Monday, March 19, 2012

Before You Go by James Preller

Before You Go
Good Reads Summary
Before You Go by James Preller

The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.

Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.

Acclaimed author James Preller explores life, death, love, faith, and resilience in his first young adult novel that will grip readers from the book’s dramatic first few pages to its emotional end.

My Thoughts
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

It’s got a really good intro- very atmospheric, a little like Shatter Me with the visuals without trying too hard; the rest of it though… not so much. 

There’s a little on love a lot on life and death and even some on faith, Jude just didn’t make that much of a compelling narrator. So far, his life’s been sad. Tragedy marks his everyday…and he feels this disconnect. As a consequence, I never felt a connection to him, or that special something that would have me with a lump in my throat for what he was going through.

Sometimes he sounded so old, cynical, a little judgmental. Other times, he’d sound so young. As in, someone who just didn’t know who he was, what he wanted and what he believed in. Lost, I suppose. Me reading had me picturing a guy just cruising along, not making waves, dissatisfied with his current situation but not motivated enough to do anything about it.

The only truly remarkable thing in this one was his relationship with Corey. He is the only one Jude considered worth it, along with Becka of course.  Everyone else around he made sound ridiculously superficial, Lee and Vinnie, especially. I did enjoy the idea of them grouping together for no other reason save not belonging with anyone else. They made an interesting picture: Jude with his cruising along; Lee with the bitching and moaning; Vinnie the sort of ladies man; and again, Corey the in only one who got him. It’s the last who knew him best, knew when to tread light.


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