After the Moment

After the Moment

by Garret Freymann-Weyr
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After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr

A 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547331683
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/03/2010
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,266,482
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.85(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Garret Freymann-Weyr grew up in New York City and often sets her books there. She went to college at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received an MFA in film from New York University. She has written four books for young adults, including My Heartbeat, which won a Printz Honor for excellence in literature for young adults. Her books have been published in numerous countries including the Netherlands, Japan, and China. She currently lives outside Washington, D. C., with her husband. She has said that the best way to get ideas is to read a lot. “That gets you thinking in terms of story, character, and image.

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After the Moment 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Andylyon More than 1 year ago
It's pretty rare to find a love story that is worth reading, written from the male point of veiw. This book does justice to a first love. To a love that is not at all what it seems, but worth all the pain it will bring. This is a great coming of age story for young men. It deals with real life issues, but in a way that isn't forced.
katiesbookblog More than 1 year ago
After The Moment is a story of love--love that is true but cannot hold strong through tough times. This book was a little more serious than I expected touching on subjects such as self-mutilation, death of a loved one, bullying, and many others. Even though it was a bit more serious it was truly an amazing story.
Leigh Hunter is the golden boy: soccer star, straight-A student, and boyfriend to Astra Grein. At least, he is until his stepsister's father dies and he is asked to move to Washington to be there for her. Leigh and Astra decide that they would rather have a long distance relationship than break up but Leigh never expected to fall for Maia Morland, the train wreck.
Maia has many different problems. Her stepfather that actually cares about her is in jail, her mother doesn't notice her, and she has her own issues such as self-mutilation, anorexia, and she had a tendency to act out sexually until her psychiatrist made her sign a contract.
When Leigh meets Maia he never once thinks that he could love her. She is the exact opposite of Astra and yet he can't get her off his mind. Leigh begins to drive Maia to her prison visits and in the process, gets to know her. He doesn't realize that he loves her until being away from her to visit his mom in Maine. When he returns home he goes straight to Maia's and is surprised to find out that she feels the same way. They begin dating, even though Leigh still hasn't broken up with Astra.
Finally, Leigh decides that he needs to end things once and for all with Astra and decides to go to New York and tell her in person. He never knew that his decision to stay in New York for one extra night would have such drastic consequences. When he returns to Washington nothing is the same and when he finds out why, he wishes he could change things but he can't.
Unknowingly Leigh breaks Maia's trust and loses their relationship. He will always love her but they can never be together.
And if you want to know why, you will just have to read the book. I wouldn't just give away the ending. ;]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My team gone lose i already know it ;( :'( :/
CrazyDuckGirl More than 1 year ago
This book pulled me in instantly by the cover image, but as I read it, I got confused very easily. If you can pick out a confusing read, this would be the book to choose. I never finished this book, but what I read of it, it was very well written.
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Leah Mandel More than 1 year ago
hard to follow really boring but in the long run a beautiful storu about love and letting go.
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Casey88 More than 1 year ago
After the Moment was an okay read. From the beginning, I was confused and it didn't really get any better. It starts off with Maia and Leigh meeting at a party when they are 21. Then Leigh tells the story, or maybe just remembers it, of what happen to the two of them when they were 17. Every now and again, it would flash back to the present without any breaks. That is where I got the most confused because it was hard to follow where the story went. For me, this was a slow read. There was so much going on and not any details to explain certain things, so I still have a ton of unanswered questions. There were plenty of details for parts that didn't pertain to the story at all though. Once the story started to get interesting, which wasn't until page 200, I was kept wanting to know what happened. I did enjoy the characters. They were realistic and were trying to deal with issues that people in the real world deal with everyday - divorced parents, friendship, love, school, death etc. This is a different take on love, one that shows first love doesn't always work out. With all the extra stuff going on, I think it would have been better if the book was a bit longer.
gl More than 1 year ago
The book opens at a dinner party in New York City, when Leigh sees Maia Moreland for the first time since high school. We're immediately aware of her impact on him and that he's never gotten over some event in their past where he did something dreadful. We don't know their history, only that there was something beautiful and fragile that was destroyed somehow and that Leigh has carried this with him for years. After reading the opening pages of their chance encounter at the NY dinner party, I was pushed so off-center that I put the book down for weeks. I didn't want to read about the violence or how Leigh hurt Maia so badly and was still so affected by their past. I won't go into details - you deserve to read the book without any spoilers - and to enjoy it as the story slowly unfolds. Here is just a quick peek into the plot and characters: After the brief scene where Leigh and Maia meet in the present, the main story opens in flashbacks to Leigh's last years in high school. Towards the end of his junior year, seventeen-year-old Leigh has everything going for him - excellent grades, a spot on the soccer team, and Astra, his dropdead beautiful, popular and smart girlfriend that most everyone else wants to date. He's not unappreciative of his life even though "the good fortune that Leigh knew as his wasn't something that he could feel or point to...It was more like oxygen or blood; it was that intrinsic." Leigh knows that he doesn't yet know what future he wants but he's steady and dependable and he does his level best, knowing it's "a matter of continuing to do the right things: study and apply to colleges, as well as keep old friends and make new ones." Though Leigh isn't driven by clear plans for his future, he will do almost anything for his younger step sister Millie. So when Millie's father dies and she asks Leigh to move to Maryland for a year, Leigh uproots his life. He leaves New York, his mother and Astra for Maryland, Millie, and her troubled friend Maia. Maia is the polar opposite of Astra - nervous, eating disordered, and troubled - but somehow Leigh finds himself drawn to her. Once I got over my initial hesitation and returned to the book, got to know Leigh and how he cared for the people around him, I was hooked. In After the Moment, Garret Freymann-Weyr created unforgettable characters dealing with complex and real life concerns. It's a beautiful and moving book. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; 1 edition (May 18, 2009), 336 pages. Review copy provided by the author and TLC Book Tours.
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kak2005sig More than 1 year ago
Good Book!!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
No one can forget their first love, and Leigh Hunter isn't any different. Leigh is as close to the perfect boy as a girl could ever hope for: attractive, athletic, smart, and selfless. His life is rolling along nicely, as he is looking forward to his senior year and what the future might hold for him beyond high school. Leigh's biggest worry is finding a summer job that would look good on his college applications, until something horrible happens and his sister, Millie, needs him. Not willing to let her down, Leigh packs up his things and moves a state away to be with Millie and help her begin to recover from her loss. While taking care of Millie is in his plan, falling for the sweet-if-not-a-bit-odd Maia Morland is not, especially since he still claims the hottest girl in his school back home as his girlfriend. But even the best laid plans have a way of changing, and the best intentions a way of crumbling. AFTER THE MOMENT is a story of first love, but it's so much more. It's a story of perseverance, strength and loyalty, but also of betrayal, pain, and disappointment. It's a story every reader who has loved and lost can relate to, which is the very reason it's not one to be missed.
Samantha Gavina More than 1 year ago
I REALLY wanna read it but my mother wont let me buy it. Could someone lend it?