The Before Now and After Then
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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.

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Peter Monn is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where he lives with his dashing husband Alex and their brood of dogs named after their favorite literary muses. He is known for being one half of the infamous celebrity interview team, http://raannt.com, as well as being a Huffington Post Gay Voices guest blogger. Besides being a life coach, a dreamer, a romantic, a moon-child and a lover of carnivals, night swimming and driving around late at night, he is also a writer.

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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.

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This is undoubtedly one of the best books I have read so far. Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin trying to explain why this book is everything I love and more. I was reading this on my Kindle and I have never highlighted and bookmarked pages as much as I did when I was reading this. It was JUST SO GOOD! - Laurel May, GoodReads

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I was pleasantly surprised by this read and really enjoyed the writing style, great story-telling and thought that overall it was a brilliant debut that touches on a lot of issues in a thoughtful and delicate way. Really looking forward to reading more by this author and would recommend this book to fans of LGBT fiction, fiction that focuses on the themes of bullying and first love, or for anyone who's ever been a teenager and felt a bit lost.


Sep 01, 2014Sandra rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, young-adult, hearts-on-fire-reviews, tear-jerker, contemporary, little-or-no-sex, coming-of-age
4.5 stars Holy crap, the Feelz! Get your box of tissues ready for this one. This is a wonderful story about life and loss and being young. The struggles that come with trying to find yourself, and the fact that it's okay if you haven't. It made me miss my crazy eccentric magenta haired high-school friends, and at the same time thank fucking God that high school is over.

Coquille Fleur rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, twins, ya
Peter Monn's debut novel is amazingly rich and full of life. While technically this novel is geared toward young adults, it's one of those books adults can appreciate just as much. The characters are real, with problems and dreams and all the crazy baggage that makes them seem so true to life. I love Uncle Alex, the famous uncle who wrote the great American indie novel, yet is still struggling with his own past and Cher, Danny's kooky best friend whose bravado belies a sensitive girl with a big secret. Danny himself is pretty awesome, even though it takes him the whole book to come to grips with his life. He is just so real and so Peter. As someone who knew this author back in the day, I can see the truth behind many of the events detailed in the story, but as a master plotter, Peter wove a universal tale from the threads of his own life that will live on in literature. I love that this book exists, not just for the gay boys out there who are still being treated like crap in schools across America, but for everyone who has ever struggled to make sense out of the hand life has dealt them. It's all about the details and the shiny moments that live in our memories. The Before Now and After Then is one of the best novels I've read this year. Highly recommended for teens, parents, and anyone who has dared to really love someone. Plus, the songs alone would make a killer soundtrack.
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