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Looking in your eyes, Seeing all Ineed. Everything you are, Is everything to me. And these are the moments, I know heaven mustexist. I could not ask for more than this timetogether, I could ask for more than this time with you. Every prayer has been answered, Every dream I'vehad's come true. Right here in this moment, Isright where that I meant to be. Ohh here with you, herewith me.

And these are the moments, I'll rememberall my life. I've got all I've Waited for, And I could not ask for more. I could not ask formore than this time together, I could ask for more thanthis time with you. Every prayer has been answered, Every dream I've had's come true. Right here inthis moment, Is right where that I meant to be. In truth, the book reads well through both lenses--which really is not a detriment as young adult and new adult are pretty much Irish twins in the literary world. But there is something much more interesting when it comes to genres here.

Wendy is a devout Catholic. In fact, she meets Simon--and most of the secondary characters--at a youth retreat. Wendy's faith is important, not just in terms of character development, but also in terms of plot. While this book is not "preachy" in the least, the presence of this character's faith would cause any major publisher to slap a "Christian" title on it. But, there is also a lot of drinking, some illusions to drug use, implied sex, and a whole army of f-bombs here--none of which any publisher would allow in a work of "Christian" fiction and pretty much all of it was important to the story.

So, if Bravo had gone the "traditional" publishing route, she would either have had to take out Wendy's spirituality, which would have flattened the main character, or taken out all the other stuff, which would have flattened all the other characters and sucked the life out of the world she created. By self-publishing, she wasn't forced to conform to one genre or another and her story benefited from it. There was one aspect of this book that didn't work for me.

I really felt that this story should have been told in the first person voice. As it is, Bravo uses a close third person point of view, much like you would find in a book where the narrative shifts between two characters--which is what I thought this story would be when I started it isn't--and that's a good thing! My guess is that Bravo probably would have been more successful using Wendy as a narrator.

As it was, there were several points in the book where I was suddenly reminded that the book was in third person and I thought that Bravo had switched viewpoints on me--which resulted in my re-reading sections and interrupting the flow of the book. However, that really is a small point against all the other strengths of the novel and, I'm a critical reader, so many readers may not even pick up on it.

I was wonderfully surprised by this book and now consider myself a Jenny Bravo fan and I urge readers to brave the world of self-published novels to read this gem. Jun 24, Victoria Two Vloggers More rated it liked it. These are the Moments by Jenny Bravo is a contemporary story that is basically about a girl named Wendy who has left college and is lost on her path in life.

One of her best friends is getting married and this brings up memories of her first love, who happens to be the grooms' best-man. The story is told in alternating chapters, one from the current POV and one in a flashback. The now and then style of writing makes for an interesting format as we see the characters in the current time of their These are the Moments by Jenny Bravo is a contemporary story that is basically about a girl named Wendy who has left college and is lost on her path in life.

The now and then style of writing makes for an interesting format as we see the characters in the current time of their lives, and then in their pasts, looking at who they once were. We get to see Wendy having to deal with running into Simon, her past-love, and how she deals with that, as well as having the responsibility of being what basically amounts to the maid-of-honour.

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We see their friendship grow and watch as they fall in love and go through various things that people go through in relationships. It spans from their meeting right through to Simon leaving college. I read this over the course of a few weeks and found it a little tough to get into initially.

Eventually it hooked me and from then on I found that it was enjoyable at its core and that the writing was well done. There were, however, some things missing from the story that I feel should have been there in order to really peak my interest in the plot and some of the characters. Specifically, I felt there should have been more time put into some of the side characters who inevitably were left feeling somewhat two-dimensional. It is a fun, nice contemporary novel though, with an ending that feels more relatable and realistic, and I feel many people will enjoy that aspect and appreciate the way the writing speaks to them.

The family dynamics in the story were really well done too. Overall, it was entertaining if a little hard to get through, and I would recommend it to people who enjoy contemporary novels with college aged characters. May 04, Laurence R. I loved, loved, loved it. It's a ten out of five. From the very beginning, I knew this was going to be one of my favorite books. I loved the characters and I could relate to them so much sometimes that I felt like crying. I really cared and still do about Simon and Wendy's relationship, because their love is insanely cute and lovely and adorable and bittersweet.

Having absolutely no experience in relationships, I have this perfect vision of love and how it changes your life, and while this book didn't help me get rid of my fantasies about love, it made me realize that love isn't everything.

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No matter how hard and sad it can be, love cannot excuse everything, which is a very good thing to learn. Besides the romance in this book, I loved the relationships with Wendy's friends and family. Claudia, her sister, becomes a lot more important to Wendy when they both start to find ways to mend their broken hearts and no matter how painful it is to them, watching their trust grow bigger and bigger was touching. She was definitely one of my favorite characters. Wendy also has great friends, although I must admit I prefer Reese much more than Vivian.

This is the kind of stories than make you wish for a very small, tight group of friends like theirs. I really enjoyed the writing style and the "Then" and "Now" parts. It made everything so much easier to understand, even if there is still a lot that isn't explicitly mentionned. The paintings made by Wendy match a lot of the "Then" moments, which made them dearer to me and made me wish I could see them. I think the moments retold are all important to the story and I loved reading every single one of them. The only parts that left me a bit puzzled were the text messages, because sometimes I didn't understand how exactly some things could be said by text, like when Wendy stops Simon in the middle of a sentence.

I just didn't get it. But I almost forgot to add it to this review, so it really didn't matter. Seriously, I had no idea how much this book would mean to me when I picked it up, but I have to admit that reading it was amazing. I honestly recommend it to every single one of you. Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Nov 23, Briana rated it it was amazing.

Full review to follow. May 31, Jamie Books and Ladders rated it really liked it Shelves: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Originally posted on Books and Ladders Oh gosh, this one hit super close to home. I had a relationship just like this and it still burns and stings every once in a while.

Especially when a book so poetically written stirs up old memories. Jenny Bravo takes a story that most people have expectations for and turns them on their head. Honestly, if I hadn't lived through it, I would have been left with a gi Disclaimer: Honestly, if I hadn't lived through it, I would have been left with a giant wtf at the ending.

I'm also sitting here trying to not make this one too personal but it felt personal. It felt as thought I was reading my story from an outsiders perspective. The writing of the "Then" and "Now" had the potential to make me not like the book, but they were so cleverly linked together that I enjoyed them and was actually anticipating the jump between the two so I could see what was next in store for Wendy and Simon.

I liked the parallel between Wendy and Claudia -- and their relationship as it developed over the course of the story. It is stated that they aren't really close because of the age gap, but heartbreaks bring everyone together and that is what happens for these two sisters. Vivian and Reese were both so interesting and I was fully invested in each of their stories as well. I was rooting for everyone to get what they wanted. It did feel as though Vivian was one end of the spectrum of Wendy's life at the beginning of the story and Reese was the other, while Wendy was stuck somewhere in the middle until she made a choice and created an entirely new path for herself.

I don't think I can discuss the relationship between Wendy and Simon and do it justice for why it was so realistic and depicted how things build up to be so much and then just fizzle out while still lingering.

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But it made me cry and let out things I have been holding onto for years. And it is important to have hope and to hold your chin up high and let go as much as possible. It is hard to do that sometimes when you don't know what will happen, especially if you are settled into a good routine. But it is possible and sometimes it is necessary, and Wendy shows the reader that and so much more.

This one really hit home for me. It was like getting a glimpse into how the past six years of my life have played out and made me realize that maybe it is okay to finally move on. May 20, Kristen Kieffer rated it it was amazing Shelves: You know when you're riding a rollercoaster, and you feel terribly alive but also a little nauseous? When you're spinning, flying, whirling It's fun, and then it's gutting. By the end, you're just ready to get off. But then you do, and you take a breath of fresh air, and the world suddenly seems too real and too close and too fast.

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  6. You want to be on that coaster again, This book, man. You want to be on that coaster again, getting lost in its easy escape from reality. You want to be taken on another journey, another thrill, even if it is a little uncomfortable at times. Because it's worth it. That is the closest I can come to describing the magic of These Are the Moments. Jenny Bravo does an incredible job of crafting genuine, human people. Not mere shadows of life.

    Raw and real and gut-wrenching. This book cut deep in so many ways, and in so many moments, yet the second I finished I was ready to pick it up again. In Japan, Kintsugi is the practice of repairing broken pottery by re-attaching the shards with a golden lacquer. And that is exactly what Ms. Bravo has done in writing this book. Too many people claim that they can never be broken, and that is simply not true. Bravo proves that life can and most likely will break you. More accurately put, other people will break you.

    It is how we choose to repair ourselves once we have been broken that determines our true beauty. In TATM, Wendy has been broken time and time again by her love for a boy who just can't seem to get it right. Years later, when she comes face to face with him once again, Wendy must choose whether she will stay broken or find a way to re-attach the shards of her life. She finds her gold, the moments of her life that once seemed so painful, and in painting them back together, Wendy discovers how to be whole again. And that is life's ultimate moment.

    Three cheers and five stars! Bravo's incredible piece of art! May 04, Ema rated it really liked it. In a way, this book tells a bittersweet story that won't quite ever end. It'll keep you reading and intrigued until the final scene. Even adults could love this honest story. This story was told through alternating chapters in the past and the present.

    While this took a little time to get involved in, it ended up feeling very effective and made the parallels very clear. This was an effective way to communicate the message of the story. This felt like a real relationship and there were so many mome In a way, this book tells a bittersweet story that won't quite ever end. This felt like a real relationship and there were so many moments that really hurt me while it hurt Wendy and Simon.

    Bravo wrote very simply but conveyed the emotions in a very deep way. While this didn't follow the traditional model of literary romances, I enjoyed the way this book told an honest story.

    It took me a few chapters to get into this book--we were thrown in with very little introduction to the main characters, so navigating through them in the past and the present was challenging. I didn't feel like I got a solid impression of Wendy's two best friends until halfway through the book. Vivian especially provided a very good foil for Wendy. Wendy's relationship with her younger sister, Claudia, provided an engaging backdrop for the story.

    They had a big age gap, yet were going through similar experiences, and Wendy was expected to be a role model. I'm frustrated with the ending, but I'll survive. I'd still reread this--multiple times. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. May 19, Laura. Original review posted on www. Cut to ten years later and their lives have taken separate paths. Both have graduated from college and while Wendy returned to her hometown, Simon took a job traveling. Now the question is Original review posted on www. Now the question is are they meant to be or is their epic love in the past?

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    Wow, what a story. Please do yourself a favor and get past the first four confusing chapters and into the story. The story alternates between Then and Now with the two time frames meeting up at the wedding. The alternation of the chapters is a little disconcerting at first, but then it serves as a way to draw out the suspense. As something is getting really good it switches back and gives you more nuance as it draws you in further. Those fans of the tv show Arrow will know exactly what I am talking about. The supporting cast of characters are solidly fleshed out and serve to move the story further.

    This is not the typical love story in all the right ways.

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    An extremely impressive debut novel. Jenny Bravo is an author with a great deal of potential and I will happily await her next book. This is a brilliant, relatable story of Wendy and Simon. It is the story we all know, one we have all lived - the cat-and-mouse, the 'challenge,' the innate need to want what you can't have, then when you get it, it isn't so shiny and new any more Whether you are a Wendy or a Simon in this book, you will be shaking your head yes, and have your heart broken over and over. Without giving any spoilers away, the ending was my favorite - but it took me a few minutes of This is a brilliant, relatable story of Wendy and Simon.

    Without giving any spoilers away, the ending was my favorite - but it took me a few minutes of reflection to get over my initial reaction. I know why Bravo ended it the way she did - the way she could have but didn't - and it gives me so, SO much respect for her work and insight. I would love to book-club-talk about the underlying issues in this novel.

    For a debut, Bravo creates something profound and wise, sucking you into a recognizable world that will gut you and elate you at the same time. I can't say enough great things about her writing, just go read it maybe while eating a tub of chocolate ice-cream , thank me later. May 04, Laura Baggaley rated it it was amazing. I was so excited to find a book about twenty somethings that was so relatable to my life. Wendy moped, and when she moped, she devoted her entire being to it. She found that sitting around feeling sorry for herself suited her much better, thank you very much.

    For Wendy, vacations meant beaches with white sand. Maybe a book and a virgin margarita. Like Mom was trying to send her away to get all whole and healed. Yet there she was, sitting on a bus, shivering under a blast of cold air and hating everything. Wendy liked the laughing, the way that people went out of their way to say hello to her, and she liked that she was leaving home. It made her feel like she was grabbing onto high school with both hands and giving it a good kick in the stomach.

    She plopped down beside Wendy, smacking gum in her face. Wendy and God were cool. He was like a favorite pillow, that place she could lay down her thoughts at night. At the front of the bus, a small group huddled over the aisle. All of them shouting, ignoring the shushing of chaperones. Reese draped herself over the seat on the edge of the group. He wore a crumpled flannel button-down over a gray t-shirt, his hair a streak of jet black across his forehead.

    He looked up, saw Wendy and paused. Fresh thumbs, if you will. Everybody looked to her, including a blonde boy situated between two girls in a nearby row. He was the only one who stared directly into her eyes. The leader, Owen Landry, paired Wendy with the irrelevant blonde girl. She smiled at Wendy with half of her face, her dry lips breaking, releasing tiny droplets of blood. Freckle Girl, should you win, you will advance through the bracket.

    The serious boy counted them off. Blondie used her thumb like a noodle, throwing it around spastically, right, left, circles. Wendy rolled her eyes.

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    Eventually, her thumb cramped from all the flailing, and Wendy pinned her with the ease of cracking a knuckle. Owen rolled his eyes and called her a fascist. He recovered quickly, pairing Wendy with the other girl sitting beside the blonde boy. This girl, called Redhead, switched seats with Blondie. The serious boy, unfazed by the switch, chatted up Blondie, who tossed her hair and hyena-laughed at his every word. She winced through the whole game and said things like oh, close one and near miss , as if this were a serious competition.

    Need me to walk you through it? On the other, Wendy doubted he would back down from a fight. Might as well be to a professional. Now that he was in front of her, Wendy noticed all of the little things about him. Like when he smiled, his ears lifted a little. And she could read his tee-shirt now: But what she noticed the most, what she actively told herself to not look at, were how deep his eyes were up-close. The hooded blue of them bore into her, from behind layers and layers of eyes.