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Paralyzed by the past and terrified of the future, Tabitha Kelly is broken.

After a public sex scandal at her college, Tabby moves to a new city with a new school, convinced she can start over. But she soon realizes the changes are not enough. Tabby must take action to help her heal and move on from the past.
And though it sounds crazy, she believes a one-night stand is the
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Kindle Edition, First, 272 pages
Published March 30th 2013 by Amazon
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Beth
Four Stars!

Every now and again (pretty much this week) you find some hidden gems with free books from Bookbub, luckily I've read two amazing books from it while I've been on holiday.

I'm honestly pleasantly surprised as I mentioned in a previous update. I think the story handles the issue of Mental Health quite well, especially in aspects that were difficult to read about particularly how her mother dealt with it.

The only issues I had with this was we didn't really get closure with what happened
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Paralyzed by the past and terrified of the future, Tabitha Kelly is broken.

After a public sex scandal at her college, Tabby moves to a new city with a new school, convinced she can start over. But she soon realizes the changes are not enough. Tabby must take action to help her heal and move on from the past.
And though it sounds crazy, she believes a one-night stand is the best way to take back what’s hers. If she can choose where, when, and most importan
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Talltree
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-ya-na
4.5 stars!
Kirsty
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2013
*Due to be released April 8th*

This was a great debut novel by Clare James.

The story isn't necessarily unique but it's still good all the same. Tabitha has survived an awful ordeal in her old life and is doing all she can to overcome it. She's moved school, moved town and left everything and everybody who ruined her behind.

The story starts off with Tab about to start college, but before that she has the bright idea that a one night stand is just what she needs to help move on and heal from her p
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Paige
2 "Getting Back Up" Stars

Before You Go is the story of Tabby. She was assaulted at her previous university and after the fallout became too much, she changed universities hoping to start over. She meets Noah one night as she's trying to take back her power by having a one night stand. But her past still haunts her and she can't go through with it. Noah is very gentlemanly about it though and when she runs into him on campus, they start a friendship that Noah tries to make more but Tabby isn't re
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Jessica's Book Review
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Before You Go by Clare James had me hooked from the moment I opened the book. I started it before going to bed one night thinking I would read a chapter or two, next thing I know it is 4 am and I finished the book! I just couldn’t put it down. I was captivated by the characters, the story, and not to forget Noah, he is totally swoon-worthy! Book boyfriend material for sure!

In Before You Go you will meet college student Tabitha Kelly. Tabby has it
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Katerina
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Before You Go started off exciting. I have no clue why, but I was thinking of Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey from Grey's Anatomy as Noah and Tabitha even though Mark is wayyy too old to be a college student. Clare James made Before You Go embody something true to life. It was just the chemistry, and suave laid back flirting in the really great first and second chapters which made me feel like I was watching a television show and not merely reading manufactured words on a page. I liked that, I loved t ...more
Alpha Possessive Heroes
I bought this in amazon because the cover looks really sweet. ☺

Glad I did, coz I ended up finishing it around 2am lastnight. It was impossible for me to put it down!

I love Tabitha, but specially Noah. He is a boyfriend material.

In this story- it made me feel something, something that is lacking with the books I've been reading lately.

I think the author did a very good job with the story that it pulled out different emotions to me.

I adore the cover. I love the story. But the ending was "meh".
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Anna
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 beautiful, thoughtful, relentless, amazing ❤Noah stars !
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
Here is a tale about secrets, lack of support, hope, second chances and love.

Tabitha has a past of hurt but she is finally able to start fresh in a new town and with the love and support of her dad and step mom.

With new starts comes with no friends and not a lot of support but it also comes with people not knowing about your past.



In this new journey Tabby tries to battle her own demons but picking up a one night stand. Enter Noah who has his own demons and baggage but is drawn to Tabby.



"That's w
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Anne OK
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Clare James has done a marvelous job with her debut novel. Her writing style is smooth and straightforward. Her story, though not a new subject matter, proves its own uniqueness. A well-designed plot and a superb group of characters, both lead and secondary, add that extra dose of quality making this a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Noah and Tabitha are both damaged characters. One has been through a traumatic event that has marked her life severely. The other holds himself accountable for an acciden
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Dilushani Jayalath
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
*I kindly received and ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book was actually nice and I really liked it. I wouldn't say that it had more defining qualities which made it a better story but for some reason I liked it more than other contemporary romance I've read. Tabby was a sweet person who just made a wrong mistake and compared to The First I read before this (In which our heroine also made many horrible mistakes) this was forgivable. As I got an uncorrected version there
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Clare James
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi all,

I'm the author of BEFORE YOU GO. I hope you enjoy this New Adult Romance. It is equal parts sweet and sexy, and you will swoon for Noah.

Enjoy!

Find me at:
www.clarejamesbooks.com
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Loverlysbookblog
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review and I have to say I definitely enjoyed this book.

I really liked Tabby. She is broken but doesn't come across as helpless, shy or too vulnerable. She is trying to recover from her past and I could see that she was strong and was trying to not let her past define her.

Because of what happened to her she feels she needs to have control of her life and be the one making decisions. So she decides to have a one night stand, where she is in cont
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Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Being probably one of the last ones to hear about the New Adult genre, I say this book was just okay. The low rating isn't because the book was bad but rather it felt like it wasn't yet completed.

The story is told from first person by our heroine who had to deal with some devastating experience. We come into the story after the initial crisis following this experience, but before the full recovery. This gives us time to both discover in bits what exactly happened to her, and to see step by step
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Jennifer
RATING CLARIFICATION : 3.5 Stars

I have to say that I truly enjoyed this book. It was definitely a quick read but we'll worth it. I didn't feel that it was rushed at all. I was actually glad that the main drama of the book happened at the end of the book and wasn't dragged on for forever. I will say that this book touches on a subject that has actually been making the news a lot lately. I was glad the author created a female character who was strong enough to pull herself out of the hole that thi
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Amber
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before You Go was heart wrenching, intense and full of passion. I loved every bit of it. Clare James did an amazing job. This story was beautifully written, I hope to read more by this author as her work is magnificent.

Tabby has suffered from a tragic sexual assault in her home town. Now she is living in a new place, starting a new school and hoping to start over. However, no matter how much she tries to forget her past it seems to have a way of catching up to her. Now with her new friends and
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J
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I must be losing my mind because I can't believe this book had an under 4 rating. I really, really liked it. Loved the characters of Tabby and Noah and the changing and healing they both went through, especially Noah helping Tabby through her dreadful past. Maybe what other readers didn't like was that it isn't very long, it only took me a few hours to finish it, but I found it very romantic, well written and a cast of great supporting characters. I would recommend it to anyone.
Sara Felepe-leiter
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for Before You Go and LOVED IT! It was a fun and sexy weekend read that I couldn't put down. The author has you hooked right from the beginning...I look forward to more great novels by Clare James!
Jenn
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story of Tabitha and Noah. the secondary characters like Jules were just as good, I loved how supportive Jules was of Tabb.
Danielle (is trying to escape reality)
Sooo..instead of a rage filled, scathing review, I'm going to just say this: BLEEEEARGH.
Helena
★★★★1/2 STILL I RISE STARS!!!!!!

WOW I was not expecting this book to absolutely take my breath away! First and foremost please please please don't read the synopsis of this book and think it's nothing new, it's been done before, same old. YES it may seem like that BUT Before You Go is soooooo much more than just the reoccurring theme of popular-girl-sex-scandal-sob-story. Clare James has taken an at times overly done story line and made it into something absolutely beautiful in my opinion.

At the
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Heather
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was provided an ARC by the author for an honest review.

"Before You Go" is Clare James' debut novel. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Tabitha "Tabby" thought she had it all. She was a popular dancer, had tons of friends and what she thought was the perfect boyfriend, until one night at a college party everything changed. Tabby became the subject of a public sex scandal at her college in Illinois. The sex scandal has left Tabby broken. Her father and her step mother feel is it
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Janhvi
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-book
Before You Go is a new adult contemporary romance. It makes for a quick read. It was filled with emotions and struggle of Tabitha. It is a really good read and fans of new adult should definitely check it out. Tabitha Kelly, has had to deal with a horrible incident in the past. She suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of it.

After a public sex scandal in her college, she moves to a new city to start over. She thinks a one night stand can help her get over he paralyzing fear of her
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I had a REALLY hard time connecting to this story AND the characters. So much so that I powered through until 90% before giving up. I kept going to find out how it ends, but decided I didn't NEED to know so I moved on to my next read.

Now the story touched on an important subject. College parties, being chemically manipulated at a party where you do things you don't want to do and the get tormented, ostracized and bullie
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Monique
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

The kindle version is currently FREE on Amazon (25th Feb 16)

After a public sex scandal at her college, Tabby moves to a new city with a new school, convinced she can start over. But she soon realizes the changes are not enough. Tabby must take action to help her heal and move on from the past.

And that is where we meet the ever lovable Noah.

This has a lot of your cliche romance tropes however it didn't make the book seem unoriginal to me w
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Lee‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

3.75 Stars

Clare James is a new author that I was lucky enough to find on Goodreads. I was able to get my hands on an ARC of her debut novel, Before You Go and I’m really glad I did.

Ms. James did a stellar job with the opening of this story. It was intense and captivating. There was no way I was going to put this down once I started. This author has a gift of getting the reader to feel the immense sorrow that her heroine, Tabby is trying to pull
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The Book Trollop
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed


I thought this book was really good. I was not able to put it down, it did grabbed my attention and told me to hold one for the ride. BUT I was disappointed in the ending. I do not know if the author will be making a sequel but a lot of the story was left open and as I was reading I was like oh wow can't wait to see what is going to happen and then I was disappointed to see that it just ended. I will write more about this on my blog on Wednesday so all you fabulous people can see ;)! But I do re
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