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Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

25 reviews

manatsu's review

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

3.25


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aurinkotuuli's review

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emotional hopeful sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25


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sadietcrock's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

5.0


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ntvenessa's review

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

3.75

At times the writing is needlessly repetitive and frustrating, but overall a wonderful, emotional novella with a message of hope.

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joanabryant's review

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

4.5


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beca_reads's review

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emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

This was a beautiful book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am not big on fantasy and this had the perfect amount. I loved the sentiment of each story and following the characters.  

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beeswithasthma's review

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

3.0

-!spoilers!-

ok, similar to my last review (i really need to sort out my time management) i am in fact writing this at 1 am so this may be a bit of a bad review but i know i will forget so.
overall, i really liked the plot of this book, and it made me think a lot about the issues with time travel as ultimately there is a problem with what happens if you change the future/past. 
a few of my favourite bits were:
the end of the first part when the ghost lady closed her book and it was called “ the lovers”, i thought that was very sweet and made me smile
the very last paragraph, yeah i cant really remember it but i remember it was good
hirai moving back in with her parents

however, (i mean barely a however) the reason why i havent rated this over 3.25 stars is just really because it didnt make me cry. i understood it was sad eg the dementia bit with fusagi, but nothing was described to the point of my tears, however sad it made me
another thing was just that it wasnt my favourite i guess, im not sure, it was a good book dont get me wrong but it wasnt like a  g o o d  book you know?
(im slightly tired i have been up till 2 for the last few nights, dont mind my bad review) 

but yeah pretty good book :) 

(also dont mind how many content warnings i put, i was just messing around ((all true thoufh)) and scrolled through all of them and selected the ones that fit)

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mme_carton's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad 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


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sapphire_is_reading's review

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hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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butchsunflower's review

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

5.0

I read this for a book club for this week, but it's one I've wanted to read for a bit now. I'm so glad I did, because it's such a sweet, gentle book filled with so much heart. There were a few points where the writing was a little clunky and repetitive, but it really didn't detract from my enjoyment. The characters were loveable and the concept was unique. But man did this one tug on my heartstrings! I'll admit, I cried more than once. It's a very quick read, but I do recommend take breaks between each chapter/story because each one packs an emotional gut punch, but in like a comforting way lol. If you're looking for a gentle magical realism book with a fun concept, loveable characters and full of warmth and heart, this is the book for you!

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