Review: Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
Published: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: via NetGalley
Challenges: NetGalley/Edelweiss
Rating: 5/5

Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?

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.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

My Thoughts
This is one of those reviews where I won’t talk so much about the book but mainly about how it made me feel. This is definitely a book that plays on emotions. Not so much on sadness which it is but also through a list of them happiness, sadness hope, hopelessness and so many more.

Yes this is about Daisy and her dealing with the recurrence of cancer and her coming to terms with the fact she is dying I didn’t see it so much focusing on the big “C”. Daisy was more focused on putting in order the lives of those she would leave behind. She is a woman of list and organization and she thinks she must find someone for her husband whom she worries about the most. In theory her idea of finding someone for her husband is in a way understandable she never thought she would feel the way she does when she thinks her plan has worked. This is about communication and how one can never jump to conclusions and assume things are what they seem.

There are not enough words to truly describe what this book means and how it affected me. It’s beautifully written words had me up until 2 am because I so needed to know how it all played out. There I was in bed with tears streaming down my face…man I loved this book and I encourage everyone to get this and devour it.  It will make you laugh and it will make you cry but most importantly it will make you realize the true treasure that life is.

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