The Moment Before

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"Don't get me wrong. I loved my sister. I never, not once, wished her dead."

Brady and Sabine Wilson are sisters born eleven months apart, but they couldn't be more different. Popular Sabine, the head cheerleader dating the high school hunk, seems to have all the luck, while her younger, artsy sister "Brady Brooder" is a loner who prefers the sidelines to the limelight.

After Sabine dies in a horrific cheerleading accident, grief unravels Brady and her family. Once recognized ...

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Overview

"Don't get me wrong. I loved my sister. I never, not once, wished her dead."

Brady and Sabine Wilson are sisters born eleven months apart, but they couldn't be more different. Popular Sabine, the head cheerleader dating the high school hunk, seems to have all the luck, while her younger, artsy sister "Brady Brooder" is a loner who prefers the sidelines to the limelight.

After Sabine dies in a horrific cheerleading accident, grief unravels Brady and her family. Once recognized for her artistic talent, 17-year-old Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents' marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in the search for answers in the wake of her sister's death. As an unlikely friendship emerges, Brady learns more about Sabine - and love - than she bargained for.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Lisa Hazlett
Sisters Brady and Sabine are especially close but practically polar opposites. Sabine is their high school’s star cheerleader, with a seemingly perfect boyfriend, while artsy Brady is a pensive, quiet loner. While cheering, Sabine’s dramatic stunt goes awry and she dies horrifically, leaving friends and family shocked and grieving. The subsequent remembrances and service provide Brady and her parents some solace and distraction, but afterward grief overwhelms them. School politics cause Brady to lose her promised art scholarship to her less talented frenemy, Martha, now cozily dating Nick, Sabine’s boyfriend. Severely shaken by school, friends, and her parents’ crumbling marriage, Brady seeks comfort from Sabine’s voicemail but instead hears disturbing messages. Ironically, Brady asks Connor, the cheerleader wrongly blamed in Sabine’s death, for answers, and during their unlikely friendship he reveals shocking facts about Sabine that will forever change Brady and her parents. Narrated by likeable, witty Brady, this is a good read but also predictable; its two-sisters plot may be overly familiar for some female mystery fans. Brady recognizing Sabine’s secrets (pregnancy, bulimia, abusive boyfriend) in retrospect is realistic, but they are revealed slowly to further the story. Moreover, Nick’s switching from jerk to murderer, prevented from killing Martha by Brady throwing Sabine’s ashes in his face, seems improbable, if not somewhat distasteful. The rocky grief journey of Brady and her parents is painfully realistic, as are Sabine’s problems, and portraying a family fighting to rebuild itself and emerging stronger is gratifying, as is the bittersweet yet satisfying ending. Reviewer: Lisa Hazlett; Ages 11 to 15.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-11
After a popular cheerleader plunges to her death, her younger sister forges an unexpected relationship with the boy responsible. Brady's sister Sabine died on the floor of their high school gym from a broken neck when she failed to complete a complicated flip. Brady and her family blame Sabine's lift partner, Connor Christopher, for not catching her. But after Connor helps Brady with her car one wintry afternoon, she does an about-face and decides he's not that bad a guy after all. Brady's feelings about Connor are confirmed when Sabine's cellphone voice mail reveals dark truths about her bright sister: Sabine was pregnant, her perfect boyfriend, Nick, verbally abused her, and Connor was the only one who knew. The question of what Brady will do with this information is complicated by the underdeveloped subplots of her parents' deteriorating marriage, her loss of a prestigious school art prize, and her best friend Martha's decision to date Sabine's abusive ex. All of this leads to a bizarre climax in which Brady hurls some of Sabine's cremains at Nick after he drugs and kidnaps Martha, obliterating any suspension of disbelief. While the initial premise is intriguing, the story is crippled by self-conscious dialogue, abrupt transitions and the fact that all relevant information is spelled out instead of shown. Overwrought and half baked. (Fiction. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626811676
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 988,515
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    I LOVED this book. The story and the characters pulled me in imm

    I LOVED this book. The story and the characters pulled me in immediately and stayed with me days after I finished reading it. I highly recommend The Moment Before, especially for moms who want to share a good book with their teenage daughters. This is definitely one you will both enjoy. Suzy is a phenomenal storyteller and an amazing writer.
    Amy G

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Serious subjects of loss and abuse are described in authentic, e

    Serious subjects of loss and abuse are described in authentic, entertaining way. Initially skeptical, knowing it was about high school students, and seeing the cheerleader on the cover, I thought it wouldn't be "adult" enough for my tastes. But I'd heard the novel was excellent, so I thought I'd give it a try. 
    The protagonist Brady is in grief over her sister's death, and it's the sister who was the cheerleader; Brady expresses herself through visual art. What immediately set this book above and beyond most novels dealing with loss are the depth of characterization, the author's command of the serious subject matter, and the excellent writing, while keeping a lively pace and supplying a captivating plot. There is a subplot about abuse as well. Once I began the book I did not want to set it down.

    The genuine details that relate to the setting in the Portland, Oregon area add to the fun. There is a hipness to the author's voice that comes from the author's obvious understanding of the real lives of current adolescents.

    The novel is a great beach read for adults, and will satisfy mature adolescents and readers who are informed enough to relate to the actual experiences of young people today. It was a thoroughly entertaining and satisfying read. For days after, I kept missing Brady, as if she'd become a friend. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Loved it!

    Great read! This book was very engaging and real. I was worried the grief of the family whose daughter did in fact die in a cheerleading accident would be too much, but it was not the case. The book features a strong main character who is trying to find her place in life after the sudden death of her sister. Nice to see a character like that in YA novels.

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    I read this book in a weekend, and I rarely do that! This book

    I read this book in a weekend, and I rarely do that! This book was a real "page-turner" for me. I connected with the fascinating main character (Brady), and how she must learn to navigate the ever-changing landscape; I have thought about her a lot , even after finishing the book. I really want to know more about her. I'm sure everyone will find a different character(or plot twist) in this book that will stay with them for a long time. Expertly written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    This YA book was not really for young adults.

    I found this young adult book lacking on many levels. It is more of an adult book. The sister dies but not in a cheer leading accident. This is very violent and filled with adult subject matter. There is cursing. I would not any young person younger than18 to read this book. It made me nervous and uncomfortable, not because of sexual situations but because of subject matter. For readers at LEAST 17 years old and up.

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Horrible! Really bad language!!!!

    I only had to get to page seven to read the f word. This is a horrible story how could someone read this with their daughter...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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