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Before I Let Go

Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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From the number one New York Times best-selling author of This Is Where It Ends comes an intense story of loss and the quest for truth.

Corey and her best friend, Kyra, are inseparable. Corey is the only person who understands Kyra's high-highs and low-lows. So when Corey's family moves away from their Alaskan town, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winters and wait for her return. Except Kyra doesn't. Two days before Corey is to visit, Kyra is found floating underneath the ice.

While everyone in Lost Creek deems Kyra's death a suicide, Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. The town is keeping secrets - chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to Kyra may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.

Author Bio: Marieke Nijkamp is a storyteller, dreamer, globetrotter, and geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, DiversifYA, and YA Misfits. She lives in the Netherlands. Visit mariekenijkamp.com.

©2017 Marieke Nijkamp (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this book. I did not like the sexual representation (I bought this specifically for the asexual representation but it felt out of place, like the author was trying to add some diversity but it felt forced), I didn't like the overall storyline either. It felt like the author didn't know what she wanted the story to be about (mystery, sexuality, high school drama, murder??) and so put EVERYTHING possible into it.

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  • Maryah Stevens
  • 11-02-18

No...

I hate giving bad reviews...
I finished this book because it was short.
I'm not satisfied with it.

The main character feels empty and replaceable, just a name that reacts to situations. I constantly forgot and mixed up characters, (the main character, the bipolar bff and the two guys at the end). I kept drifting in and out and had to rewind a few times. There is a lot of chapters that flip flop all over a time line, and chapters that are just scripts as if the author didn't have time to flesh out a finished story. At first I thought the script scenes would reveal it as a spying characters point of view from the outside, but it is not... and finally, there are various chapters that are letters/diary entries that give the audience understanding but not the characters. All of the characters do not seem realistic at all, like when *spoiler* the towns people have a weird hive mind and try to kill the main character or threaten her a bunch, she just acts as if it is normal and it didn't happen... There are a bunch of whispering ghost scenes that fall flat and are not explained.

The book is depressive on all levels.

Glad it is over, but hate that I have to review it so soberly.

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  • Kris Potter
  • 23-12-19

good read

it was very suspenseful. I had to know what happens next the whole way through.

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  • Kristine T.
  • 18-06-18

roadtrip

slow at times. heavy story, but mental disorders can be heavy. story jumps around at times.