Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review: The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello

The Moment Before
By: Suzy Vitello
Pub. Date: January 14, 2014
Publisher: Diversion Books
Pages: 214
Source: Netgalley

“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.

I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

After Brady’s sister, Sabine dies is a horrible cheerleading accident, Brady needs to figure out why it happened and figure out how to live her life without Sabine. It was hard not to feel pain for Brady. She was never close with her sister, but now her entire family dynamic is different. There is also Connor, who is being blamed for the death, and the only other person who cares enough to find out the truth-though does he really care, or is he just trying to clear his name. I enjoyed watching Connor and Brady become closer. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to find the people who mean the most to you.

The Moment Before was a quick read. It wasn’t as emotionally draining as I thought it was going to be. I also would have liked the story to start with before the accident. I think it would have made me enjoy the story better. I spent the first half of the book confused because of this.

While I enjoyed The Moment Before, I was expecting a little more. So I feel very torn with my feelings about this book. I am interested to hear what other people think! 

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