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Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

kimzshum's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

readingwithmy's review against another edition

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

SpoilerI enjoyed Before the Coffee Gets Cold, but found it to be a bit…underwhelming? The concept of the novel is extremely interesting, but due to all the restrictions when it came to the actual time traveling, nothing exciting really happens. It’s just a simple, heartwarming magic realism novel about a handful of characters that face the many ups (familial bonds, friendship, etc.) and downs (breakups, disease, loss, etc.) of life. The purpose of the time traveling isn’t anything dramatic, but rather just to acquire a sense of inner peace. Because of how likable the characters were, it was easy to follow along and experience their highs and lows with them.

staringwhale's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

liviamk's review against another edition

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  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.0

rosafb's review against another edition

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4.0

I enjoyed the premise of this book.  It was a lovely story.

isabeel's review against another edition

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4.0

The first story was kind of hard to get into but by the second one, I was bawling my eyes out like a baby. Beautiful read and great characters.

imlaralyle's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

co_sima's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

cec_i's review against another edition

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reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

maliatuqa's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0