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Before the Ever After de Jacqueline Woodson

Before the Ever After (edição: 2020)

de Jacqueline Woodson (Autor)

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Título:Before the Ever After
Autores:Jacqueline Woodson (Autor)
Informação:Nancy Paulsen Books (2020), 176 pages
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Before the Ever After de Jacqueline Woodson


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Jacqueline Woodson's novel in verse, Before the Ever After, explores the effects of head injuries in sports through the eyes of a son as he watches his father struggle with memory loss, mood swings, and the lack of support from the sports' organizers. The crisp writing, so characteristic of Woodson, speaks to kids and tweens perfectly. While this may not be a book that young readers gravitate to independently, this would be an excellent choice for family or classroom reading. Recommended! ( )
  MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
"When you love a thing, little man, my dad said,
you gotta love it with everything you got.
Till you can't even tell where that thing you love begins and where you end."

Before the Ever After, a middle grade novel in verse, by Jacqueline Woodson was May's book club pick for #WeLoveMGLit. This one had me all in my feels. What really sucked me in was that is was written from the perspective of ZJ, a 12 year old boy who is watching his father, an NFL hero deteriorate because of concussions right before his eyes. Everyone else sees their idol but he just sees his dad, the man he loves hurting and changing.

The book reads like his personal diary and love letter to his dad. He documents what it was like before and after the diagnosis that doesn't come. Everyone else wonders when his dad will play again but ZJ is grappling with the fact that his dad and their entire family will never be the same again. ZJ is confused by what he sees but he manages to stay hopeful, loving, and supportive. He holds on to music because it is the tie that bonds him to his father just like before.

I love that this book opened the door to a greater conversation about CTE and athletes. I'm happy the author didn't shy away from a complex topic and left it open ended. Enough is known about CTE for athletic organizations to start taking action to protect players physically and financially. Life doesn't end for them once the stop playing sports. Black athletes matter!

Final thoughts on this one:

🏈 The NFL needs to care more about Black athletes' wellbeing than their bottom line.
🏈 CTE is affecting athletes in different contact sports and more funding, awareness and research is needed.
🏈 Black athletes are human beings first with every day lives and people who love them.
🏈 Watching a family member deteriorate mentally and physically with no clear diagnosis or treatment is heartbreaking.
🏈 Toxic masculinity keeps players saying "They're ok" when they are obviously not.
🏈 What is left to be said about an athletic farm system that targets low income Black and Brown kids for bloodsport and then discards them when they are no longer useful? ( )
  Booklover217 | May 31, 2021 |
This book is for middle school readers. It's about a father that played football that had too many head injuries. The son tells the story and how it changes his family's life. This is a moving story that can put things into perspective. This book has sports, music, and father-son relationships that some may enjoy reading about. ( )
  BreeGaska | Apr 30, 2021 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 4-8

Plot Summary: ZJ thrives in his home, with his very loving mom and dad, with his supportive friends who are always there for him and like him for him, not because his dad is one of the best football players playing, and with his music. ZJ has been rapping most of his life and loves to sing with his dad. But one day when his friends are over, his dad acts strange, yelling at ZJ and his friends in a very confused manner. It's totally unlike him, and Zachariah gets worse and worse, with fits of anger, confusion, and major headaches. ZJ is confused and hurt. Some days his dad doesn't even acknowledge him anymore or seem to know who he is, and other days he seems like a glimpse of who he was, calling ZJ little man and singing together. ZJ is confused. So is his mom, but she is pushing for the best care. She thinks the doctors know more than they're telling them. Could it be all of hits to the head that Zachariah has gotten in his football career that's causing this? Will their family ever go back to normal?

Setting: 1999, football city, unnamed I think but one of the coasts because the doctors are on the other coast?, place where leaves drop their leaves

ZJ - AKA Junior, AKA Little Man
Lisa - ZJ's mom, loving, doting, devoted, starts by protecting ZJ and using humor to make them feel better
Zachariah - ZJs dad,
Ollie, Darry, Daniel - ZJ's tight-knit group of friends, they each have their own personality and talent such as skateboarding or trick biking, interpersonal, or dancing, always there for each other

Recurring Themes: football, fame, family, loving home, music, rap, guitar,

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: This book stayed with me. It was so well written, although the way it's written in verse does require quite a bit of inferencing, especially with some flashbacks in the very beginning. I absolutely love that ZJ's family is so warm, connect, honest, and loving. The family seriously oozes love and respect. There's a lot to discuss here.

Genre: historical fiction (1999-early 2000s)

Pacing: fast, written in verse
Characters: each individual is well developed, although for ZJ to have incredibly talented-in-different-ways-friends is a little unlikely

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