Before the Coffee Gets Cold Review

E-Book, 213 Pages
Contemporary/ Magic Realism
By: Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot(Translator)
Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2

โ€œIt takes courage to say what has to be said.โ€

This is the kind of books that I always have a cold feet going into. It just kept popping everywhere lately that I had to finally give it a chance. There are a few reasons as to why I stay away from similar books: translations can be tricky and I will never get to appreciate the author’s real style. Magic realism is a genre that I don’t like.

This is a story about time travel and I read some of those stories before and they all sound similar at some point. This one however and to be fair is a bit different from the technical point of view because you can choose to travel to the past or future from a seat in a coffee shop but there are very strict rules and the fanciest one is that you have to come back before the coffee gets cold which is where the story gets its name from.

The thing about these stories is that they always have the same core message which is to live the present to the fullest and appreciate what we have specially when it comes to people and never wait to do something because we don’t know what the future is hiding and through this story we get to meet 4 characters who decide to time travel for different reasons which I mostly mentioned above. However, the execution was a bit weak because the points of the stories were a bit buried in sentiment.

The story is short with a fast pacing so I read the whole thing in less than 3 hours. The characters never get to shine because our time (pun intended) with them is short. There is a focus on appearance and some telling rather than showing.

Summary: It is a cute and fast story that is kind of forgettable on the long run. I liked the queer time travel rules and I will remember those despite me always hating not getting explanations for magic in this genre. The characters are okay and the writing could have been better although I am not sure how much of it was lost in translation. It is a fast read anyway so if you like time travel stories, give it a chance.

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