Review: After the Moment
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.–Jacket Copy
After the Moment is a story about first love, the kind of love that gets its grip on you and never lets go. In this coming of age romance, Leigh Hunter attends a dinner party where he runs into his high school girlfriend, Maia Morland. The story consists primarily of Leigh’s recollections of how they met, fell in love, and then grew apart.
Told in third person, the narrative succeeds at capturing the detachment of a distant memory, but in so doing, distances the reader from the characters. I was intrigued by the story’s plot, particularly the way Freymann-Weyr offers an early glimpse into the event that destroy’s Leigh and Maia’s relationship, before bringing the story back to the beginning. Knowing some of what is to come, the tension builds as the reader waits to find out the details behind their breakup. Yet, for a story with so many emotional elements–anorexia, self-injury, rape, stepfamilies, incarceration, etc–I was surprised by how little emotion I actually felt while reading. The story indeed feels like something being told to you at a dinner party.
After the Moment portrays a complex relationship, but does so more analytically than romantically. This novel will appeal to readers interested in the psychological depths of adolescent love, but may miss the mark for those looking for a steamy beach book.