I’ve seen quite a few books similar to Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover lately. And with gun violence in schools at the forefront of our minds so often nowadays, how could this not be a theme that a lot of authors are writing about? And its terrifying that things like these are happening in schools all over the country, to the point that it’s not even news anymore unless a significant number of children are murdered. The fact that so many people care more about guns than they do about children is really telling regarding where we are as a country.
As for this story, I’m definitely going to give it a try. It features two seniors who had survived a shooting when they were in first grade and their journey through dealing with that trauma and learning how to live past it.
Two friends grapple with the longevity of grief and what it means to live in this emotionally complex novel that explores the long-term effects of gun violence and trauma on young adults.
Surviving was just the beginning.
Eleven years after a shooting rocked the small town of East Ridge, New Jersey and left eighteen first graders in their classroom dead, survivors and recent high school graduates Matt Simpson and Cole Hewitt are still navigating their guilt and trying to move beyond the shadow of their town’s grief. Will Cole and Matt ever be able to truly leave the ghosts of East Ridge behind? Do they even want to?
As they grapple with changing relationships, falling in love, and growing apart, these two friends must face the question of how to move on—and truly begin living.
How do you feel about this book? Do you think you’ll be adding it to your TBR? Do you think you probably won’t? Why or why not? Is there anything about it that really strikes you? What do you think about the fact that a lot of these books are being published lately? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!