This is my first kindle first pick of the month book and I thought this book sounded really good.
I loved how the author wrote a lot of the book almost like poetry. I did think the book was a bit long for me and I love big books, but in this case I don't think it was needed.
Cate and Cal play classical guitars together, Cate is in love with Cal, or so she thinks. Then one night there is a fateful car crash where Cal dies. (This is not a spoiler, it's on the ...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Amazon Publishing and NetGalley.)
This wasn’t a bad book, but it was long, and I lost interest.
We had two main characters in this book – Cate dealing with her boyfriend’s death, and David who was dealing with his brother’s suicide, but to be honest I didn’t really connect with them or feel anything for them at all.
The storyline in this was basically about Cate and David’s lives, and I just lost ...more
Overall Opinion: I finished this and questioned what the heck I just read. It was all over the place! The author obviously knows her music, because at times it was so focused on the music aspects that I felt lost (or bored). The h and H were "in love", but I didn't get it at all. The little bit of interaction that we experienced with them was cute, but I felt like we got more interaction between the h and Cal or even Dale (the musician she meets later in the book). I didn't feel any con ...more
After Cate's longtime friend and new possible love interest dies in a car accident she blames herself and turns to drugs. Even though David's brother committed suicide years ago, he still blames himself. A former athlete, he never expects to fall for his little sister's babysitter, Cate, a classical guitarist. Does this unlikely couple have a chance?
A writer once told me, you write your first draft for yourself, the rest you write with the reader in mind. I don't think debut author Mimi ...more
There is music and poetry in the writing. The drama and angst and deep thoughts of teenage discovery. The crippling emotion of terrible trauma. Fans of Katie McGarry and Abbi Glines will love this. It is the book If I Stay and Where She Went were hyped to be.
Some teens do have to deal with all these things at once, but books that work well and touch more people typical ...more
Read this book and fall in love all over again! ...more
YA novel--Cate and David are drawn together by music and loss. I liked the characters, but the ending seems underdeveloped and the timeline of the narrative is somewhat confusing.
I had a hard time deciding on 4 or 5 stars. This story is perfect in every way, there were just some writing points that bothered me. While I found the writing beautiful and almost poetic most of the time, there were other times I felt the author was trying to hard. The prose woul ...more
The story was all over the place, especially with the random flashbacks that are not really identified as flashbacks. Also, I really couldn't care less about either Cate or David and did not really see the supposed chemistry between them.
The author tried to handle issues like sexual assault, suicide, and teenage drug use, but because she tries to cover all of them, she really doesn't do justice to any of them. She even tries to have a female/female relationship, but again, does not real ...more
Wow. So this story was a thrill ride I did not expect. The writing is lovely like a painting, and the characters are real. I love that we didn't not need the details of the tragic events but instead got to the emotions of the events. The ann you for a great book. ...more
It required some perseverance to make it through the first bit of the book and really get into the meat of it, but boy am I glad that I stuck it out. The writing was surprisingly nuanc ...more
I wasn't sure I wanted to read this as the blurb sounded so much like Before I Go: musician, car accident, loss, grief, huge decision making.... It actually isn't much like that other book at all. For one thing, the story is much more complicated, as there are two people struggling here, David and Cate. Then, too, a big part of the story is violence and the other ways people hurt one another, about being a victim and being complici ...more
David Bennett – jock, mover, and big brother to Cate’s babysitting charge Kimmy – had a brigh ...more
Choosing a First Pick of the Month is sometimes hit and miss. I never really know if the book will be good. It may be a genre I don't normally read. There usually aren't many reviews to look at and often the authors are unfamiliar to me. This month was a good pick. If you're looking for a book for a young teenager, don't choose this one. Some of the subject matter is too adult.
The main characters are high school aged with serious issues. One theme that's explored ...more
There is Cate and Cal, then there is David. David's chapter about his accident was very confusing. I thought maybe it was a dream where his brother die ...more
I started reading a few chapters each night when I went to bed. This worked for a while, until suddenly (somewhere after the first third of the book) I couldn't put the book down. I kept reading until my eyes were too blurry to see any of the text and then I woke up wanting to finish the book so I could go on with my life.
It was cool to see that Mimi mentioned my n ...more
Not only does this novel carry you through the emotions of young people as they was their way through some extremely heavy life dealings, it allows you to see through to the truth. We all suffer. Some of our suffering is brought on by not dealing with the truth of matters. Some is brought on by not being able to speak up. Some is brought on because we feel so overwhelmed with emotion, we cannot reach the surface to keep from drowning. We see all of this, and more, in, "Before Goodbye." ...more
The writing in this book is strong and the story is well-crafted. An excellent read.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. My biggest gripe is that it tackled SO many great issues, that overall it lacked a little. is hard to effectively cover death, suicide, addiction, and abuse all to the full extent in only 400 pages. That being said, I feel Cates coping with loss/death was covered perfectly. The growth of not only her character but also David's was great. ...more
Full review to come! ...more
Cate loses a young man she thinks she loves in a car accident. David is trying to deal with a horrible accident which ended in a friend's death. How can they deal with those horrific accidents and continue to grow? ...more
This was such a beautiful and intense book. It was well written and flowed very nicely. The main characters were the stars and everyone else thrown in fit well with them. I really enjoyed reading this book and I loved the story.
Mimi Cross is an author, singer, and songwriter. She received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and an MA from New York University. She is a performer, a certified music educator, and worked briefly in the music industry. Mimi is also the creator of Body of Writing, a practice that adds an additional dimension to the mind body spirit discipline of yoga: story.
Mimi was born in Toronto and gr