Before I Go

Before I Go

Book - 2015
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On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant "Cancerversary" with her husband, Jack, to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it's an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. She's terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but helpless husband when she's no longer there to take care of him. The solution: she has to find him another wife.
Published: New York, NY :, Gallery Books,, 2015.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476761664
Branch Call Number: F OAK
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,24 cm


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Feb 21, 2018

very well written story with humor and pathos. I felt at times it was trite, but came to appreciate the importance of the messages about dying that were brought out.

Jan 20, 2018

Enjoyed this book. Characters relatable. Story moves right along.
The many ways a cancer diagnosis can affect not only the patient, but also those around them are well explored.
I loved the way the author used the main character's propensity to make lists throughout; it really made it easy for the reader to get into her mindset.
My only frustration was how often the main character refused to talk with those close to her, but I guess that was necessary in order for the story line to work.

Mar 16, 2017

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. Daisy's first cancer went to her lymph nodes so she had a good chance of it coming back. Daisy is a confident person who just wants to make sure everything is in order once she is gone especially making sure her husband is okay and taken care of. She thinks he needs someone to take care of him. I think this is a distraction for her from the cancer and dying and gives her something to do even though deep down it isn't what she wants to happen.

I really liked Daisy and Jack and her friend Kayleigh. I thought they had a great relationship and it was sad to see her trying to ruin what they had for the last few months she was alive. I wanted to reach in and shake Daisy. Remind her that what she has with Jack is something special and that she needs to spend what time she had left with Jack as much as possible.

Even if you haven't had cancer like me, this is well worth the read. It is so beautifully written and will pull the reader right into the lives of the characters. The reader will care a lot for Daisy and it's so sad to know that she won't live for very long. She is a great character. At the end you wish that Daisy and Jack can live a long and healthy life together.

Jul 08, 2016

I really cannot add to the already excellent comments given. It is a wonderful book that will make you laugh, cry, be frustrated and, at times, angry. You will remember Daisy, the young women who narrates this book. 5 STARS

Aug 12, 2015

I found this book difficult to put down. I felt a connection with the characters, like in a favorite tv show that you watch for years to keep up with them.
It was not the tear jerker that I thought it would be but very thought provoking. I appreciated the last chapter that let me know that the people left behind were ok and moving on.

Feb 20, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It had everything one would want, i.e., strong feelings of humor, anger and sadness. It was a story handled with such beauty and sensitivity, I hated to see it end!

Dec 05, 2014

This was a really fast paced emotional book. It will make you laugh, cry and feel very angry all at the same time. A great book to fill a weekend.


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