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Before the Ever After

af Jacqueline Woodson

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A novel in verse that invokes emotion as only Woodson and Lockard could in dealing with the subject matter of football head injuries and long term ramifications. The book is from the perspective of the player's 11-12 year old son who is trying to cope with what is happening to his father, why it is happening, finding solace in his friends, his music, memories and family. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
A novel in verse about a boy, ZJ, who sees his professional football father impacted by brain injury. The family is scared and in crisis, relishing good days, and seeking support for bad. ZJ has a strong friendship good and the book models how to support friends in crisis. ( )
  ewyatt | Aug 27, 2021 |
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 |
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