Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Between Before & After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry - OPTIONAL

Between Before & After by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, 290 pages.  Blink, 2019.  $18.  

Language: PG (4 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: G



Molly may only be 14, but she usually feels the weight of the world on her shoulders.  Her dad has left and Molly has to care for her little brother as her mother retreats into her research and writing.  When her Uncle Stephen comes to town talking about a miracle that he was a part of and an investigation, 

Even though the main character is young, this is definitely book meant for an older, read adult, audience. I understand why the author set the “present-day” in the 1950’s, but it is such a little known time period, especially for today’s teens, that they will have a hard time relating to the events around Molly’s story.  The historic parts showing life in 1910’s NYC are definitely the highlights.  Suggest this to an adult book group instead a school library.  Content includes the mention of incest, off page sex, unwed pregnancy.

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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