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Before I Go: A Book Club Recommendation! Paperback – July 14, 2015
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"Colleen Oakley takes on the big three--life, death,and love--and delivers a jewel. Before I Go absolutely glows with humor, wit, and compassion. I adore Oakley’s fresh voice and could hardly bear for the book to end." (Lynn Cullen, author of the national bestseller MRS. POE)
"In Before I Go, Oakley address the oft-asked question: if you only had six months to live, what would you do? In her deft hands, what could easily turn maudlin becomes a funny and insightful journey with Daisy, and the love of her life, Jack. If you loved JoJo Moyes' Me Before You, this book is for you." (Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of HIDDEN and FORGOTTEN)
"What would you do if you knew you were dying? This emotional debut and its gutsy heroine will have you laughing through tears and staying up late until you’ve reached the final, fully satisfying page.” (Jennie Shortridge, author of LOVE WATER MEMORY)
“Brilliant in its simplicity, beautiful in its sentiment, heartbreaking in its honesty, Colleen Oakley’s Before I Go takes on one of life’s ultimate cruelties, death before one's time, and makes us believe.” (Susan Crandall, author of WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD)
“BEFORE I GO is a big-hearted tale, with a fresh take on a woman grappling with the inevitable. The characters are approachable, full of wit and humor and--above all else--touching sincerity.” (Suzanne Ridell, author of THE OTHER TYPIST)
"Oakley expertly tugs at the heartstrings with well-rounded characters and a liberal dose of gallows humor." (Publishers Weekly)
"Highly recommended for laugh-out-loud fans and the tearjerker set." —Library Journal (Library Journal)
"This emotional novel will make readers laugh through their tears." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Oakley has produced an affecting work that, while avoiding maudlin sentimentality, makes the reader care about Daisy and her determination to live while dying.” (Booklist)
“Author Oakley has set herself a tricky balancing act here, blending a comic sensibility with the depth and poignancy her subject requires. She pulls it off.” (People)
About the Author
Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer and author of the novel Before I Go. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor in chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie Claire. Close Enough to Touch is her second novel.
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It's all a little to far fetched for me to overwhelmingly recommend it. It would be a good light read if it wasn't about such a sad subject, that it at times pokes fund at.
It is a serious subject requiring compelling characters. Unfortunately, Daisy and Jack are not. She is weepy, sentimental, and overly sensitive, while he is self-centered, distant, and disconnected. Their marriage seems rather flaky. Her decision to find her husband a girlfriend seems bizarre and her handling of that mission is ridiculous. There are not a whole lot of useful lessons for her situation in this book. There is a definite chick-lit vibe.
This book never got boring for me. The writing is flawless and smooth and not over the top. The character development was easy and they are connecting. I felt a close connection to them right from the start. Daisy and Jack are the people next door. Daisy loves Jack with such selflessness and conviction. I cry with this book and felt the twinge of heartache.
This is an easy read an awesome one to squeeze in for a good heartfelt, heartwarming read that will stick with you and capture a permanent part of your heart.