Release Date: 29th July, 2014
Publisher: Pen Name Publishing
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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 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.
From a book with such an interesting blurb I was expecting so much more than what I got. The Before Now and After Then sets out to be, and in a way mostly achieves, a sweet story about coming out and falling in love for the first time. It kind of feels like Peter Monn wanted his book to be the LGBT equivalent of those sweet, kind of cheesy teenage romance novels that feature heterosexual couples and for that reason I think this book should have a place on library bookshelves; gay teenagers should be able to find romances that they can relate to.