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Leave Before You Go

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  91 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
"Leave Before You Go is about Daniel, an average guy whose determination to escape the daily grind of London drives him to risk his life.Lured by a free trip and the promise of ten thousand dollars, Daniel boards a plane to pick up a "delivery" for an acquaintance. Shortly after his plane lands, he finds himself trafficking heroin from Thailand, penniless, and paranoid on ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Ecco Press (first published 1998)
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Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit, travel
I have read so much lately, when I looked at my list of backlogged books to review, I totally forgot what this one was about, I had to look up the recap on amazon. That is how much of an impact this book made one me. Not much.

Takes place in New Zealand, which is why I picked it up and the plot looked interesting, but it didn't really pan out as planned. The lead Dude actually reminded me of this character that is on SHORTLAND STREET, which is a soap opera that plays here daily and everyone I wor
Oct 20, 2014 Alysha rated it liked it
Not sure how I was left feeling about this book. Firstly, I don't know if it's just me but there's something special about reading a book or watching a movie that's set in your place in the world. I think sense of place is important; you automatically have a connection with the literature whether you like it or not. It was special reading a novel set in Auckland and that traversed through Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Nelson, Greymouth.

The subject matter itself disturbed me. I think it di
Meh, it was ok, just as the two stars suggest. Maybe that's a bit harsh, I guess it was entertaining - 2.5 stars. Set largely in Auckland, with a brief roadtrip south, the story revolves around Daniel, a directionless loser from London who agrees to smuggle heroin from Thailand to New Zealand in return for a ridiculous NZ$10K (um, back in the 90s that is only about $3K Sterling - how desperate?). Successful in this, despite passing it off to the wrong person, he loses all of his money on the fir ...more
Michael Palkowski
Apr 30, 2016 Michael Palkowski rated it it was ok
The novel begins with a lot of steam and seems to build up an interesting and jarring narrative that involves being stuck literally and figuratively as characters bogged down in the wilderness that is twenty something year old. There is intrigue in the messiness of the drug smuggling and foreign destitution but it eventually teeters out and the momentum grinds to a halt somewhere in the middle. The characters become tedious and the story progression is slow and lacks purpose at times, which is w ...more
Blair Polly
Oct 24, 2015 Blair Polly rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read.
Apr 22, 2016 Sherilyn rated it liked it
A solid work. Perkins is a good writer, but maybe I am too old to read about angst ridden 20 something's with any great appreciation. Just couldn't relate to the characters.
Jan 19, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
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It was a great read, though I can't say I felt as if it really spoke to me personally. But I think we all can identify with that feeling of wanting to run away from ourselves and our lives.[return][return]If for no other reason, the book was a delight to read because of the author's dry humor. I laughed out loud quite a lot, but not for the type of things you would think someone would actually laugh out loud!
Cindy Kiro
Sep 16, 2010 Cindy Kiro rated it liked it
Well written and does evoke the dilemnas of female singledom in middle New Zealand. Time is indeterminant but probably last twenty years. Good insights and well formed characters.
Nov 10, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Entertaining and easy to read novel about aimless twenty-somethings in New Zealand. I enjoyed the crazy premise, realistic characters, clear writing style and setting.
Aug 07, 2011 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a riveting book with interesting outlook of handling difficult situations. Well-thought ideas and plot.
Jun 24, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
the book started slow but I am really glad I stuck with it. I very much enjoyed it.
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Emily Perkins is a writer of contemporary fiction, and the success of her first collection of stories, not her real name and other stories, established her early on as an important writer of her generation. Perkins has written novels, as well as short fiction, and her writing has won and been shortlisted for a number of significant awards and prizes. She was the 2006 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow ...more
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