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After the Moment

Garret Freymann-Weyr

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A new novel by the Printz Honor author Garret Freymann-Weyr, about a boy who discovers what happens when love fails us—or 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 young love starts off like a romance novel—full of hope, strength, and passion. But life is not a romance novel and theirs will never become a true romance. For when Maia needs him the most, Leigh betrays both her trust and her love.

Told with compassion and true understanding, After the Moment is about what happens when a young man discovers that sometimes love fails us, and that, quite often, we fail love.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 04, 2009 – After his stepsister's father dies, good guy Leigh moves from New York to Washington, D.C., to support her and finish his senior year. There, he falls in love with “train wreck” Maia, a recovering anorexic, self-injurer and germaphobe, whom he tries desperately to protect. When a group of boys do “something unspeakable” to Maia, Leigh commits an act of violence that threatens his future and their relationship. Readers will appreciate how real this story feels, in its telling details and careful conversations, as well as in the murky motivations behind Leigh's actions and his whole relationship with Maia, which haunts him years later. As she did in My Heartbeat and Stay with Me, the author creates a wonderful, complicated but loving family for her protagonist. Readers may have difficulty tracking all the characters, but they will understand that each family member is there to support Leigh, from his emotionally challenged father to his romance novelist mother who constantly warns Leigh “that he didn't take enough time for what might please him—for what he wanted.” This is an expertly crafted story about a complicated first love. Ages 14–up.

Customer Reviews

Unexpectedly good novel

I picked this novel up, not expecting to fall so deeply in love with the characters. Maya Moreland is a wonder woman fighting the struggles of her life daily, learning how to see the difference between the boys who love her body and the boy who loves all of her. A perfect story for young females, a progression of growing up and learning how to grow up with common struggles, and trauma. I strongly recommend.


This book is soooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After the Moment
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 9 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Romance
  • Published: May 03, 2010
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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