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Between, Before, and After ~ Maureen Doyle McQuerry

January 16, 2019

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Publisher: Blink

ISBN: 9780310767381

304 pages

Source: Publisher: via Netgalley

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

{*I was given an early review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.}

Writers are a strange lot, at least when they’re written about.

Fourteen year old Molly knows this better than anyone. In the mid-fifties, she and her family carve out a strange little life in California, mostly ruled by the whims and near-mania of her mother’s obsessive biography project.

Though Molly and her kid brother do their best to simultaneously win their mothers affection and stay out of her way, that is easier planned than done.

Through dusty archived of the lives of others, including her own mother, Molly stumbles upon a family secret too heavy to leave alone.

Through present (well, relatively, since it’s the 50’s) day struggles, wives through with threads of family history and fairytales, Between, Before, and After stays true to its name in a beautifully written overlapping timeline.

As is the case with many intricately written stories, there is a sizable helping of hard moments. Depression, substance use, abuse, and neglect made this one both difficult to read at times and heartbreakingly beautiful.

It’s certainly not a typical Yoing Adult novel but in many ways, that became a breath of fresh air.

The book comes out next month (February 5, 2019) and I’m grateful to Blink (an imprint of HarperCollins), Netgalley, and Maureen Doyle McQuerry for an early review copy of this book.

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