The carnage began with the roses. She hacked at their ruffled blooms until they dropped into monstrous drifts of red on the parched yellow lawn Only two things kept my mother grounded to us: my uncle Stephen and stories.Fourteen-year-old Molly worries about school, friends, and her parents failed marriage, but mostly about her mothers growing depression. Molly knows her mother is nursing a carefully-kept secret. A writer with an obsession for other peoples life stories, Elaine Donnelly is the poster child of repressed emotions.Molly spends her California summer alternately watching out for her little brother Angus and tip-toeing around her mothers raw feelings. Molly needs her mother more than ever, but Elaine shuts herself off from real human connections and buries herself in the lives and deaths of the strangers she writes about. When Uncle Stephen is pressed into the limelight because of his miracle cure of a young man, Elaine can no longer hide behind other peoples stories. And as...
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Between Before and After Reviews
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This was an interesting book. It delved into some pretty deep topics, which were heavier than I expected. I was really captivated by the endurance of these characters, and found myself fully immersed in the world Doyle McQuerry has created.
One of my favorite aspects of the book was its dual timeline narrative. I recently had a conversation with a fellow booknerd about how much I appreciate the buildup that comes with this type of st ...more
* 4.5 stars *
A book that managed to tie the past and present together with the undertones of a fairytale gives us a story that shows how far someone will go to protect the ones they love and just how similar mothers and daughters can be.
“Between Before and After” finds Molly digging through her mother’s drawers when she finds a mysterious envelope that makes her question what secrets lie in her past and what it can tell her about their future as a family.
I really loved the style of this book ...more
A past/present mash up story between a mother and daughter that shows the similarities through the differences in age and time.
Molly is fourteen years old and has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her parent’s marriage is falling apart, and her mother is falling into a deep depression. She knows her mother has been keeping a big secret, which is part of her problems. Molly helps look after her brother Angus and when her Uncle Stephen shows up claiming to have been involved in a miracle c ...more
Told in different times the past and future. Elaine's is a young girl worried about school, family and overall life. Given a hard hand in life she does her best to carry her and her brother throughout life. While the other point of view comes from, Molly who spends her summer chasing her mothers past, while dealing with her Uncle who is tossed into the light of the town for doing a miracle.
Once I started this story I was lost into the pages, so it was easy to spend hours reading this book. I fi ...more
Between Before and After
By Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Sometimes the Most Important Story to Discover Is Your Own
Molly Donnelly's life is changing yet again and her mother is slipping further into a depression that is somehow linked to the secrets of her past. A past that her father has declared would bury her unless she buried it first. Molly is determined to discover the past her mother has so closely guarded and why she declares that she wasn't "beautiful and good" like her mother who died from th ...more
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Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: YA Contemporary
Recommended Age: 13+ (pain, past, secrets, loss and love)
Synopsis: “The carnage began with the roses. She hacked at their ruffled blooms until they dropped into monstrous drifts of red on the parched yellow lawn … Only two things kept my mother grounded to us: my uncle Stephen and stories.”
Fourteen-year-old Mo ...more
BEFORE: Summer of 1919, 6 months after her mother and little sister's death, Elaine got a job to help support her family. Elaine and Stephen's drunk father was jobless as often as he was working. Every morning she went to read the newspaper to a blind older gentleman. The Gossley family was wealthy, giving the children opportunities for funds, food, and education they otherwise wouldn't have had.
AFTER: Molly's parents are separated. Her dad left because her mom (Elaine) wouldn't let the 'past st ...more
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Elaine is the child of poor Irish immigrants. She is growing up in turn of the century New York City. When Elaine's mother dies from the Spanish flu, Elaine struggles to keep her family together.
Elaine's daughter, Molly, is growing up in 1950's San José, California. She is crushed by