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. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.
I received this book from the publishers for an open and honest review.
Having been in a reading slump for a VERY long time and wanting to move away from my usual YA genre, I decided to pick up Before I Go by Colleen Oakley. The lovely Alison at Atlantic books sent over this copy with some ’tissues for tears’ included. I am a sucker for a tear jerker both in the form of books and film. I mean, who hasn’t cried like a baby whilst watching Marley and Me?! I recently found tears streaming down my face at the award winning ‘The Theory of Everything’. If you haven’t seen this film yet I can highly recommend it, both for it’s compelling plot line and fantastic acting. Eddy Redmayne you are a legend!
Anyhoo, back to the book. Although the subject of this book is hard to read, the writing itself is easy to get through and Colleen Oakley’s writing style combines a serious topic with flashes of humour. I enjoyed the sub-plot which involved Daisy’s best friend, Kayleigh, a teacher who, unlike Daisy, is finding it difficult to find her soul mate. Throughout the novel, Kayleigh dates a whole host of unsuitable guys which provided a light addition to an otherwise sombre plot.
Colleen Oakley has managed to create a very real and honest character in Daisy. It is clear that Daisy finds it hard to deal with her emotions. She wants to do the best for her husband Jack but in the process unwillingly pushes him away. It was clear whilst reading that I needed to prepare myself for an inevitable sad ending and the tissues were certainly needed.