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Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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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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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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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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sophiesmallhands's review

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emotional mysterious reflective medium-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

2.5


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azalea_b's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective relaxing 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? Yes

4.5


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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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jaybee_32's review

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emotional hopeful 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

3.5


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danipanini's review

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

4.5

As I needed something waaaay lighter after reading 1984 HAHA I finally set aside the time to read this short yet sweet novel. It read as if a literal cup of coffee to perfectly start your day, warm and comforting and familiar.

For me, its subtle beauty is one that sinks in later than expected, slowly creeping up on you after a night's sleep when you remember that you did read this book. Again, it's a short book you can read in a day if you read quick, so in your rush to finish it, one can easily dismiss it as well. In fact while reading it, I couldn't catch the appeal at first. By the end, I finally pieced it together.

Its universal themes of life, death, and love can touch anyone. Its characters are both rooted in reality so you can easily relate to them. The stories sound cliche but are told in the simplest and most sparing way with no frills, and in that way makes it beautiful in its simplicity. Nothing is too complicated. It simply aims to tell the age-old story of the importance and value of human connection.

It's a quiet masterpiece that's very elegant in its execution, the kind of book that brings a smile to your face and warm feeling in your body when you remember it. It's not an instant favorite, but I love it all the same. Crossing my fingers in hopes that the second installment lives up to the first.

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evelyno's review against another edition

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emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

5.0


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