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Before You Go by James Preller
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Jul 10, 2012

did not like it
Read from July 10 to 11, 2012

1.5 stars

I’m sorry to say that I was highly disappointed with this novel. The synopsis made me think that the story would be trailing Jude’s life as it spins out of control—focus on the spinning out of control—but what I found is that this novel actually spends almost all of its time following Jude as he works a dead-end summer job he hates while attempting to woo a girl and fall in love. And, quite honestly, I found it all a bit boring. Jude isn’t my favorite, and Becka rubbed me the wrong way throughout most of the story. I also found the text to be a bit choppy, and it took over 70 percent of the novel to move on from everyday teenage life to a tragic happening that leaves Jude devastated and falling to pieces. I personally thought a lot of the novel could have been cut out, but it was already short—I think I needed more development of the characters, to the point that I cared about them, because by the time Jude’s life falls apart, I couldn’t have cared less.

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36.0% "This is actually kind of boring. :/" 1 comment
60.0% "Still waiting for the "life changes in a blink of an eye" part. Over halfway and it hasn't taken flight yet."

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