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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of Before You Go

    The first thing that caught my eye when it came to the novel Before You Go by author James Preller was the title. It held mystery and immediately had me wondering exactly what the novel held. So, before even reading the novel, I quickly looked on Goodreads to see what the novel was about and when I saw what Before You Go was about I was already hooked. The story sounded like it would be quick-paced, romantic and of course tragic. It was of course, everything I imagined it to be and more.

    The novel began with a prologue of sorts that caught my attention from the first sentence and once it held my attention it never once let go. The start of the novel began with a car accident consisting of four victims with only three survivors out of the four. It forces readers to wonder exactly what just happened and before we can learn too much about the novel, it shoves us into the main character Jude’s life. From what we learn early on, Jude’s younger sister drowned when he was nine and ever since his family had never been the same. With a mother who is dissociating from the world around him and a Dad who I found, acted like nothing was wrong, we see that Jude’s life is far from perfect.

    Taking up a job at a concession stand near the beach, readers see Jude begin his new job and quickly get immersed in the reality of it. His boss was a total jerk. His employees were all awesome-sauce and one of the cashier’s eventually catches his eye and a romance grows. Personally, I liked the romance between Becka and Jude because it was a relationship unlike most in YA. You have this attractive sounding guy main character who has a tragic past and is constantly brooding, and then you have this ray of sunshine for a love interest who Jude just can’t resist. Not to mention that his past does get in the way slightly with his relationship with Becka, causing twists and turns that were a total Epic win.

    The tone of the novel is set from the start, giving it a very dark feel that most YA novels attempt to achieve but never really do. Luckily, Before You Go does achieve that tone considering the way the novel both began with tragedy and at the same time eventually ends with tragedy. This is definitely a novel that I think has no comparison and stands alone in the YA universe.

    While it’s definitely worth a read, I would recommend this novel to fans of YA contemporary and romance with a dark twist. This novel is double rainbow all the way.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Boring, nothing memorable about this one!

    Generally I don't read realistic YA fiction written by male authors (I'm not sexist) it just seems as though it is a predominately female written genre.

    This book was told in two parts. There was the Before and then there was the After Part and the novel itself was written in the third person which isn't my favourite way to read a book because I don't feel the usual connection to the characters.

    We have our main protagonist Jude. He's you're average teenager. Awkward in the eyes of his crush but acting like the man whilst he's around his little crew of friends. I wasn't overly fond of Jude because I just found him to be a little over dramatic especially when it came to the girl he liked.

    Anyway, the novel follows Jude as he experiences a lot of firsts. He gets his first summer job, gets his first girl friend, has his first kiss and loses yet another person he cares about. This is the second tragic death that Jude has experienced. The first was the death of his little sister seven years before. I found Jude to be quite the melancholy character. I do not know if it was the author's intention to make him this way or if that is just how I see him. All I know is that to me he could be right out pompous and depressing so that made the reading of the novel less enjoyable. In fact I had a hard time liking any of the characters.

    However, despite my dislike or plain old "meh" attitude about Jude and his not so merry cast of characters I did find that the actual plot of the novel was well thought out. There was something about it that made me want to keep reading it. Perhaps it's because it wasn't until near the end of the novel that the "After" section started thus leaving the reader with 130+ pages of wondering when the "Big Thing" would happen and start having the book start come together.

    Once the "After" section happened I really thought the book picked up the pace and I believe it was that section that made the book for me. If you read it you might think that that's a little weird that it takes the death of one of the characters to make the book seem worth it to me. I was left wanting more from the characters and the writing emotionally but this novel fell short of my expectations. It was as though that part of the book got a whole new lease on life though it was still too little too late for me to give this YA novel more than a moderate rating.

    The book was entertaining and it kept me interested on the afternoon that I read it long enough to finish it but it was overall quite forgettable. I can see the appeal for a book like this though and I think that people who enjoy YA novels especially teens will enjoy this book. This was just a case of it not being the novel for me. I will however be giving the authors other books a try to see if they are more to my liking.

    * I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

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    This is a great story about letting the past go and learning to

    This is a great story about letting the past go and learning to move on with your life. When something tragic happens, we are changed inside and out. This story tells a tale of learning to become whole again.

    What I enjoyed most about this story are the characters. The growth and change in them is slowly built yet very appreciated by the reader. The struggle of Jude and what he faces leaves me heart broken. To carry such a weight on his shoulders is a lot for a kid. Jude did a great job in facing his past and wanting to make a change in his life.

    The plot of the book flowed nicely. While Jude is facing his past regrets, he is also falling in love. I like that the plot did not rush through the love but rather it grew with the characters. Both characters in love gave the same they need as well the time to learn. The plot also had many plot twist that kept me reading till the ned.

    There's no questions that I loved this love interest. Beautifully formed, the love that is there is the redemption. It eases the pain that held on to Jude for so long. To see him find love, to confess and face his haunting past, the love helps me through it.

    Before You Go is a life changing tale of forgiveness. Jude is an amazing well-written characters who growth is tremendous. Facing a dark past with a partner right next to you is what love is all about. Love fixes all things.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

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    I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked it okay, but it j

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked it okay, but it just felt as if something was missing and I can't quite put a finger on it. The writing is okay, and the characters relatable (though fairly cookie-cutter), I just didn't fully connect with the story.

    Jude's life is pretty uneventful. He and his parents have maneuvered in a fog for the last seven years -- since his little sister drowned when Jude was supposed to be watching her. The summer before his senior year, Jude gets a job working at a burger joint on the beach. It's there that he meets Becca and falls head over heels for her. As the summer drones on, Jude makes more friends and spends more time with Becca. It seems that life is finally looking up for him, until another accident happens that sends Jude into another tail-spin.

    As I said earlier, I didn't find myself emotionally invested in the story. On one hand it made sense, since Jude himself is fairly emotionally unattached in the beginning, but I think I expected to grow closer to him, which I never did. When the second accident takes place, and Jude detaches himself again, I didn't really feel a loss. I understood why he felt the way he did, I just didn't feel it as deeply as I would have liked. All of the characters are fairly believable, though not very three-dimensional. The story itself is filled with a lot of emotional potential, it just left me feeling a little indifferent.

    All in all, the book has a descent story and familiar characters, but it just didn't deliver for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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