Before You Go by James Preller

By James Preller

The summer time prior to his senior yr, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles tune) will get his first activity, falls in love for the 1st time, and begins to wreck clear of his mom and dad. Jude’s home is saved darkish, and not anyone talks much—it’s been that means considering the fact that his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years in the past whilst Jude used to be speculated to be staring at her.

Now, Jude is eventually, eventually commencing to reside. Really reside. after which, existence spins uncontrolled. back.

Acclaimed writer James Preller explores existence, dying, love, religion, and resilience in his first younger grownup novel that might grip readers from the book’s dramatic first few pages to its emotional end.

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I regretted snapping at Robbie, but sometimes his Big Brother act went too far. Still, Robbie had always been that way—jealous, overprotective, forever looking out for me, like it was his job. I couldn’t remember when I first met him; it felt like he’d always been there. The cafeteria was noisy and dim. I hovered just inside the door, looking for Scott, only to see him at a table in the middle of the f loor, surrounded by cheerleaders and football jocks. I THE IRON KING 37 hesitated. I couldn’t just march up to that table and sit down; Angie Whitmond and her cheerleading squad would rip me to shreds.

Taking that as an invitation, I started toward him, weaving my way past the tables. He f lipped out his iPhone, pressed a button, and looked at me with half-lidded eyes, still grinning. A phone rang close by. I jumped a bit, but continued walking. Behind me, there were gasps, and then hysterical giggles. And then, the whispered conversation that always makes you think they’re talking about you. I felt eyes on the back of my head. Trying to ignore it, I continued down the aisle. Another phone rang.

The Courts are restless. ” The nurse turned, putting both hands on her hips, her voice chiding. “I’m surprised you haven’t given her the mistwine yet. She is sixteen today. ” “I know, I know. ” The shadow sighed, putting his head in his hands. “I’ll take care of that later this afternoon. ” “Resting,” said the nurse. “Poor thing, she was traumatized. ” A chuckle. “The last kid who drank one of your ‘mild’ sleep potions didn’t wake up for two weeks. ” The nurse’s reply was garbled and broken, but I was almost sure she said, “She’s her father’s daughter.

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