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Before You Go

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Margo Ford just became an heiress. Not the Paris Hilton kind. Her billions came after her beloved father died and her insanely wealthy, M.I.A. mother was forced to claim her. Unfortunately, some terrorists noticed, and they hatched a plot to kidnap her from boarding school. After a news report goes awry, reporting that Margo has been kidnapped, and her mother offers the hu ...more
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Published 2011 by Barkley's Books
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Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ella James does a wonderful job of bringing her readers into the sheltered, privileged, but loveless world of Margo Ford. Readers are immediately struck by her loss, sorrow, insecurity, and her need for an emotional port in the turbulent storm that is her life.
When she meets Logan, the handsome young pilot that is hired to take her to her "mother's" island; she is immediately swept away on a tide of desire that sets her adrift in very unfamiliar waters.

This book is a wonderful example of all of
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
It was....interesting. Lots of miscommunication between the two main teen characters, Margo and Logan. Also, lots of chemistry. But something was missing in the interactions between the two. Logan had all this terrible back history, yet he never shared it with Margo.



After Logan saved Margo from the kidnappers, he left the island and went home, but nothing was said about wh
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Too young adult, but too sexually explicit for me to recommend. Deleted from my kindle library.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-by-heather
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating:2.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source:Hollow Tours for Honest Review
Reviewer: Heather

Before You Go is a story about a young teenager, klutzy Margo, who finds her world turned upside down. Her father has passed away, and now her mother (who is one the wealthiest women in the world) is forcing Margo to live with her for the summer due to a plot to kidnap the new heiress. Margo has only met her mother a handful of times, but still goes willingly so s
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This book totally surprised me. It is a quick and very enjoyable read. After losing her father, Margo Ford finally meets her mom, Cindy Zhu, who's a billionaire. Before she knew it, she's an heiress. During her summer holidays, due to threats of kidnapping, she will now spend it on an island her mother owns. That is when she met Logan.

I instantly liked Margo. Though she was a teenager, she acted way more grown up. It might come from
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
When Margo's father dies, her world as she knew it shattered. She may be rich now, but it doesn't seem to be worth the sacrifice of loosing her father because now she has to go live with her absentee mother, who is too wrapped up in her looks and money to give Margo the time of day. Not only does she have to go live on her mother's island, but she has kidnapping terrorists after her. Enter Logan, the hottie that is sent to pick Margo up from the airport to bring her to the island...actually to F ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Margo Ford's world changed, for the worst, when you she lost her father to cancer. Her father, a senator and the parent responsible for raising her, was the one solid thing in her world. With no rock to ground her, she's now floating around in world of pain and confusion. Since she is only fifteen years old, the only course of action is to send her to live with her mother, a.k.a. the egg donor.

Now, thanks to a plot to kidnap Margo, daughter of Cindy Zhu, one of the worlds richest women, Margo
Lynn Worton
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Margo Ford becomes a heiress after her father dies and her insanely rich mother officially claims her. When terrorists hatch a plan to kidnap her, Margo's mother arranges a summer for her on a private island. This island has an astronomical observatory filled with scientists, including Logan Greer, a gorgeous but infuriating planet-hunter. Margo thought hiding out on the island would be boring, until it wasn't any more.

This is a short story from Ella James. However, there is a lot of action and
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Well now, this book was a lovely little surprise. It was easy to read, it tugged at my heart and left me wanting more.

This is the first book I’ve read by author Ella James, and I was adequately impressed by the rhythm and flow of her writing. The story moves at a leisurely pace, and I finished it in no time. As I’m not much for romance in books – and this is a romance novel aimed at YA readers – I must admit that I quite enjoyed the emotional tug-of-war between the two main characters, Margo and
H.K. Savage
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
After reading Here by this author I picked this one up. Here was hard to get into just because of the leap into the story without much lead up but then it more than made up for it with creative plot and solid characters. This one wasn't as great. The heroine bothered me because she was very limited and beyond stuck in her own world. I know, she's a teen and this is YA so we're supposed to allow that but I kept waiting for her to grab me. She didn't.
Logan was more interesting and I wish the auth
Christina Rodriguez
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Margo is sent to Isis to be protected from a threat of kidnapping. After her fathers death she is hoping to have that time to get to know the mother that had abandoned her. Unfortunately, Cindy, Margo's mother, isn't looking for any mother/daughter time. When Margo has no one to turn to on Isis she seeks the company of Logan Greer. When Logan seems to treat her like crap she decides to ignore him. But ignoring him isn't the easiest thing when they are constantly thrown together. What happens whe ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Meh. It was cute and an okay book but I felt like there definitely wasn't enough character development and I didn't like the way it ended. Also, maybe this was just me, but I totally missed that Margo was 15. So like, more than half way through the book Cindy is talking to Logan about how she's 15 and he's 18 and I was like, 'WAIT WHAT?' Cause I had been thinking she was 17 or something and that totally changed my whole view on everything that had happened. I think that made it kind of hard for ...more
Feb 16, 2012 added it
Review: This was an okay read not bad, it was one of those teen love at first sight stories. The length of this book was about 126 pages I believe, and I felt it was too short for me. I wanted more details about Margo and Logan's background, and answers to a few questions that were not resolved. The characters were good, and it was easy to get a sense of who they were and the plot was quick obviously because it was short but I got the story just wish there was more of it. As a love story, it's b ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is one of those books that you are kinda mad at the end. Like you wasted your time. I almost stopped reading it twice. The scenes that the author must have thought were "hot" were disgusting! The characters were immature and shallow. The resolution at the end of the book was in the epilogue. That much resolution does not belong in the epilogue. Also, the book brought up all these struggles, slapped some icing on the conflict and called it good. This book literally was awful. Now, I actually ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can I just tell everyone that I am a diehard reader. I read everything at least once. So far this year I’m on book 235. (yes, this is why my bank account cries). But as any person, I have a favorite kind of book. I love books where the girl gets the guy and he’s her savior & protector. This book was not what I expected. I expected a story of love lost. Boy was I wrong. Ella James did a fantastic job building up the characters in this story and creating a world for the audience to revel in. I ...more
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Margo and Logan have a love-hate relationship that is hormonally charged from the moment they meet. I enjoyed their stubbornness and arguing. While the story was entertaining, I would have liked some more drama surrounding the kidnappers and some more details as to what Logan accomplished or didn't accomplish with his family. This book is probably better suited for a more mature young adult audience. Before You Go was a pleasant little short story, perfect as
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Rich girl meets poor abused boy who wants to build himself a better life...blah blah, blah...I did enjoy it....pure romance, a very hot scene at a greenhouse which was hotter than 50 Shades..ha!

I liked the whole astronomy stuff and the few really sweet and romantic scenes...I didn't like the cliché was good though, I needed a break from paranormal and it did its job!
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book had way to many writing errors. It was a cute story but the problems in it annoyed me. At one point in the story the other started calling Cindy, Bethany and another character another name. Like how do you miss that? If you want to read anything from Ella James read Here it was sooooo good.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ahh, I really liked this one. a very cute action packed adventure love story.

I love that Margo is fierce and independant. She isn't really all that keen on anyone telling her what to do.

and Logan is rough and gruff, but you get his POV so you know why.

I loved the varying points of view so you did know what was going on.

such a fun short little tale.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This will be brief. I liked the story and the characters. The story seemed to end kind of abruptly with questions remaining around Logan's story. The author needs to review the book for wrong names. I saw Bethany used in reference to Cindy and Reagan used in reference to Marco. Overall an OK read.
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I just wasn't feeling it - there was just too much missing. Certainly there wasn't enough of a relationship established to warrant the ending. I liked the characters - and the plot - but I needed more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Before You Go. I felt it was rushed at times. The Spanish used in the book bothered me because it just seemed random in a way. I love Logan and Margo's character. This is the first book by Ella James that I read and it certainly won't be the last.
This was a pretty good and quick read. Some of the romanticism of the teenage relationships felt a little stale and silly, but overall I enjoyed it and found the characters fairly interesting.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Boring as hell.

Found myself skimming paragraphs almost right away, couldn't read further than Chapter 8.
Louise Cable
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very well written, kept me interested and imagination running wild.

Great read
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-on-kindle
Eh. That's about how I felt about it. Fast read though.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nice and short story, some parts were a little better than others. I thought the ending was just short and rushed, I didn't like it.
As goodreads says, it was ok. 2 stars
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. However, I felt it ended too quickly. I wanted more of Margo and Logan!
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A quick, light read. There were some distracting editing errors.

Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. I really enjoyed it although it was very short. I am hoping the sequel will be longer. Definately a great quick read.
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Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of seventeen teen and adult love stories. She's an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella's obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other obscure, crunchy stuff like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters.

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