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Before, After, and Somebody In Between [NOOK Book]

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Martha Kowalski is a quick-witted girl stuck in a bad situation. She's just moved to the slums of Cleveland with an alcoholic mother and Momma's new gun-loving, redneck boyfriend. Yes, there are pockets of goodness in her new life--a friend at school, a boy who lives upstairs, and cello lessons--but every day is filled with abuse from the unrelenting life of the ghetto. One day, Martha finds herself out on the street, and that's when her luck changes. A wealthy family invites her to live with them and within days...
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Overview

Martha Kowalski is a quick-witted girl stuck in a bad situation. She's just moved to the slums of Cleveland with an alcoholic mother and Momma's new gun-loving, redneck boyfriend. Yes, there are pockets of goodness in her new life--a friend at school, a boy who lives upstairs, and cello lessons--but every day is filled with abuse from the unrelenting life of the ghetto. One day, Martha finds herself out on the street, and that's when her luck changes. A wealthy family invites her to live with them and within days she is enrolled in private school, is outfitted in the perfect new wardrobe, and is falling for the cutest guy she's ever seen! But life isn't so simple, and soon Martha realizes that she's not the only one with a past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599908649
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 513,677
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Jeannine Garsee grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, which is also the setting for Say the Word and Before, After, and Somebody in Between. She began telling stories through pictures as soon as she learned to draw; then, when she grew older, she added captions to the pictures, till the captions grew long enough to knock the pictures off the page. As the author of three "practice" novels before she was out of high school, she never wanted to be anything except a writer-but she fell under a strange, insidious spell and found herself in the nursing profession instead. Jeannine now works as a psychiatric nurse in an inner-city hospital and lives with her family in a southwest suburb of Cleveland.  jeanninegarsee.com
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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Dena Landon for TeensReadToo.com

    When Martha's mom gets out of rehab and drags Martha to live with her latest boyfriend it's nothing new. Ever since her father's death, Martha's life has been a string of moving from place to place, constantly watching out for her mom. But this time the new boyfriend lives in a part of town where 'white girls don't belong,' as her classmates at school have no problem telling her. Martha is plunged into a world of gang violence and drugs, metal detectors at school, threats from other students, and violence at home. But she still manages to make a few friends at school and with the family that lives upstairs. And when she signs up for orchestra and discovers the joy of playing the cello, she thinks things might have finally turned around. <BR/><BR/>Until an act of violence sends everything spiraling out of control. <BR/><BR/>BEFORE, AFTER, AND SOMEBODY IN BETWEEN is a gritty and realistic tale of a girl trying to escape her parent's poor choices and make a life for herself. Told unflinchingly in the first person, Garsee doesn't hesitate from portraying teen violence, sex, and drug and alcohol use as the traps that they can be, but she does so with gentle humor and a compassionate eye. Martha is a flawed heroine, coming to terms with her own faults and the addictive tendencies she may have inherited from her mother, but readers will root for her to succeed. This book is not a light-hearted tale, and at times the string of bad events can feel unrelenting, but Garsee shows the bright spots to be found in even the deepest tragedies. <BR/><BR/>Recommended for older readers only. Contains drug and alcohol use, sex, and profanity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Wasnt my favorite

    I dont know, it was just way too depressing. Nothing got better for the main character, in fact it just got worse. My favorite character turned out to be a real jerk, the mother never got nicer, and it really made me depressed.
    And i know that most books make life sound a lot better than it really is, but this was just taking it too far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Great book

    This was a great book. I read it in seventh grade (not FOR seventh grade!) and liked it alot. But it was pretty sexually explicit. I didnt mind that, but still. I like to read books like that. I dont care if theres sex or swearin or drugs. Wgaf?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2009

    Don't Bother

    I regret picking up this book. The main character did not grow throughout the story at all. In the beginning all Martha worried about was materialistic things and becoming someone else. She gets two these things: A new identity, a new life. But while living her new life she tries to block out the people who really ever cared for her. Martha ignores them when they need her most. Throughout the book Martha acts selfishly again and again and to the very last page I felt like she hadn't matured at all. It was a very dissapointing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    i thought this book was amazing and how she survived it all and everything she went through i really hope anyone to read this book enjoys it as much as i did

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