athletic, smart, and selfless. His life is rolling along nicely, as he is looking forward to his senior year and what the future might hold for him beyond high school. Leigh's biggest worry is finding a summer job that would look good on his college applications, until something horrible happens and...more
After the Moment was the first gfw book that felt substantially different--probably because of the third-person narration and the male protagonist. It retained all of the subtle but deeply felt atmosphere but told a d...more
I like the fact that it wove the war into the story especially in relationship to the fact that the main character knows he will never have to fight. He recognizes that there are other young men less privileged than he is that are in Iraq losing their lives. So few books bring in how a world event may touch or not touch a person's daily life even though the news is full of t...more
After reading the opening pages of their chance encounter at the NY dinner party, I wa...more
then we read the story, through Leigh's point of view, and find out - at least, find out what he knew and thought and felt at the time.
Freymann-Weyr's writing is so finely crafted, each word as well-chosen and bearing as many layers of significance as one in a poe...more
Freymann-Weyr's writing is gorgeous. She knows how to describe complicated emotions and make the reader feel true empathy for her characters. However, the e...more
Leigh Hunter moves to his father’s home, changes schools, and separates from his girlfriend Astra, in order to be part of a support group for his half-sister Millie. As part of this move he is also introduced to his sister’s older friend Maia, who is Leigh’s age. Maia is what most would consider a troubled teen. She is a recovering anorexic, cutter, and alcoholic. At first Leigh ca...more
Leigh Hunter is the golden boy: soccer star, straight-A student, and boyfriend to Astra Grein. At least, he is until his stepsister's father dies and he is asked to move to Washington to...more
Then something terrible happens to his step-sister Millie and he is asked to move in with her and help her.
As he helps Millie he meets odd Maia Morland who is a friend of Millie. Maia Morland is pretty,only not pretty- pretty. She's smart. She's brave. She's also a self proclaimed train wrec...more
I would agree with some that After the Moment was slow and a tad on the boring side. It felt that I was fluttering along the novel waiting for something, anything, to happen. It would touch on many subjects, never breaking free of that one barr...more
Author: Garret Freymann-Weyr
A book for young-adults that pictures everything a true, real-life-honest-to-goodness romance is hard to find. Sure, we have our Hush, Hush's and Twilight's...but they don't REALLY portray what it's like to be a teenager and in love. Love is complicated and hard and with a person that confuses you yet is an open door...it's not just about getting a hot-ass angel or vampire and having him obsess over you. Even if it is sexy. But...more
And yet, the writing is beautiful, with descriptions that perfectly capture things that I've felt or seen but never articulated. The characters are incredibly w...more
Right off the bat we know that something has happened, happened between main character Leight (a male, as others have said sometimes his name made me have to remind myself he was a guy) and Maia his sister's friend that he has fallen for, extremely hard. That mystery definitely intrigued me an...more
The bulk of the book takes place four years in the past with a present-day dinner party working as a sort of frame story. Truly though, the dinner is the REAL story. It's compelling and beautiful, wraught with te...more
The book was from Leigh's point of view, a 17-year old boy who falls...more
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The rhythm and the images buried in the language. All the ways you can build an emotion with words, but you can't just write 'I feel sad.' I mean, you can, but it's not poetry... I think it has to be experienced instead of studied. You step into it.”