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These Are the Moments

(The Moments Series #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  54 reviews
"This is the story of Wendy, the girl who is in love with Simon. But it's really the story of you and that one person who keeps reappearing in your life." - Christine Frazier of Better Novel Project

For fans who cried their way through The Fault in Our Stars and fell in love with Eleanor and Park, These Are the Moments is the newest title in young adult and new adult fiction./>
Paperback, 348 pages
Published April 30th 2015 by Bravo Publishing
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99 cents sale! I LOVE this book!!

For the boy and girl, on the old porch swing.

I am a total and utter mess.

I spent the past day reading this and doing nothing much else. This book had me so captivated and I’m just trying to find the right words you know? There’s so much to say and somehow I’m still a little speechless.

I love a good reminiscent story. Going back in time, remembering people, tales and talking about how that led to the present. The beginning of the story started with Simon and Wendy’s very first meeting, andbook!!
Logan LeDuc
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly really enjoyed this book. It is one of the few books that I really could relate to the relationship between the main characters because it was so realistic. I know we all read books like TFIOS and dream of relationships like that, but the real ones are like the relationship between Wendy and Simon.

Their relationship was raw. The timing was never right and they never stopped loving each other
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
**ARC kindly provided by Netgalley and Bravo Publishing in exchange for an honest review.**

In a nutshell this book is heartbreakingly relatable and was almost too realistic to continue at times. Because, even if you haven't been there before, in a relationship where you love each other and where you probably always will, but are just unable to make it work, you know someone that has. There were points that physically hurt for me to read because the author captured those heartbreaking
Shelby Logen
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this review by saying that I gave myself a good two days to process my feelings. I, for one, am not good with feelings; I feel things too hard. Which is why, at times, this book was not my friend. These Are The Moments made my chest hurt, made my breathing funny, and made my legs get that falling-asleep feeling when they were perfectly awake. There were times when I would catch myself with my hand over my heart, a stupid smile on my face, the words slowly melting away this cynical ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Folks, this is it. This is the book that has convinced me that the world of self-published books is worth exploring. I came across this book by finding the author's blog. I was intrigued enough from what I read there to give her book a try, and I'm glad that I did.

I loved Bravo's writing-it is at least as good as anything that comes out of a major publishing house (and, in many cases, better!). She has a fun readable style that is very reminiscent of Rainbow Rowell. Yet, Bravo's real
Victoria  (Two Vloggers More)
These are the Moments by Jenny Bravo is a contemporary story that is basically about a girl named Wendy who has left college and is lost on her path in life. One of her best friends is getting married and this brings up memories of her first love, who happens to be the grooms' best-man. The story is told in alternating chapters, one from the current POV and one in a flashback. The now and then style of writing makes for an interesting format as we see the characters in the current time of their ...more
Laurence R.
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I loved, loved, loved it. It's a ten out of five.

From the very beginning, I knew this was going to be one of my favorite books. Seriously. I loved the characters and I could relate to them so much sometimes that I felt like crying. I really cared (and still do) about Simon and Wendy's relationship, because their love is insanely cute and lovely and adorable and bittersweet. Having absolutely no experience in relationships, I have this perfect vision of love and ho
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD OMG. Full review to follow.
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Originally posted on Books and Ladders

Oh gosh, this one hit super close to home. I had a relationship just like this and it still burns and stings every once in a while. Especially when a book so poetically written stirs up old memories. Jenny Bravo takes a story that most people have expectations for and turns them on their head. Honestly, if I hadn't lived through it, I would have been
Kristen Kieffer
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, read-2015
This book, man. Whew!

You know when you're riding a rollercoaster, and you feel terribly alive but also a little nauseous? When you're spinning, flying, whirling...having your life flash before your eyes and yet thinking of nothing but the sheer insanity of the moment? It's fun, and then it's gutting. By the end, you're just ready to get off.

But then you do, and you take a breath of fresh air, and the world suddenly seems too real and too close and too fast. You want to be on that co
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Original review posted on

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4.25 Stars
Wendy and Simon fell in love as teenagers and it was epic. Cut to ten years later and their lives have taken separate paths. Both have graduated from college and while Wendy returned to her hometown, Simon took a job traveling. Now Wendy’s best friend and Simon’s best friend get engaged and as maid of honor and best man they get thrown back together. Now the question is
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
In a way, this book tells a bittersweet story that won't quite ever end. It'll keep you reading and intrigued until the final scene. Even adults could love this honest story.

This story was told through alternating chapters in the past and the present. While this took a little time to get involved in, it ended up feeling very effective and made the parallels very clear. This was an effective way to communicate the message of the story.

This felt like a real relationship and
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant, relatable story of Wendy and Simon. It is the story we all know, one we have all lived - the cat-and-mouse, the 'challenge,' the innate need to want what you can't have, then when you get it, it isn't so shiny and new any more...until you cant have it again. Whether you are a Wendy or a Simon in this book, you will be shaking your head yes, and have your heart broken over and over. Without giving any spoilers away, the ending was my favorite - but it took me a few minutes of ...more
Laura Baggaley
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to find a book about twenty somethings that was so relatable to my life. Bravo creates characters that are so witty, fun, and absolutely real. So many times I found myself saying, wow I've done that, or I think I said that yesterday. She tells a great story about love, family, and friendship through the life of Wendy Lake. Her writing style made the book really easy and enjoyable to read, and reminded me of Rainbow Rowell or John Green. This is an amazing first novel and I can't ...more
Aizel (One Page at a Time) Macaldo
When I read the synopsis, I thought it sounded cliché but I requested for it anyway because I was feeling for some contemporary romance. And boy, oh boy was I thankful I did!

For my full review, please visit my book blog (One Page at a Time). :)

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this one. These are the Moments is a stunning read about love, hope and moving on.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was a great read.
I was lucky enough to get a copy from Netgalley.
I was so enthralled with the story.
The drama with Simon and Wendy was intense.
I was hoping they would end up together in the end but sometimes love just isnt enough.
Morgan Rhodimer
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book had a great premise, relatable characters, and broke my heart in the best way possible. Once you really get going, it's very difficult to put down. If you're looking for an uplifting look at on-and-off relationships, friendship, and family, this is exactly what you're wanting to read next!
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just finished reading These Are the Moments and I knew I should put my thoughts down sooner rather than later, as if I wait, I may just decide not to write a review at all. In a nutshell, I feel rather ambivalent about this book. It was good in parts, in that I could relate to the idea of loving someone so much and that love eventually morphing into something not-so-loving-and-more-something-else, but overall, the book became rather boring and the dynamics between the various characters just weren't ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge (#9 a book written prior to 1/1/19 with less than 100 reviews on goodreads). I’ve actually been meaning to read this one for a while as Jenny is someone I know from college. I loved it! It was fun reading a book that contains so many things I am familiar with (LSU, all girls high school, sorority, etc.) but more than that it is SO relatable! I told my husband I felt sad reading parts of this book because of how heartbreaking and REAL ...more
Britney Wolfe
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm so excited to add this to my collection of self-published titles, and I'm even more excited to add more to the collection. Although, my goal is to develop my career in traditional publishing, I want to support indie authors as much as I can, and maybe even self-publish myself.

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I couldn't seem to get my words to sound right. I found These are the Moments to be an impressive debut novel, not only with believable characters and an in
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Yet another book that was nothing like I thought it would be.

This book made me frustrated, excited, hopeful, thoughtful, and intrigued. That right there is a good book.

Like I said, this isn't your typical new adult book. I won't/>My/>Disclaimers:
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was captivating to say the least- the author flawlessly told a story of a relationship over the course of a few years. The relationship between Simon and Wendy was so fascinating to read about- it had such real qualities to them that I couldn't help but want to keep reading and see where it ended up.

It showed how love may not always be enough and that sometimes timing can make a huge difference...and that if just one person isn't willing to stand up and fight for the relationship it c
Karah Rachelle
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is beautiful. It paints such a realistic picture of what it feels like to be a 20 something in that weird area between being a college graduate and being an on-your-own, full-fledged adult. Also, with painful realism, it shows that love is not rational and that just because you love someone doesn't mean you should be together. I don't think relationships like this get enough attention in books and movies.

The book feels extremely well planned and navigated by the author. Eac
Abigail Rehmert
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

As a writer, I immensely enjoyed the prose of These Are the Moments. Jenny Bravo has a way with words. I was pulled into every scene by her captivating sense of place and enjoyed each specific detail and beautiful metaphor. The details were relatable, humorous or stunning in their turn. I think it’s a gift to portray a contemporary setting in such a gorgeous way.

The characters were well-developed and relatable. Wendy’s family
Liz Hartevelt
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The books tells the story of Wendy's life and her love for Simon and his love for her. Can she ever forget him or is that an impossible task?

The summary sounds good and I decided to read this book. First: I wasn't so thrilled about the book. The story was a bit confusing, because of the time jumps. One chapter is now, the other is then. So I get it when you don't like it, but please: give the book a chance. It is good in the end.

I'm not sure if i want to kick Wendy sometimes or to h
Rachel Del
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though in the beginning I wasn't so sure I was going to enjoy These Are The Moments, I found that as time went on I became more and more invested in the characters and their lives. Jenny Bravo has written a great novel that had me truly rooting for love to win out in the end.Jenny Bravo
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
I'm terrible at dealing with my feelings and well, let's just say These are The Moments is the reason of my first ugly cry of 2015. I'll need time to process each of the moments and the heartache it gave me.

Full review coming soon!
Emily Dill
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Jenny's writing is beautiful and moving. I really liked the relationship between Wendy and Claudia, as well as the friendship dynamic. The characters were relatable and I enjoyed the dual timeline. Great job, Jenny! :)
Autumn Lindsey
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed reading These Are the Moments by Jenny Bravo. It brought me back to when I was younger. To those moments of falling in love and the sweet heartache that come with it as well. What lovely book from such a talented author!
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama
Following Jenny Bravo on social media for a while now, I knew that when I read TATM that it would be well-structured and well-written, but I didn't realize just how much I would enjoy the story. To be clear, this is not a genre I go out of my way to read. I quickly fell in love with the characters and was easily transported into Wendy's world. I loved that it wasn't an idealistic world, but showed some of the psychological dark aspects of many real relationships.

The story was good an
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JENNY BRAVO spent her childhood in Disney princess nightgowns and climbing trees barefooted. These days, she usually wears shoes. As a part-time writer, she drinks too much coffee and writes feverishly in the fringe hours. Otherwise, she blogs at and plays on Twitter. While she calls New Orleans home, she also considers herself a resident of Narnia, Hogwarts and Neverland.

Other books in the series

The Moments Series (4 books)
  • Those Were the Days (The Moments Series, #1)
  • Moments Like These (The Moments Series, #3)
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“Love is a decision.

It's not an emotion that we see on movie screens or read about in books. It isn't the dramatic crescendo that leads to happily ever after.

Love is hard work.

It's the decision you make, knowing your differences, knowing your flaws, but choosing anyway, because you can't imagine life without that person.”
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