The Moment Before

The Moment Before


Author’s Name: Suzy Vitello

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The Synopsis

“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.

The Moment Before is the story of Brady who has recently lost her sister in a cheerleading accident. She’s trying to come to terms with the her sister’s absence, and her family is crumbling. She and whole of the school blames Connor, the boy who missed on catching her sister because of drugs. But soon her grief brings her closer to her sister’s life which shows her a different story.

The book talks about the need to prove oneself, the insecurities of the youth, and the extent to which one is ready to sacrifice oneself for the sake of that picture-perfect life.

What I liked

Language of the book: As I said in my previous post of Thursday Quotables, there are some beautiful passages in the books. My favorite passage in the book apart from those mentioned in the previous post is:

We’re quiet for a few moments, gazing out at the spectacle of feeding frenzy. The pelicans lift and lower. Like cheerleaders. All together. Choreographed perfection. Riding the tide, then beating their massive wings, and rising, rising, hovering, and then crashing down again, the “U” of them. Standing at the water’s edge with my parents, I decide that my sister has joined those birds. If it’s true what Nona says, and she’s waiting for her call from God from that green room limbo place, knowing Sabine , she’s not just sitting there. She’s with these pelicans, one eye on us, her former family. Maybe she sees the baggie of ashes dangling from Dad’s fingertips. Her bill full of herring. Hungry, as always.

The Mystery: I didn’t even once felt that I know what is coming next. The fabric of the story is very finely woven. I was intrigued to know what exactly the truth is. 

The Message Conveyed:  This isn’t a preachy book. I am not sure if anybody will find a message in the story, but for me, it was the portrayal of that need to be on the top, the story on the peer pressure which makes us accept everything to keep our image untarnished. The race of acceptance and fame is so strong in teenagers, or even adults, we forget that our lives are not supposed to revolve around pleasing the world. This book touches all those instances and some more.

What irked me

The Ending: The whole story moved with an even pace, letting us feel and live the Brady’s life. But the last chapter closed everything quite hastily. I understand the need for the happy ending and closure for everyone, but it should have been a bit more detailed, a little bit more slower.

Romance Between Connor and Brady:  The chemistry between Connor and Brady is well shown, but the beginning of those sparks, the initial interactions between them, felkt quite abrupt to me.

Overall Opinion

This book could have been better if the beginning of their romance was a bit more defined, but despite this flaw, it’s an  enjoyable read. The writing is absolutely fantastic. It hooked me with its plot mystery and interesting character of Brady.


Three Stars



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