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One Last Thing Before I Go

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  14,743 Ratings  ·  1,858 Reviews
“Mistakes have been made.”

Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she care
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ebook, 336 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Dutton Adult (first published 2009)
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switterbug (Betsey)
Silver is forty-four, a former drummer with the one-hit-wonder band, The Bent Daisies. After the front man/vocalist, Pat Mcreedy, left them and went solo, they tanked, dried up, and disbanded. Now Silver is a notch above broke, and his ex-wife, Denise is about to get married to the doctor who wants to perform life-saving surgery on him. But Silver is about the most passively suicidal guy you may meet in fiction.

Silver lives on his royalty checks from the song, “Rest in Pieces,” or plays Bar Mitz
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Kelli
Nov 08, 2015 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-fiction, audio
It may have been a mistake listening to two Jonathon Tropper books in a row. Perhaps had I listened to this one first, I may have liked it better. Maybe if I had read rather than listened to it? This one didn't work for me. It wasn't awful but it didn't have the insight, honesty, or hilarity I have to come to expect from this author. 2.5 stars, sadly.
Charlotte
I came to this book off a high from reading (and loving) another Jonathan Tropper novel, This Is Where I Leave You, and all I can say is boy was I under whelmed.

The story follows Silver, a middle-aged father who played drums for a band that had a single hit years and years ago. He's dysfunctional and without any real purpose in life after a divorce from his wife. He's also got a daughter who he loves but can't communicate with at all. Naturally, everything goes wrong and he ends up with a termi
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M
Sep 28, 2012 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Whatever, Tropper. I'll give you this much - you did deviate in your usual style by writing in third person, and your character was not your usual 'loser but in a charming way' since this guy was just a loser, and while you still objectified women a'plenty you at least threw in the condescending 'woman that he was into was NOT the hottest bridesmaid, she wasn't even second, she came in third (this is almost a direct quote) so don't you now think I am enlightened for being willing to settle??'... ...more
Sofia
Aug 19, 2012 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to four. I received an ARC of this from a Dutton giveaway on Twitter.

I'm generally not into books that explore the male psyche, but Jonathan Tropper's latest offers a solid story, well-drawn characters, and some great dialogue. Indeed, the dialogue is where the book really shines, and I could easily see "One Last Thing Before I Go" being made into a movie. My favorite parts were Silver's exchanges and interludes with Jack and Oliver, which alternated beautifully between mom
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Carol
Jul 20, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-audible
***3.5 Stars*** Always amusing...sometimes laugh out loud funny. As I listened, I imagined it as a great comedy series and I marveled at the author’s very clever wit.
Angela
Aug 14, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lunch-and-lit
When you just don't care whether the main character in a novel lives or dies, well, it's probably a good sign that you won't be recommending this book to others. I wasn't offended by the characters in One Last Thing; I was annoyed by them. Or perhaps even worse: I was bored by them. The protagonist, a divorced, middle-age man who was one the drummer in a one-hit-wonder band, openly admits to being a loser. That he spends much of the novel making declarations of loserdom without actually doing an ...more
Michael
Sep 13, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Once upon a time, Drew Silver was living the dream--a member of a rock band with a hit single who went home each night to a wife he loved and a daughter he adored. Fast forward a couple of years and the band was a one-hit wonder, Drew and his wife are divorced and he's estranged from his daughter. Living in a by the week hotel with a lot of other divorced men, the highlights of Silver's week are college co-eds in bikinis coming to lay by the hotel pool and Silver heading to a local independent b ...more
Cheryl McNeil
Jul 06, 2012 Cheryl McNeil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I loved this book. Gobbled it up. I was at work yesterday, mourning the fact I couldn’t read it (no, librarians do not just sit around reading on the job), and even though I was queasy and should have just napped when I got home, I read and read and read until I was done. The ending, though not a “happy ending”, is satisfying. And the meat of the book is a meal of laugh-out-loud funniness and aching sadness, a savory blend that never has one element dominating the others. One reviewer has n ...more
Lindsey Rey
Jan 04, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, 2015
The dialogue was 5 stars for me and everything else was 3 stars. Definitely going to read more of his work!
Reese
Sep 16, 2015 Reese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***Cautionary Note: I do not consider any part of this review a "spoiler"; however, some folks may reject that viewpoint.

It's that time of the year when Jews who remember that they're Jewish invest themselves in preparations for the approaching High Holidays. So when I finished reading Jonathan Tropper's One Last Thing Before I Go, I had no intention of using my time to compose a review of it. But at some point after planning to merely change its shelf and rate it through the star system, I real
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Sarah
Sep 27, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Quick read. And totally quintessential Tropper. You have your male lead surrounded by people/family that he is both loved and hated by. His inner monologue is funny and self-deprecating and completely recognizable as JT.
So we have Silver, Drew Silver who is a middle aged guy who was once famous for a punk band back in the day. He had it all, kinda. A wife and and daughter and lost them both when his wife divorced him. We start the story almost 8 years after the divorce and we see Silver as he m
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Elyse
Dec 23, 2013 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was everything thing I wanted --'at the moment'!!! Jonathan Tropper is my 'go-to' author
when I'm in the mood to read about Jewish families --their problems -and laugh my ass off! He's got some FABULOUS lines. I only wish I could remember them myself at times --'use-them-on others'! ha ha!

I'm Jewish. It can feel a little too 'red & Green' everywhere I go this time of year, 'for me'.....so as treat to myself ---I turn to reading something fun-funny-pathetic-mostly just wonderful- -knowin
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BookLover
This book was a disappointment for me. I thoroughly enjoyed “This Is Where I Leave You”. I was hoping to get the same type of witty, funny and heartwarming story in “One Last Thing Before I Go” but it just didn’t work out for me. I couldn’t identify with any of the characters and worse than that, I didn’t really like any of them. I found the story to be a mish-mosh of jumbled memories and random stories that didn’t quite gel for me.
Kelly Eeckhaut
Aug 16, 2016 Kelly Eeckhaut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wreed graag gelezen. Het voelde als het goeie boek op het goeie moment voor mij, met een hele hoop zinnen die me deden nadenken en vol hilarische én hilarisch pijnlijke dialogen en inzichten over het leven. Donkerder dan This is Where I Leave You, soms zelfs deprimerend donker, maar hé, het leven is soms gewoon wat donker. Het leest alleszins opnieuw als een film en de personages zijn zo geloofwaardig dat je ze eens zou willen vastpakken en vertellen dat het allemaal wel goed komt, hoe uitzichtl ...more
Larry Hoffer
Aug 25, 2012 Larry Hoffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know Jonathan Tropper, or what his life has been like, but he sure does have the ability to provide pitch-perfect perspective into young (and not-so-young) men struggling with what they've made of their lives. His This is Where I Leave You was my favorite book of 2009, and I've enjoyed a number of his earlier books as well, because I love how he gives poignantly funny voice to these somewhat dysfunctional men as they try to get a handle on their past, present, and future.

In his newest bo
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Darlene
Sep 03, 2016 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'One Last Thing Before I Go' is the third of three novels by Jonathan Tropper which I read back-to-back, and I considered abandoning it shortly after I began reading. The story began with 44 year-old Drew Silver, divorced father of a 'soon-to-be' off to Princeton daughter named Casey, sitting around the pool with his friends. These friends are other middle-aged divorced fathers who sit around ogling young college-aged women who spend their days sunbathing. These men are all living at an establis ...more
Rebecca Foster
An endearing tale of a sad schmuck who gets his life back on track. This novel reminded me a lot of Hope: A Tragedy and A Visit from the Goon Squad, two books that ask similar questions about what can be rescued from failure.

The Versailles Hotel, last resort for divorced losers, is home to Drew Silver, the forty-five-year-old drummer from one-hit wonder Bent Daisies. Ogling college girls at the hotel pool with pals Jack and Oliver helps distract from the fact that his ex-wife, Denise, is prepari
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John Luiz
Dec 26, 2014 John Luiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank God for Jonathan Tropper. He's one of my favorite authors and you can reliably depend on him to put out an entertaining novel every couple of years. This one lives up to his lofty standards. It follows his usual storyline of someone in a crisis wisecracking their way through all of his troubles and managing to make a worse mess of things before they finally set their lives straight. Our protagonist here is Silver, a drummer for a now defunct one-hit-wonder band, who's getting by with work ...more
Alena
Sep 06, 2012 Alena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Tropper has rescued loser middle-aged white men as lead characters for me. After basically writing off any more books about whiny men (The Ask, Freedom, A Hologram for the King), my last two Tropper reads have reminded me that these men are not without redemption.

His latest novel, One Last Thing Before I Go, tells the story of Silver. (Silver has a last name, but no one used it. Everyone, including his daughter, just calls him Silver. Not Gold, not Bronze, just middle of the road Silver
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Booklover, Indianapolis
(December) 2.5* I wanted to love this book. I loved This Is Where I Leave You and really enjoyed How To Talk To A Widower, so I was looking forward to another great read with this book. Alas, it was not to be. It was hard to find anyone to like in this book. The ex-wife - blech. The knocked up daughter - too bitchy and too full of herself. And Silver - well, he was just such a loser - for no reason. Not sure exactly what he did to support himself other than live off residuals of his one-time hit ...more
Sam
Aug 21, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read everything Jonathan Tropper has written, from the humorous to the touching, and yet this book is different from anything else he’s ever written. You can still tell he’s written it if you’ve read enough of his books. It still centers around a non-practicing jewish man in his 30s-40s who has screwed up his life in some way shape of form. It contains humor, touching moments, and leaves the reader with a sense fulfillment in having read a book that you instantly are happy you read, and kno ...more
Gail
Oct 11, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a Tropper fan, then you know it's been a long two-year wait since his last novel, "This is Where I Leave You". And I'll admit, THAT particular work of Tropper's is my favorite — "One Last Thing Before I Go"? Nope, didn't top it.

However, I stand by my belief that any new Tropper is FAR better than pretty much everything else on the bookstore shelves these days (the way he writes characters and true-to-life scenes for them is unmatched in contemporary fiction today, IMO). So it's still p
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Tami
Jul 18, 2012 Tami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning of this book I was like, too much testosterone here. This is totally a guy's point of view and I can't relate. But then, suddenly, I could. And I liked the story more than I could imagine.

Silver, a drummer, got a taste of rock stardom and apparently didn't handle that too well, although we are spared that part of his story as we meet him several years later. Now he is alone and lonely, having plummeted to musical obscurity, been divorced by his wife, and allowed his daughter to
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Michelle
Jun 13, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another home run from my favorite author! A couple times I found myself sobbing and laughing at the SAME TIME & I loved every last bit! Family, losing your way and never being able to go home again are familiar themes in Mr. Tropper's books, but Silver is more flawed than any of his other characters IMO, which makes this one hit a little deeper. The Versilles was so sad and so well described, Casey's situation exactly opposite of her father's, and that he's exiled himself from his family, (v ...more
Michelle
Jul 02, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
jonathan tropper writes some of the best characters ever. funny, sad, dysfunctional, hopeful and triumphant, they are all beautiful and fully relatable. i love a book that makes me laugh and cry, and this one had both in spades. love, love, love this book! READ IT!!
Christopher
I'm a sucker for a dramedies about incredibly dysfunctional families. It might be because I grew up in such a Leave It to Beaverish family with minimal conflict—and I'm incredibly fortunate for that—but there's something I love about seeing a family tiptoe right up to the edge of disaster.

So it goes with the fractured Silver clan—Silver himself (our protagonist, referred to almost exclusively by his last name, a washed out one hit wonder, given a literal choice between life and death after his
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Jen Estrella
Aug 27, 2014 Jen Estrella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This was my first Tropper, and I will def be visiting Tropper Town again soon!

Not only are the titles appealing to me, because they hint at some vaguely sentimental, slightly depressive story line which is juuust my forte, but there was a sorta sad, self depreciating humor to the writing that I enjoyed. I've been told several times that this book isn't even his best, that his other more popular book This is Where I Leave You is actually the better one so I'm excited to get to that one.

I think t
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Jill
Mar 03, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that ended exactly as it should have, but I still hated the ending (even while admiring the writer for not catering to readers like me).

This book might be described as a "coming-of-age" story about a 44-year-old divorced man, Drew Silver, who finally decides to grow up. Silver’s usual way of handling difficult situations is to let people down - almost willfully; or, if that doesn’t work, to suggest going for ice cream cones:

‘What is it with you and ice-cream cones?’

He licks around
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Rachel
Aug 05, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
This was a FirstReads Giveaway.

Let me start by saying that this is really not the type of book I usually read. I don't read all that much contemporary fiction to start with, and when I do it's never about depressed middle-aged men and their crumbling families (I won't give a run-down of the plot because the official description does a pretty good job.).

I loved it.

This can be entirely attributed to the Jonathan Tropper's writing. It was so rhythmic and measured, never a word out of place (actu
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Jonathan Tropper is the author of Everything Changes, The Book of Joe , which was a Booksense selection, and Plan B. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their children in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College. How To Talk To A Widower was optioned by Paramount Pictures, and Everything Changes and The Book of Joe are also in development as feature films.

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