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Before I Go

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  11,128 ratings  ·  1,304 reviews
A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.

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
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Gallery Books
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I'm glad I'm easy pleased with nice contemporary simple stories. This made me feel good, sad, anxious, upset and hopeful. My eyes welled up at the end and my heart beat a little faster.

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 prota
3.5 Stars

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 obvious route to conclusion.

This debut novel pulconclusion.



Before I Go is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by author Colleen Oakley. The book synopsis is surprisingly thorough and that surprised me. I mean, why include so many spoilers for readers? Well, after finishing the book, I figure it's because Before I Go is more about the emotions than it is the story. The reader follows the main character on a heartbreaking emotional journey that feels all too real. I cried, I worried and grieved, and then I cried again. It was a lot. But the moral of this sto ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had zero expectations regarding this pretty paperback copy of "before i go." It was merely easy to grab off my shelf as I left for the airport. I think it's a disservice to any book to read a few pages, whenever you find time, but so it was, until I returned home and could settle into it.

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
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

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
Patrice Hoffman
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Before I Go is an emotional debut novel about a 27-year old named Daisy. Daisy has survived breast cancer at the young age of 24, and on the eve of her "Cancerversary" she finds out that she has "Lots of Cancer". After her yearly checkup, her doctor discovers that her cancer is aggressive and she may have only a few months to live. After considering life after her death, she decides finding her husband a new wife is how she will focus her time.

So... where to start? Let's begin with Dai
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Daisy has been cancer free for more than three years. She's been really conscious about taking care of herself, but it doesn't stop the cancer from coming back. As her four year 'Cancerversary' approaches, she finds out that her breast cancer has returned. But this time it's spread throughout her body and she's given less than a year to live.

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

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 an
Veronica ⭐️
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, a-u
Death is hard to talk about, hard to write about and hard to read about. Oakley has somehow made it a little easier with touches of humour found in the everyday. Daisy reminisces about her past, in a happy way, throughout the story.

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
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I dived into the pages of this book with so much excitement and glee, I had been wanting to read it for a while after snagging it from NetGalley and was gearing myself up for heart lurching moments, tears even and a few sniffles.

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 close
This is a really well written book. Daisy's cancer has come back and has been told she might live 6 months. Just in time to see her husband Jack graduate from veterinarian school. Daisy is a list maker and one of those items is to find Jack a new wife so he won't be left alone.

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. Dais
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

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 regard. He l
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I Go is the first novel by American author, Colleen Oakley. In February, almost three years after being declared cancer-free, twenty-seven year old Daisy Richmond discovers she has won the cancer lottery twice. And this second win is the big one: she will not survive. And once she accepts that fact, she suddenly begins to worry about Jack: how will her loving but disorganised husband cope without her there to manage his life, to scratch his back where he can’t reach, to cook him meals, be ...more
Judy Collins
Delighted to discover this new Atlanta southern author, Colleen Oakley! If this is a debut, can't wait to see what is next.

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 student and wil/>Jack
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
This is a bittersweet book, the type that's the best to read on a rainy Sunday afternoon, curled up with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. It's the type of book that will leave you a bit melancholy and thoughtful, and I think books like that are good for us from time to time, to remind us of this world that we live in and how fleeting some things can be.

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
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've had this on my Kindle for a while, since my friend Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss recommended it to me. The title seemed foreboding and I knew that I had to time this just right. I'm not afraid of sad books. In fact, I feel like I really need them sometimes. I read Before I Go through tears from the beginning to the end. Immediately you find out that Daisy, a young, happily-married woman, has cancer. This story isn't about heroically beating the odds, but rather about how a couple dea ...more
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May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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 ki
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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
Paul Pessolano
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
“before i go” by Coleen Oakley, published by Gallery Books.

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 h
Kimberly Belle
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a heartbreakingly beautiful story!
Catherine McKenzie
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advance reader's copy of this book -- funny, touching, for fans of JoJo Moyes' Me Before You.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-sale
This is a touching subject. I mean, how do you deal with the fact that you only have x months to live? I cannot imagine that. Work or school would indeed seem irrelevant.

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
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One word, INCREDIBLE!!!

Jan 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Daisy Richmond has been cancer free for exactly two years when her doctors tell her that her cancer is back. Stage IV cancer, with an orange-sized tumor in her brain. They give her six months to live. Six months to get her affairs in order, watch her husband finish graduate school and prepare for the end of her life.

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. Enli
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Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you were to rate books like they rate storms or earthquakes, this would be a Category Five, 9.0 on the Richter scale of ugly cry books. I knew by reading the synopsis it was going to make me emotional but I wasn't quite prepared for the emotional punch-to-the-gut of Before I Go. I pretty much cried the entire way through this book.

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.
I won this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway and then when it arrived, I put it aside and kept forgetting I had it! So thanks to Allen and Unwin for my copy, and apologies for the delay in reading and reviewing it!

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 que
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Gallery Books via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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 w
Bethany Clark
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book a 10 star rating I would! I loved it, even though it saddened me, from beginning to end.

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
Tracy Finegan
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Amanda Cinelli Keith
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so hard. Obviously it is a difficult topic but the author somehow created a story I wanted to read and not put down. It was real and honest but yet light and sarcastic. Sure, I cried more than a handful of times (don't even get me started on that last chapter..!) but I also laughed just as much. Daisy's thoughts and comments were so funny and although I'd like to think I wouldn't do everything the same as her, I felt like she was a friend. It is one of those books you keep thin ...more
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Colleen Oakley’s novels BEFORE I GO and CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH have been named best books by People Magazine, Us Weekly, Library Journal, and Real Simple, and both were long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor of Marie Claire, her articles and essays have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journ ...more
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