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*Read Book µ Before You Go ⚸ “Hats off to that brave soul daring to write what might be called speculative literary fiction, and willing to venture answers to questions beyond even those of life amp; death Tommy Butler’s debut novel Before You Go has a big beating heart and a mind all its own” — Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party and Then We Came to the EndA big, rich, lifeaffirming debut that explores the most perplexing questions of existence: purpose, the pain of loneliness, the desire for happiness, and the price we pay as we search for fulfillmentIn the Before, humankind is created with a hole in its heart, the designers not realizing their mistake—if it was a mistake—until too lateElliot Chance is just a boy, and knows nothing of this All he knows is that he doesn’t feel at home in this world, and his desire for escape becomes urgent as he grows into adulthood, where the turbulence of life seems to offer no cure for the emptiness Desperate and lost, he stumbles upon a support group on the edge of Manhattan There he meets two other drifting souls—Sasha, a young woman who leaves coded messages in the copy she writes for advertising campaigns, and Bannor, whose detailed depictions of the future make Elliot think he may have actually been there With these two unlikely allies, Elliot launches into the business of life, determined to be happy in spite of himselfYet the hole in the heart is not so easily filledProfound yet playful, Before You Go is a beautiful, imaginative journey into the ache and wonder of being human, and the quest for a meaningful life I always feel kind of bad when I get litfic ARCs, because I feel like I have to read/review them, and I know I'm going to write some version of well written but not for me I had higher than average hopes for this one, because it did have speculative elements, and if it had leaned into just being SF/F I think it could have been something really enjoyable As it was, I spent the whole time being frustrated that it wasn't This is probably someone's cup of tea It was well written It wasn't really for me. Thank you That was intense and beautiful. 2.5The writing style is gorgeous and I enjoyed the myriad of themes the author explored in the book, but the plot itself felt too insubstantial and hollow for my liking In the frame story, things would justhappen for no discernible reason.Also, I wasn’t in love with any of the characters – the narrator and supporting cast have the collective personality of wallpaper paste, to be perfectly honest I also felt like this book was trying to juggle too many things, and wished the author stuck with a central idea and explored it indepth rather than attempting to be profound in all manner of topics.Tonally, the book also felt off – the beginning reads like a classic herofallsdowntherabbithole fairytale, the middle a gritty New York period piece following a disillusioned Everyman stuck in a deadend corporate job, and the ending a philosophical literary drama about life The chapters were also interspersed withscifi snippets? Told through a side character we barely know of/care about? What?However, I will say, for a debut, it’s a passable story A littleorganization and coherence in the plot would go a long way I’d pick up another book by the author for the writing style alone – it’s one of the book’s few saving graces. I think the overarching idea of this book is a phenomenal one, but overall, I found this story hard to follow This book started off pretty slow and I thought the main character was hard to connect with The writing was great, and I would love to see this author put outbooks Thanks so much to Netgalley and Harper Collins for this Advanced Reader's Copy!