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Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer Book Review

Reasons for Reading This Book:

I follow a number of book Instagram accounts or people who are constantly recommending and reviewing the books they have read. I was in a situation where the next book for The Readheads was not ready at the library yet so I was resourceful and went to the IG accounts I trust for recommendations and started looking for contenders to see what was available at the library. I found a number of the books reviewed by @halpreads to be at the library. I was drawn to the story of Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer because I have never read a story centered around drug addiction. I also loved the idea of book told by two sisters as I have a twin sister and am always interested in learning of other sister relationships. I went into this book with little expectations but a very open-mind to the topic and wanting to learning about the struggles of drug addiction and how it affects the whole family.


Content of This Book: 

Dr. Alexis (Lexi) Vilder is a young doctor who has worked tirelessly to rise from the struggles of her childhood to become the doctor she always wanted to be and to have the happy healthy relationship and house of her own. Her road to get here has all been but easy. After tragically losing her father at a young at she became the ‘mother’ to her little sister Annie and caretaker of the house. This sense of responsibility to care for everyone around her and protect her little sister at all costs got her into the situation she is in now. Jobless, pregnant and once again addicted to drugs, Annie is now in a situation where she cannot get herself out of and needs her sister and her resources. In just one night the two sisters reunite under the worst of conditions and find themselves relying on one another to get through it. This is a story of unwavering sisterly love, heartbreak, grit and determination, and knowing when it’s too late and okay to let go.


What I Liked About This Book: 

I loved the back and forth between the sister’s perspectives. Lexie’s was told from present day and Annie’s was journal entries detailing past experiences. This book was a journey of all emotions possible. At times you were smiling from ear to ear and other times you were wiping tears from your cheeks. In terms of capturing the true emotions of what it was like to live either of these women’s lives it was all there and the reader felt it just like the characters did. The attention to detail was spot on. Even for the mundane scenes of Lexie and Sam’s conversations in bed, I could clearly picture it just like it was on a movie screen. I loved that there were little pockets of joy sprinkled throughout such a dark and heavy book. This made it feel real. As a younger sister who has taken on both the role of little sister and older sister to my twin, I could truly relate to both sister’s needs in the relationship. Lexie was the fixer and problem solver while Annie was the imaginative and creative one always looking to explore as a child. The author played to the strengths of both sister’s role in their relationship and detailed it in both the present and past experiences they shared. The book was not littered with plot twists and crazy dramatic scenes. Everything that played out was extremely realistic. With that being said it was anything but boring. I was intrigued from the first page. I felt as though I was living this tragedy with these sisters. While reading it and after finishing it, I have not stopped thinking about it. That is a sign of a good book. The last thing I will say about this book is that Kelly Rimmer concluded the book just how I wanted. The epilogue gave me just what I wanted following the conclusion of the main story.


What I Disliked About This Book: 

As I am writing this I cannot think of anything that I disliked about this book. That clearly attests to how I feel about this book.


Would I Recommend This Book:

1,000% I would recommend this book. The relationship of these sisters and their story’s will be something I never forget.

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