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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Before by J. Kilburn is a coming-of-age satire that pieces together the lives of a tribe of kids, and is part of the author's Heaven's Door series. There are many moving pieces in this novel and various point of view characters. The narrative weaves between third-person and omniscient, but all stress the generational divide between teenagers who are doing their best to have nothing to do with, or be nothing like their parents, and parents who think their daughter is just getting fat when she is actually pregnant. And not a lesbian, most of the time. Somewhere between banana-seat bicycles, GEDs, hockey practice, and cigarette-perfect joints between ruby-red lips, the young group provides insight in this prequel and a fly-on-the-wall perspective of what transpires Before Heaven's Door.
First of all, I'd like to start by getting it out there that I read this book first. Yes, I read Before prior to anything else and I do hope the book that follows is as good. I love a good coming-of-age story, particularly when paired with mischievous, everyday kids who turn out to be anything but. J. Kilburn breathes life into them with some hilariously awkward scenes some of us will be able to relate to, and others that probably nobody will be able to relate to at all. Or at least I seriously hope nobody will. The writing is clean and tight even if it is sometimes a bit loquacious between dialogues, but the dialogue is worth the wait given that it is probably among the top 1% in its sarcasm and authenticity. Nell Zink and the novel Nicotine come to mind, and I have no doubt others who read this novel will find themselves both amused and bewildered in the best possible way.