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Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

71 reviews

lani's review

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

3.5


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sophie_visentin's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring 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? Yes

4.5


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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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kestrel's review against another edition

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

2.0

 I really like the concept: a normal place like a cafe, but there is a magical element to it. Although it reminded me a little of the kdrama Mystic Pop-Up Bar, this book lacked the impact. All 4 stories were very on the surface level and, frankly, pretty sexist. The last story, especially, disappointed me a lot, considering the dangerous message it sends and made me think about the rest of the stories more carefully. I realized that all of them had the female character compromise with what the society expected from her, even if it meant sacrificing her time, dreams, or life.
Men-talk-with-women-before-writing-about-them-challenge! 

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millieinks's review

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emotional inspiring 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? No

5.0

Just simply amazing. Beautiful. 

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ekfr42's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective relaxing slow-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

4.0


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theleppy's review against another edition

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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? Yes

3.75

 This story was really pretty but sad which I should have been expected given the premise. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and characters and how it all tied up in the end.
I was disappointed a bit in how easily I guessed where some of the stories were going. Then thinking about it later... I'm a bit mad about Kay's fate. It's not like it comes as a surprise because it's hinted at but it's just sad. 

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nicolinebl's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective sad tense 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? Yes

4.0

There were a lot of things that annoyed me in this book but despite all that it's still definitely a 4 star read. 

At the start a lot of characters get introduced (I wrote them all down with descriptions so I'd remember lol) so I was kind of anxious that that would happen with all the stories (4 parts), but luckily they all played bigger parts in the rest of the book (and not many more were introduced after story 1) 

I was mostly annoyed by the overexplaining of things, infodumps and sometimes unnecessary repeating of things that already happened. A recap can be nice for some but it somewhat annoyed me. 

It was however a very emotional and beautiful read and I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first you think the stories probably won't be connected but it turns out they are and I'm glad that the workers in the cafe had a way bigger role in the book than I expected at first. 

Definitely recommend but bring tissues because you will need them!

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salsabeel's review

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

4.0

Would definitely re read 

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renellen_x's review

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emotional inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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