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Title: Before You Go
   Author: James Preller
   Release Date: May 7th, 20162

     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 Stance:

     Before You Go, I haven't ever heard of prior to needing to fill this segment. Lately I have been running out of older books that I am interested in, and been forced to have to get out of my comfort zone. Which is a good thing if you ask me. I want  to see new topics, new authors and ultimately read new tales from a different perspective. I love how the end of this synopsis talks about how great James Preller is, and I have never heard of. Sorry, but I believe the synopsis of the book should be left to the introduction of the book, not some pep-talk for the author.

    Anyways, the character of Jude sounds promising. A story about a guy who is dealing with the loss of his sister. If It was me that was dealing with the lose, I would agree with Jude. Pulling completely inside of myself and nearly talking to no one. Granted it's not the best way to deal with, all the bottled up emotions and no way to vent the anger and the sorrow. So that makes this book, and Jude relatable.

     However when he falls in love, and begins to live again his world spins upside down. I wonder, if he managed to move on, what would it take for all the emotion and the crumpled world? That's the question that is lingering in the back of my mind, and makes me want to pick this book up and read it quickly. If his world collapses again, and he is faced with moving on completely and persevering through the turmoils and ultimately forgiving himself, what is it that he sacrificed (if anything) along the way?
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