I was left wanting more from the characters and the writing emotionally but this novel fell short of my expectations. So while I found some of the writing to be breathtakingly beautiful, as it was almost lyrical in its expressiveness, I also found it could have used just a little more depth to further my connection with Jude. A relatively short read, I really liked Before You Go. I will say that I thought some of the book had this sort of literary pretentiousness, like it sounded like it was trying really hard to be literary and while I enjoy literary, sometimes it just doesn't work. I'm also on the TeenBoard and I love working with all the awesome people who are a part of this website. Little does he know another tragedy is about to change his life even more.
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. Do mushrooms go dull in the rain? Or I would have if I were an alien pod person just visiting Earth for the first time. I thought this was on my to-read list but it's not and I don't think I'll add it but I so enjoyed your review. Before You Go is a really sad book, and there's a bit of a twist to it that made it even sadder than I expected— but somehow none of that really manage to tear my heart out. I found Jude to be quite the melancholy character. I disliked the main character. Since it's such a quick read, however, I didn't get the chance to grow tired of it, nor can I say I downright disliked it.
The heart too was an organ. Awkward in the eyes of his crush but acting like the man whilst he's around his little crew of friends. An omniscient and mostly numb protagonist did distance me as a reader, but being well-paced, I found Before You Go to be a mostly enjoyable read. In fact I would say that this book reads quite a lot like an instruction manual on teenagers and pop-culture, as written by an alien pod person. Anyway, the novel follows Jude as he experiences a lot of firsts. If you guys haven't check out this website then I highly recommend it.
Jude has the biggest guilt to deal with since he believes that he is to blame for his sister's death. In Before You Go, Jude is described as having his wisdom teeth out as a child. Since this book basically has no plot whatsoever, I highly doubt that I could even finish it. He grew up in Wantagh, New York and went to college in Oneonta, New York. So while I found some of the writing to be breathtakingly beautiful, as it was almost lyrical in its expressiveness, I also found it could have used just a little more depth to further my connection with Jude. The cover jumped at me telling me I had to read the book. The message is cute too.
I stood by and listened to them squabble like two clucking hens. I honestly was saying through the entire book, that I was completely bored. Jude was moody, awkward and just plain boring sometimes. I disliked the main character. Even though, at times I felt like two authors wrote this book, I really did enjoy the beginning and end to this novel.
You know that someone lives, but you don't know their names. He gets his first summer job, gets his first girl friend, has his first kiss and loses yet another person he cares about. It created some distance between me as a reader and Jude as a character, as I wasn't fully able to relate to him even though I understood his motives. Join discussions about your favorite books and enter to win more in our monthly giveaways. 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 love how Sting is all.
Thanks for you awesome review, Giselle! Their relationship was inspiring and really beautiful. Well, the short answer is: I have no idea. Before You Go is a gorgeously written tale about the kind of heartbreak that only comes with the passing of a loved one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, muffin! All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way. If you had to pick three words to describe the book, what would they be? She's also the mind behind. In a few short words, this novel is about nothing. Jude still blames himself for his sister's death, he's simply living one day at a time, then he meets a girl.
At numerous points throughout the book there are car rides with the correct number of people in the vehicle and I had to keep wondering. There are feelings, feelings get hurt. Seven years later, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. She flirts with another guy and he feels like he has the right to be angry with her? Does he have an epiphany that changes his way of thinking? Right away, you know First Impressions: This wasn't a book I knew much about, but the little description on Netgalley sounded good, so I thought I would check it out. I totally agree… short books are really hard to get into. And then, life spins out of control. Now, Jude is finally The summer before his senior year, Jude yes, he's named after the Beatles song gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents.
This is what I'm giving credit for the 3 stars. He grew up in Wantagh, New York and went to college in Oneonta, New York. Feeling guilt over his sister's tragic death, he distances himself from almost everyone in his life. Take it down a notch. She loves reading books, blogging about books, chatting about books, and smelling books.
Overall, I liked Before You Go. Think of the children, my darling. It was really well done and I think added a bit of mystery and thrill to the book. Life couldn't be better, until one night, everything is ruined. The opening scene which details the car accident has to be one of my favourite scenes of late. And then, life spins out of control. While so much of the grief is dramatic and big actions, the love story is subtle and moving.