Book Review: A Moment Comes

A Moment Comes CoverBook: A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury

Published June 2013 by Atheneum Books For Young Readers|Pages: 288

Where I Got It: Borrowed from a friend!

Series: None

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Goodreads|Check Out Jennifer Bradbury’s Website

Goodreads Summary: As the partition of India nears in 1947 bringing violence even to Jalandhar, Tariq, a Muslim, finds himself caught between his forbidden interest in Anupreet, a Sikh girl, and Margaret, a British girl whose affection for him might help with his dream of studying at Oxford.

A Moment Comes was a really interesting read for me, for a few different reasons.

One: It’s set during the partition of India, which is something I never heard of until I read this book.  So it was really cool to read something about a period of time I never even knew about.

Two: I love that it’s set in a time and place that I don’t normally read about.  I like historical fiction, but I feel like a lot of the historical fiction I read is in England/Europe/the U.S.  So it’s nice to read something different, as far as historical fiction goes.

And three: I really like that it’s historical fiction that’s for older teens.  I’ve come across quite a few historical fiction books aimed at the younger end of the YA continuum, so it’s nice to read something that’s at the other end.

As for the book itself, I really enjoyed the three narrators.  I don’t always like multiple narrators, but it worked so well for this book, because you get to see all of the involved parties, and what it was like for everyone involved, instead of getting one side.  My only complaint is that there weren’t a lot of chapters told from Anupreet’s perspective, and she mostly appeared whenever Margaret was narrating.  While the book is more about what’s going on in India than any sort of potential romance between any of the characters, I didn’t really get the sense that Tariq was interested in Anupreet.  There is a point where he does something incredibly brave in order to protect her, but I didn’t get any forbidden interest vibes.  Although…she does seem surprised by his interest in her, so…there is that.

You also get glimpses of some of the attacks/violence/camps where people living and how the characters are reacting to what’s going on. I also like that Margaret, Anupreet and Tariq are all so different.  Like I said before, I wish we saw a little more of Anupreet, because I feel like Margaret’s story- as well as Tariq’s- were very well-represented, but we mostly see Anupreet through the eyes of Margaret.  We do get enough of her story and enough of her experiences but part of me wants a little more.

I also liked the glossary at the end of the book.  It defines the words used throughout the book, as well as mentioning the places and food of India.  I also liked the author’s note, and how Bradbury had a Fulbright scholarship in India, and learned of the partition.  And she does explain that the events that happened in Jalandhar, happened all over India.

Final Thoughts: I really liked A Moment Comes!  I definitely want to read a little more about the partition, and I was hoping for more than a couple books listed in the author’s note, because I think it would be interesting to see what books Bradbury used.  A Moment Comes gets 4 stars.


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