Review: The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn

the before now and after then Title: The Before Now and After Then

Author: Peter Monn

Publication: July 28th 2014 by Pen Name Publishing

Rating: ★★★

Source: Netgalley in exhange for a fair review




The title and cover art of this book does not do it justice. It is such an adorable story, one that tells of all sorts of relationship dynamics. It’s not all fun and games either, the story is really emotional and although I didn’t cry, I think it might be a good idea to keep some tissues nearby just in case!

Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.

This book reminded me a little of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The tone of the story was very similar and it deals with hard hitting ‘teen’ subjects. I liked how the main character was gay, along with various other characters, but that wasn’t the ultimate focus of the book. Monn wanted to explore the relationship between two people who had various problems and it just so happened  to be gay.

The only part of this book that I didn’t particularly like was the character development of Cher, the best friend of Danny. Once Danny starts his relationship with Rusty he becomes a seriously crappy friend and mostly ignores her for the rest of the book. I found this extremely annoying as she was such an interesting character!

If you like books such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower or Will Grayson, Will Grayson then you will really enjoy this! Has anyone else read it?

Erin xx


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