Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Book Review | The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn

4 stars ★ ★ ★★

The Before Now and After Then is a YA LGBT book written by Peter Monn.

16 year old Danny Goldstein has spent most of his life in the shadow of his twin brother Sam, that is until his life is shook up one day and he then has to find where he belongs in the world, without his brother. After the incident that changes his life Danny starts his senior year at a new school where he will meet some friends and people that will change the way he sees himself and everyone else. 

     I love Peter Monn's book videos on YouTube so when I seen he had a book I decided to give his book a try going in without any idea what it would be about and was pleasantly surprised, it was great! 

Knowing from what I've watched in his videos on YouTube I enjoyed seeing some of Peter's life/characteristics in the book. The story did have some insta love in it, which I didn't hate, but the relationship did move fast and have quite a few sappy moments so if you’re not into that this book may not be for you. For me there was a few moments in the story that made me giddy and wanted to read more.

Like many, I felt Cher was a bit much for me at the beginning at least . I thought that she kind of used Danny as a "gay pet" not saying their friendship wasn't genuine but it happened so fast and it seemed like she only was mainly interested in being his friend because he was gay. BUT the good thing is that Cher does later evolve in the story and grow up a bit and improve as a character becoming a more like-able character.

Danny of at the beginning doesn’t have much of his own individuality, of course I think that has to do with him living in the shadow of his “better” twin brother most of his life but I liked that once he met Rusty and started coming to terms with himself and finding who he was and where he belongs that it started to show. I also liked the fact that Danny didn't want to just be defined by his sexuality. I especially liked Alex, Danny’s uncle and Danny’s moms relationship. 

Overall the book was enjoyable. The book flowed and was straightforward. I liked the writing and can't wait to read Peter's future work! Hint hint Peter, hurry with more books! Ha!

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  1. I’ve never heard of this one or the YouTuber, but then again I haven’t watched any of that in so long! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    1. Really? It’s on your TBR list on Goodreads 😂