2022 Winner of the Oregon Book Award for Children's Literature
by Jennie Englund
In journal entries alternating between two timelines — before and after a tragic accident — Jennie Englund's heartfelt coming-of-age story, Taylor Before and After follows the year that changes one girl's life forever.
Before, Taylor Harper is finally popular, sitting with the cool kids at lunch, and maybe, just maybe, getting invited to the biggest, most exclusive party of the year.
After, no one talks to her.
Before, she's friends with Brielle Branson, the coolest girl in school.
After, Brielle has become a bully, and Taylor's her favorite target.
Before, home isn't perfect, but at least her family is together.
After, Mom won't get out of bed, Dad won't stop yelling, and Eli...
Through everything, Taylor has her notebook, a diary of the year that one fatal accident tears her life apart. In entries alternating between the first and second semester of her eighth-grade year, she navigates joy and grief, gain and loss, hope and depression.
How can Taylor pick up the pieces of what used to be her social life? How can her house ever feel like home again after everything that's happened? And how can she move forward if she can't stop looking back?
The Oregon Book Awards are presented annually by Literary Arts, Inc. for the finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in the genres of Fiction, Poetry, Graphic Literature, Literary Nonfiction, Drama, and Young Readers Literature.