My first review of 2015 comes highly recommended! I read Before I Go by Colleen Oakley in December, but wanted to wait until closer to its release date (Jan 6) to share it with you. Back in May, I chose it as one of my Book Expo America top book club picks. I’m glad to say that the book has lived up to its hype.
Daisy, now 27 years old, is living the perfect life. Or as perfect as life can be when one is in remission for breast cancer. She’s eats organic green smoothies, goes to yoga regularly, and is working on her Master’s thesis. She’s married to Jack, her brilliant veterinarian-in-training. On the of her “cancerversary,” as she and Jack calls her cancer-free celebration, she learns that her cancer has returned. With a vengeance.
The cancer has spread through her entire body. Her oncologist gives her only four more months. As Daisy takes stock of her life, she releases that her husband could not survive without her. His brilliance makes him a great vet, but practical aspects of life escape him. Instead of focusing on her health, she decides she must find Jack a new wife. With the help of her best friend Kayleigh, Daisy scouts parks and internet dating sites for the next Mrs. She becomes so focused on her task that she doesn’t realize her world is falling apart right before her eyes.
First of all, any story about a stage IV cancer patient might sound like a depressing read. I’m not saying that this novel won’t make you cry, but I found myself laughing at Daisy and Kayleigh’s antics. The comedy is just enough to keep you from ugly crying-until the end. For a book about cancer, I found the book surprisingly easy to read. Daisy is so freaking likable. So is Kayleigh. I can totally see the book turned into a movie.
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