Friday, December 14, 2012

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper [Review]

One Last Thing Before I Go4.5 out of 5 Robots!

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
Genre: Contemporary Adult
Release: August 1, 2012
Hardcover: 324 Pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Following his breakthrough success with the New York Times bestseller This Is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper's latest novel is a moving, outrageously funny look at one family's attempts to conquer life's surprises.

In 2009, Jonathan Tropper—whose previous novels have been acclaimed as superb, tender, smart, honest, sweet, deft, and magnificent, among other praise—made his Dutton debut with This Is Where I Leave You and promptly landed on bestseller lists nationwide. And now, with One Last Thing Before I Go, he offers his greatly expanded readership a novel every bit as hilarious, every bit as heartbreaking.

Silver has begun to accept that life isn't going to turn out as he expected. The exwife he's remained friends with is about to marry a terrific guy Silver can't quite bring himself to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter has just confided in him that she's pregnant—because he's the one she cares least about letting down. As the wedding looms and the pregnancy sinks in, this broken family struggles, bonds, and wrestles with each member's individual anxieties. Lives begin anew, change radically, or, in Silver's case—as he discovers that he could die at any moment without an operation he refuses to have—may be about to end in an instant.

One Last Thing Before I Go demonstrates yet again Tropper's deft touch with the darkest of materials and his ability to make readers laugh out loud in one paragraph and move them to tears in the next.
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Shannon's Thoughts:

I love when an author can take a seemingly unsympathetic character and make you care about them. And that's exactly what happened with One Last Thing Before I Go. Silver has made a mess of his life.  He knows it, his family knows it and his friends know it.  But then he suffers a heart attack and refuses the operation that would save his life.  Silver sets out to right his wrongs but with very mixed results.  You can’t help but like Silver and feel sympathetic towards him.  I loved the relationship between him and his daughter.  She carries around a life time of disappointment, but can’t quite seem to write Silver off completely.  She is pretty sassy too.  Silver is surrounded by people that love and hate him.  But you can’t help but like Silver too.  He KNOWS he’s a screw up and is very self-deprecating about it.  But he also wants to fix things so badly that you can’t help but root for him.  One Last Thing Before I Go is a quick, fun read.  Tropper finds a great balance between levity and poignancy.  I highly recommend this book!

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