Taylor Before and After
Taylor Before and After
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Annotation: "Taylor Before and After tells the story of middle schooler Taylor Harper through journal entries alternating between two timelines: before and after a drunk driving accident, in which Taylor Harper was a passenger--and her brother was the driver.Before, Taylor was finally becoming popular, navigating the pressures of friends, frenemies, and a cut-throat initiation challenge by the coolest girl in school. After, she finds herself ostracized, bullied, and facing the glaring silence of things unsaid at school (and at home).Debut author Jennie Englund writes with compassion and empathy, moving fluidly from effervescence to quiet refl
Catalog Number: #209105
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Macmillan
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 314 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-17187-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-17187-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019932863
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up A story is told in journal entries that flash forward and back in time involving an unnamed tragedy. Taylor lives in Oahu. Transplanted from Oregon three years earlier thanks to her father's new job teaching at a college, Taylor's family has not found the move easy. Her mother, who experiences depressive episodes, now does not get out of bed. Taylor's brother, Eli, and her emotionally distant father are in conflict. Eli has discovered surfing and cuts class in order to find the perfect wave. Taylor has had trouble fitting in, but is happy when the seventh grade alpha female grants her entry into her circle of friends. The disjointed narrative in this compelling debut shifts between "before" to "after," and is appropriately disorienting. Readers slowly piece together what Taylor herself is barely able to articulate. Her dysfunctional home situation leaves Taylor with no mooring. Both parents are emotionally unavailable and her beloved brother has betrayed her. Taylor herself can't help but be affected by the fallout and makes some poor decisions. But she is resilient and introspective. VERDICT Readers will root for Taylor as they read her honest musings. Mild swearing and the sophisticated structure of this fascinating coming-of-age story make this better suited for a thoughtful upper middle grade reader. Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ
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Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (2/1/20)
Word Count: 60,740
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 506776 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 690L

In journal entries alternating between two timelines--before and after a tragic accident--Jennie Englund's heartfelt coming-of-age story, Taylor Before and After follows the year that changes one girl's life forever. Before , Taylor Harper is finally popular, sitting with the cool kids at lunch, and maybe, just maybe, getting invited to the biggest, most exclusive party of the year. After , no one talks to her. Before , she's friends with Brielle Branson, the coolest girl in school. After , Brielle has become a bully, and Taylor's her favorite target. Before , home isn't perfect, but at least her family is together. After , Mom won't get out of bed, Dad won't stop yelling, and Eli... Eli's gone. Through everything, Taylor has her notebook, a diary of the year that one fatal accident tears her life apart. In entries alternating between the first and second semester of her eighth-grade year, she navigates joy and grief, gain and loss, hope and depression. How can Taylor pick up the pieces of what used to be her social life? How can her house ever feel like home again after everything that's happened? And how can she move forward if she can't stop looking back? An Imprint Book Powerful... A resonant look at coming-of-age. -- Kirkus Reviews A Junior Library Guild Selection

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