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Friday, October 19, 2012

One Last Thing Before I Go

I looooooved This Is Where I Leave You.  So much so it is one of my favorite books ever.  So as soon as I heard Jonathan Tropper was coming out with One Last Thing Before I Go I jumped in the virtual line at the library.

Silver is a forty-something former musician whose ex-wife hates him and his 18-year-old daughter feels nothing but apathy toward him.  Then one day it hits the fan.  His daughter secretly tells him she's pregnant, his ex-wife's wedding is fast approaching, and it turns out Silver is dying.  When he refuses to undergo a lifesaving surgery, his family goes to great lengths to convince him why he needs to stay around.  But Silver must discover for himself the reasons he must fight for his life.

I just love Tropper's writing.  He is honest while not being mean, and he is funny while still keeping the humanity of his characters alive and well.  I wanted to cry for, and to laugh at, Silver all at the same time.  The character recognizes what a screw-up he is yet can't, or won't, lift himself out of the position into which he has lowered.  It's hard not to love him while still pitying him at his lowest human point--but this is where he finds himself.

Yes, I would recommend this book.  It was honest, it was heartwarming, and it was written with love and care.  I loved the characters who populated this book, and they left an indelible impression in my life.  I am so thankful for Tropper's books, as they make me look outside of myself for something greater in the heart of his characters.  Deep down they are good people set in a strong story that leaves me satisfied.

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