Before You Go by James Preller

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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.


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James Preller is the author of SIX INNINGS, BYSTANDER, and the Jigsaw Jones series. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three kids, two cats, and a golden Labradoodle named Daisy. You can visit him on the Web at Bruno is a graphic artist and illustrator who lives in Italy. You can visit him at
Published July 17, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends. 209 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He lets his omniscient narrator drift from unnecessarily detailed definitions of such concepts as riding shotgun to repetitive descriptions of secondary characters that pull the perspective away from the story at hand: "Though Vinnie wasn't a natural fit with Jude and Corey, in real life these ki...

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Preller’s novel opens with a car crash, but he does not reveal who is in the car.

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A Patchwork of Books

In this photo, I sit with a pile of old versions, notebooks, scribbled ideas, rough drafts, grocery lists, typed revisions .

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