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One Last Thing Before I Go

One Last Thing Before I Go - Jonathan Tropper Check out Scott Reads It! for reviews, giveaways, & more! I had never even heard of Jonathan Tropper before requesting One Last Thing because I mostly read Young Adult books. I was intrigued by the book's description, but I didn't actually expect that I would enjoy it. I'm definitely not the "targeted audience" for this one, but I surprisingly enjoyed. I am confident when I say that I'll definitely be reading more of Tropper's books. Tropper succeeds on so many levels in One Last Thing Before I Go: this book is equally heartbreaking as it is humorous. Since the main character, Silver is terminally ill, most of the jokes are dark humor which is NOT for everyone. Keep that in mind if you plan on reading this book. Many of the jokes weren't laugh-out-loud, rolling-on-the-floor hilarious, the jokes are more subtle jokes that are meant to evoke a few chuckles. Don't expect to be laughing your head off! One moment in One Last Thing you could be crying your eyes out and the next you could be laughing. This book is a strange book, but extremely engrossing one; I was hooked right from the beginning. This is a book that will best be enjoyed by "middle-aged" people who will be able to identify with Silver better than most readers. Even I as a teenager could oddly identify with Silver and his hardships; Tropper definitely has created a character that is easy to identify with and easy to root for. The other characters in this zany cast of characters are all extremely developed and are realistic with their insane, overwhelming personalities. These characters felt like they were breathing, like they lived beyond the page which is always a good sign. In One Last Thing Before You Go, you have this premonition that you know what's going to happen; in the same way, you know what's going to happen in The Fault In Our Stars. You just know what's going to happen next, but you have this lingering doubt that it's not going to end that way. One Last Thing Before I Go does go down the route that I expected for the most part. It was a tad predictable until I arrived at the very end, the finale. The finale was so wonderfully crafted and yet so horrible at the same time; it was very open-ended and it kind of irked me. I felt that this was a good decision, yet I felt so annoyed by this decision and so pleased by it. I felt rather ambivalent towards the ending, but for the most part, it was excellent. One Last Thing Before I Go is an extraordinary contemporary novel that I would highly recommend. I will definitely be reading more of Tropper's novels and I have a feeling that I will quickly become a fan of his. This was definitely a lovely surprising read and I'm so happy that I took the time to read this one. One Last Thing Before I Go isn't your typical contemporary novel and succeeds in both emotional depth and humor.