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October 17, 2013

ReaLITy Reads: Patrick’s Response to BEFORE YOU GO by James Preller

Realistic fiction is a unique genre in YA because it illustrates challenging situations you may not have personally experienced but connects you to emotions you have. Whether it's uncovering life-altering secrets, making a tough choice, coming to terms with your sexuality or finding your voice, realistic fiction addresses themes relevant to real life. To highlight some of their fantastic realistic fiction, Macmillan established their ReaLITy program. Our Teen Board decided to check out these reads and respond to them in this blog series.

Which ReaLITy Reads book did you read?

I read BEFORE YOU GO by James Preller.

In a couple of sentences, how would you describe this book to your friends?

I would describe the book as something that changes your perspective on how to deal with difficult situations. It's relatable and informs the reader that opening up to your problems gets better. It was a good book.

If you had to pick three words to describe the book, what would they be?

Raw. Real...

What was your favorite part? 

My favorite part was the end because it shows how anyone can have the guts to share their problems in order to actually solve them, rather than hiding them and hoping it gets better.

Did you have a favorite character and if so, what did you like about him/her?

My favorite character had to be Jude, the protagonist of the book, because he goes on a journey and everyone can relate to him.

What did you take away from reading it?

What I took away from reading BEFORE YOU GO is how you can open up to people even if it's hard. Eventually you need to to solve your daily struggles and to grow, just like Jude did.

Who would you recommend it to?

I would recommend the book to boys and girls because the situation Jude goes through is relatable and real. There's an honesty that can appeal to any reader.