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Best friends Matt and Cole grapple with their changing relationships during the summer after high school in this impactful, evocative story about growing up and moving on from a traumatic past.

Surviving was just the beginning.

Eleven years after a shooting rocked the small town of East Ridge, New Jersey and left eighteen first graders in their classroom dead, survivors and
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Hardcover, 364 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Alexandra
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Because my family lived in Sandy Hook when the shooting occurred, I was very reluctant to read this book. Thankfully, a colleague who knew my relationship to this event convinced me that I could handle it. She was right. This is, in my opinion, one of the few books that understands the grief, confusion, rage, discomfort, shame, and indifference that such trauma can yield... even years later. Once I started this story, I couldn’t stop. But as I neared the end, I found myself savoring the time I h ...more
Christian Douglass
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got an early reading copy - buying for kids in my family when it comes out. A good YA book for all kiddos (and adults - I loved it), but especially boys. Yes, it's about the traumatic aftermath of a school shooting (all too familiar - but the book doesn't feel like it was trying to be timely). The difference here, is it's not the immediate aftermath but several years later. It's the trauma that creeps up over time after the immediate media show. But more importantly, it's about boy's friendshi ...more
Leah Kathleen Parker
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I had the unique opportunity to be an early reader for this amazing novel by Joe Moldover. Moldover has created a story that captures the lasting impact of what it means to be a survivor of a school shooting and the legacy that imparts on an entire community. The story is told in the two voices of Cole and Matt...two graduating seniors who survived a school shooting in elementary school. Moldover portrays both individual voices with incredible authenticity while also showing the depth of their s ...more
Mark Cecil
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read YA, but I got an advance copy of this book, and the description just got to me right away. The premise of the story - what happens to the kids left behind after a school shooting? - was powerful and original.
The topic couldn't be more sensitive, but I'm both happy and relieved to say, the author pulled it off. You get your heart strings pulled, and you get to seriously engage a topic in a safe way.
Rest assured: the school shooting isn't presented in detail. It happened year
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Cole and his best friend Matt are part of *that* class. You know, the one a shooter killed seventeen kids and their principal. Now they’re graduating with eighteen empty chairs draped in black. Matt feels guilty for being home sick from his diabetes, is self-destructive and tacitly suicidal, acts like a jerk sometimes and is thoughtful and kind. Cole was the boy in the picture than won the prize for best photo of the year, stone-faced, covered in blood, carried out by the cop. He still has PTSD, ...more
Carol
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary book, with an important message, written and expressed so beautifully. Thank you for sharing these characters and this important story with us all, Joseph Moldover. Bravo!
Allison
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book and am so glad I did. Every Moment After is one of the most genuine and insightful stories of friendship I’ve read. Set a decade after a devastating incident, it examines the repercussions of that event, looking most closely at how it has bound the survivors to one another. The two main characters, Cole and Matt – both of whom have rich and distinct voices – are tied to one another through a mix of love, need, guilt, and resentment; their mutual dependency ...more
Christine Higgins powers
4.5! I loved this book! Having 3 sons, I wasn’t sure I could read a story about a school shooting, but it wasn’t about the shooting...it was about the aftermath (or the “every moment after” which is the aptly named title). The relationship between Cole and Matthew was so touching and genuine and more importantly realistic. The dialogue between the two of them is exactly how 18 year olds speak to each other. I also loved the interactions with the other characters, especially the autistic survivin ...more
Kristy Q
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Alyssa
An extraordinary book, with an important message, written and expressed so beautifully. Every Moment After wonderfully depicts the effect that one moment can have on someone's life even years later.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an advanced reader's copy.
Karyl Ahn White
Mar 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover
Every Moment After is such a fitting title for this book. While it mentions and discusses a bit about the shooting, it doesn’t focus on it. Told in the alternating voices of Matt and Cole, the story is about the two, who have recently graduated, and are survivors of a school shooting that happened in first grade. Though it was many years ago, the young men still deal with PTSD and survivor’s guilt. They are very close friends and this story explores the bond
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Tiffany Neal
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with this digital ARC.

I really liked this book. It’s a simple storyline in many ways, yet lots of complex themes and issues thread their way throughout. This is a realistic fiction YA telling the story through two male POVs. It’s the summer after graduating from high school, but what makes this story unique is that both MCs were a part of a 1st grade class that suffered a school shooting. The story does not focus on the shooting itself, rather the aftermath,
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Kris
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a feeling this book was going to be very moving, just by reading the synopsis. I will say I was extremely happy to see it focus’ on a lot more than just the past. It showed how character’s have grown and how they handle their grief and guilt over different aspects of the past tragedy. One thing I loved reading about was one of the characters trials a tribulation of living with type 1 diabetes. I know a lot about type 2 and would consider myself quite knowledgable about the subject, but I n ...more
Gail Parker
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to read and advance copy of EVERY MOMENT AFTER and once I began reading I couldn't put it down. Schoolchildren today are painfully aware of the risks and stories of school shootings. This tells the story of a group of good friends who are preparing to graduate from high school. These friends were all in first grade when there was a deadly school shooting at their school. The author does a masterful job of avoiding graphic or upsetting descriptions and ...more
Aoife
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, a2, april, a3e, hmh, nyp
4.5 rounded up



It's so hard to rate a book like this. Although both main characters were unlikable at times...Matt rather more so, I felt...they were never anything less than real. For a story about a shooting, showing the actual shooting is neatly avoided by having one POV character be absent when it happened and the other suffering complete amnesia. Therefore, the shooting is never directly described, but the little bits we get are plenty enough to paint the scene.

I loved the friendship between
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Catherine
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've read a young adult realistic fiction novel that is centered upon teen boys. Every Moment After is Joseph Moldover's debut novel, and I'm glad I selected it....it left a large impression. The book is very well-written, with sensitivity toward the complex emotions of teens. Moldover does a strong job with dialogue....something that, in my opinion, is hard to do when crafting teen conversation. A few of my thoughts (I'm going to do my best not to reveal any spoilers):

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Ryley (Ryley Reads)
I don't quite know if I've decided how I feel about this one yet, so please bear with my stream-of-consciousness review.

Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

**TRIGGER WARNING: school shooting - while the book itself doesn't contain any direct, descriptive detailing of the school shooting, please proceed with caution if the mention of is harmful.**

This book follows the perspective of two characters, Cole and
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MimiMaybeMiriam
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was really impressed by this debut novel by Joseph Moldover. Every Moment After is a book that demonstrates compassion for its characters and for the people who may still be hurting even as they read. There is a universality to the experiences of the main characters beyond the tragedy of the school shooting they were part of as small children. They deal with teenage relationships growing into adult ones, struggle to maintain friendships during times of transition, navigate very honest emotiona ...more
Karen Barber
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-april19
Told in alternating viewpoints this story takes a topical issue - school shooting - but does it in a way that is really quite unsettling.
The shooting in question took place when the kids were in first grade. They are now 18 and about to graduate. With Matt kept at home because of a diabetic episode and Cole unable to recall the event, there’s very little detail given about the shooting which I’m grateful for. The story focuses instead on the little details, the small parts of the story that show
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Kassandra
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this book expecting one thing and was surprised to find that I came out the other side adoring it for something else. I thought the portrayal of the characters and the long-term trauma they were going through was done very well, and I felt that the survivors guilt that some of the characters felt was written and expressed very well. Not only that, though, but the friendship between Matt and Cole could not have been done any better. Of course this book is excellent for its portrayal o ...more
Janssen
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, young-adult
Not as good as I wanted it to be.
Lynie
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a story. Written in the frame of mind of the event being in the past, and the outlook of the survivors. What the story does not have is descriptions of the actual school shooting, or the shooter. What is does have is stories of the the survivors...the main characters and their families and community. I think it does justice to not only the kids that survived, but the town that survived. It offered insight that I don't know I had thought about too much. And I appreciated that the insights we ...more
CEB Library
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Too many children know exactly how it feels to be present at a school shooting, or to be the kid-who-stayed-home-sick. This novel takes on this heavy topic in a readable yet challenging way. Told in two voices, the plot develops over the summer after high school, when two friends are struggling with what it means to be a survivor and where there life will take them when they are no longer bound to the place it all happened. The character development is strong, and the voices authentic. There are ...more
Sarah
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very moving portrayal of teen boys struggling to find themselves in the aftermath of a school shooting. As the mother of teens so much rang true in the depiction of kids trying to find their way. Well done!
Katie
Best friends Matt and Cole grapple with their changing relationships during the summer after high school in this impactful, evocative story about growing up and moving on from a traumatic past.Surviving was just the beginning. Eleven years after a shooting rocked the small town of East Ridge, New Jersey and left eighteen first graders in their classroom dead, survivors and recent high school graduates Matt Simpson and Cole Hewitt are still navigating their guilt and trying to move beyond the sha ...more
Lizz Axnick
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Anna
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every Moment After gives us complex, believable characters set it an all-too real context to tell the compelling story of surviving tragedy. This fantastic YA book is an easy and engrossing read, driven by dialogue that reads true to the boys' ages and handles the very sensitive subject of school shooting with tact and compassion. Kudos to Moldover for breathing life into Cole and Matt and for giving us an intimate look at the relationship between these two young men. Every Moment After does a g ...more
Amie
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me based on reading many YA books as well as several books about school shootings. I was pleasantly surprised that while being about 2 boys who survived a school shooting, the actual event is merely a backstory in the novel. The boys' friendship is really what this book is about. I have 2 elementary aged sons, and really appreciate the honest and caring way the main characters' relationship grew. I am trying to raise my sons in an environment where boys can show thei ...more
Alexis
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a much needed book that explores the lives of two boys as they move into adulthood after experiencing a tragedy that is becoming far too familiar for children today. While the book deals with the lives of the survivors of a school shooting it is not centered on the actual shooting so it spares the reader from overly graphic details. There is plenty of focus on the moments that make the main characters relatable: first love, parental struggles, mischief and petty squabbles but there is al ...more
Gillian
Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t really have much to say about this book. I didn’t really like the characters. I didn’t really like the story arc. The end was meh and didn’t really feel all that satisfying to me. I kind of forced myself to read it because I was given an ARC and felt that I should finish it.

There were some parts that were good and I liked the premise but it was a grief book written by a psychologist. It was about what one might expec
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Joseph Moldover is a writer and clinical psychologist who lives and works in the Boston area. He has written a number of short stories (often under the name Joseph Sloan), as well as works of nonfiction focusing on issues of health and disability. He is the grandson of the novelist Sloan Wilson, author of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.

Every Moment After is his debut novel, and is currently ava
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“People want to forget. No one would ever say it, but I think this town will be glad to see our class leave. They put up all the memorials you’d expect, but there was no need: we’re living reminders.” 1 likes
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