Before I Go
Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?
On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversar ...more
What a great debut for an author, the writing was good, the story set out from month to month, and a lovely last chapter entitled 'Jack'.
I did in the middle third feel the book was headed down a cliched track, but it did not continue there and I rate this a definite 4 stars.
Daisy (I love when a protagonists name ...more
BEFORE I GO is a heartbreaking read about the dreaded and devastating disease of cancer to a young woman only twenty-seven years old, and her wish to find husband Jack a new wife before her demise.
As Daisy fights her disease, and solicits best friend (crazy) Kayleigh (who, by the way, has the worst possible taste in men) to join forces seeking out the best candidates, all does not go as expected, with a little surprising twist, and one reader who was glad to see author did not take the...more
Colleen Oakley's writing seemed to flow comfortably from one page to the next. She approached the subject of death so uniquely, bringing out a myriad of emotions in me: laughter, frustration, anger, separated ...more
After three years of being cancer-free Daisy is diagnosed once again with cancer and has only four to six months to live. Deciding that her slightly disorganised husband, Jack needs a woman to support him, she dedicates her remaining time to finding a new wife for him. But what happens when the perfect woman for Jack turns up?
I don't normally read women's fiction, but apparently I wanted to bawl my eyes out when I requested this. However, the expected flood of tears didn't eventuate. Wh ...more
BEFORE I GO is a serious book about a tragic disease. If light and fluffy is your thing then look elsewhere. If you can handle a well written emotional story that makes you wonder if you could handle a situation like this, then read this story! You won't be sorry! I finished Daisy's story with tears in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat that would not go away. And then my heart was shredded, broken in a million pieces. The last chapter came and it was Jack talking, not Dai ...more
So... where to start? Let's begin with Daisy. Daisy ...more
It's her husband Jack, a vet student, that she's most worried about. Daisy fears he won't be able to function on his own. He's busy with school, selfish an ...more
I would say that most people have been touched by cancer in one way or another.
This book really resonated with me as I’m the Kayleigh. My best friend having lost her battle with cancer I can understand a lot of Daisy’s reactions as they were similar to my friend’s rea ...more
Sometimes what you expect to get is nowhere near it and you feel a bit ripped off and want your money back.
Daisy and Jack are a young couple, happily married for years and then Daisy developed breast cancer and BEAT that darn cancer until it was all gone. It made them ...more
BEFORE I GO is a poignant, novel of love and loss, mixed with humor and emotion, keeping you glued to the pages, to learn the fate of lovable Daisy.
Daisy Richmond is still in her twenties, and has had cancer before; she and her much-loved husband, Jack have gotten past the fear and each year they celebrate another year of cancer-free remission.
Jack is a veterinary studen ...more
This book hit a little close to home for me. I'm an 8 year breast cancer survivor. I was lucky that the cancer had clear margins and didn't go to my lymph nodes so there is a 99% chance it won't come back. Daisy's first ca ...more
Before I Go is a heartbreaking and honest portrayal of a woman's emotional journey through terminal cancer and the painful thoughts of leaving her husband behind without her. I felt so much while reading this book for all the characters. Thought-provoking, introspective and heartbreaking, Before I Go was a beautiful debut. I can't wait to see what Colleen Oakley writes next.
Daisy is a doer and list-maker. She thrives on control and order. Her husband, Jack, is her complete opposite in that ...more
Daisy is twenty-seven years old, and has already survived breast cancer once. She's happy, she's in love, she's in school - but then sudden ...more
Okay, as per rules I cannot give any quotes because Before I Go won't be released until Jan 2015. But I will say a few things because my mind is reeling.
It is a must read. Perfectly executed, no unnecessary drama for the sake of it. (Which is a big thing with me. I can't stand stupid drama.) I was crying, laughing, and frustrated throughout this book. But if you've read the description that's kinda how it's supposed to be. You want ...more
Daisy Richmond is twenty seven, happily married, working towards her Master's degree and about to celebrate three years cancer-free, when her doctor delivers the news that her body is riddled with tumours, and it's likely she won't live beyond six months. Daisy is devastated but her overwhelming concern is for her husband, Jack. How will her wonderful but disorganised and absent minded husband cope without her? Who will scratch his back when he can’t reach, make sure he eats regular meals, or sa ...more
Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – January 06, 2015
I am sure there are many of us who think about what we would do if we knew that our death was imminent. Of course, we would like to pick the manner in which we died, like maybe going peacefully in our sleep or a sudden heart attack. There would be few of us that would take cancer as our manner of death.
Daisy Richmond had cancer but she has been cancer free over the last se ...more
It did bother me that she wanted to search a new wife for her husband. Like he's so dependent on her, and cannot survive without her. She should just enjoy the time with her husband. A new wife is the last thing on his mind.
It reads super easy and I did enjoy it.
BUT I have to say: Daisy is a monster! She dog-eared a book! :o ...more
Daisy spends this time doing just that--checking things off her never-ending to-do list, and decides her final responsibility is to find her husband Jack a new wife. Enlisting her be ...more
Daisy Richmond is dying. Cancer. Everywhere. Her husband is on the cusp of finishing a double doctorate program, but he can barely take care of himself. Daisy decid ...more
When I started this book, I enjoyed it, despite its sad nature (main character Daisy discovers that she is riddled with cancer 4 years after being declared cancer free), and I took it at face value. However, by the time I got to around page 140, I was starting to question the ma ...more
Did I like this book?
While this book did raise many questions for me, mostly of the what-would-I-do-in-her-situation variety, I can't help but feel that "Before I Go" didn't live up to its potential. The writing felt forced to me, with too many overly flowery descriptions, similes and metaphors. I was sometimes bored, especially by Daisy's focus on the minutiae. Many times I wanted to shake her and y ...more
This is such a thought provoking book, what id I had cancer and I knew that I was going to die in a short period of time, who would take care of my husband when I am gone?
Life was starting to look up for Daisy and Jack and they were celebrating her remission from her first round with breast cancer and then there is a blow that neither expected. Her cancer is back and it is far wors ...more