Reviewed by me for Reader’s Favorite.
There is only one word that would do justice with Natalie Hanson’s Every Moment and Not a Second More: Wow! What an amazing and spellbinding plot. The book revolves around six major characters (Emily, her father (Warren Higga), Colby, James, Charlemagne (aka Mac), Gi) and other very strong supporting characters. Although these characters seemed like individuals with their own place in the book, they were all tied together magnificently in the plot. Emily is thirty-six years old single woman who has lost the direction in her life and is very confused. Her father, Mr. Higga, built a very successful business from scratch and the thought of her daughter spending away her life doing nothing worthwhile haunts him. On the other hand, his constant interference in Emily’s life bothers her to the core.
While the father-daughter duo struggles in understanding each other, the other characters have several struggles of their own. James, for instance, has been severely depressed due to the behavior of his team of post-docs. His whole group ignores him completely, but Gi, a girl in his team, hurts him the most. He doesn’t understand what had he done to deserve such a vengeance-filled reaction from her, but she always seems out to get him. When the story about Gi’s life starts, then only the readers would get to understand her perspective. That knowledge may or may not justify her actions, but it would be intriguing nonetheless.
Then comes the part about Colby and Mac’s constant fall-outs. Colby gets annoyed at the very sight of Mac. Actually, no! He doesn’t even recognize Mac. His annoyance comes whenever he sees Mac’s drag version, Charlemagne. Charlemagne, who is in her sixties, does not understand what could she have possibly done that made Colby spit fire at her at their every chance meetings. Just when a reader would tag Colby as a jerk racist, the author would reveal the human side of Colby.
The book has many elements that work in its favor. My favorite ones among those are the stimulating story-telling and genius character building. Natalie Hanson is a gifted writer. She knows exactly how to trap her readers into a gripping plot. The characters seem so simple in the beginning. It felt as if I understood each of them just when they were introduced; however, soon I realized how cleverly the author played me. There is a lesson there as well; we cannot judge anyone entirely by their actions, we must know their whole story to actually understand their perception. Every Moment and Not a Second More is a fabulous read that caught my attention and refused to let go. I lost track of time and knew that I would not let go of this book before knowing how everyone’s lives turned out in the end.
I loved this book and would recommend it to the readers who enjoy books with drama, intrigue, and excellent characters. It has it all. It is about you, me and everybody else. This book teaches about perception, love, respect, and honor.