I was in Shakespeare & Co. in Paris earlier this year. Such a beautiful place, I was there for hours, unwilling to leave. I was determined to purchase a book with a Shakespeare & Co. stamp on it. Then this book – Before The Coffee Gets Cold caught my eye. After reading the summary, the cover of the book perfectly illustrates the setting of the book – which is a small cafe in Tokyo.
Quick Summary of Before The Coffee Gets Cold
Written by a Japanese author and translated into English, this book is about a cafe in Tokyo that offers a time-traveling opportunity. Customers, however, have to sit at a particular seat and return to the present before the coffee gets cold.
Time-traveling and coffee? Totally for me!
Time Travel Comes With Rules – A Little Spoiler Here
Of course, there’s a catch when it comes to time traveling. Didn’t The Umbrella Academy prove that to us – you don’t mess with time travel! In Before The Coffee Gets Cold, there are rules in order to go back in time:
- The person you meet must have visited the cafe before.
- Customers have only one chance to go back in time – be mindful of who you want to meet and why you want to meet, you don’t want to waste this once in a lifetime opportunity
- Can’t change the present. Nope, nothing like The Umbrella Academy.
- You’ll be stuck in the past forever if you miss the chance to come back to the present. And if you haven’t figured out how you’ll be stuck in the past, it’s in the book title.
- There is only one seat that you may sit at to return to the past and most of the time, it’s occupied. Why is that so? Read the book to find out why!
- The person you meet must have visited the cafe before.
Before The Coffee Gets Cold
This incredible book is less descriptive and more dialogue-based. The setting is mainly the cafe with two cups of coffee which, if you didn’t realize, is depicted in the cover of the book. There are four chapters in the book, four unique stories and four different reasons why the characters want to go back in time. All four stories were touching, each more heartwarming than the ones before and as I read deeper into the book, I started to reflect upon myself.
Love is the reason
I don’t wish to spoil (or spoil more) so I won’t talk through the stories. However, I am absolutely sure everybody can relate to the stories. And to me, love is the reason why the characters are willing to risk getting stuck in the past.
Regret, getting answers, wanting closure, moving on.
I often reminisce about my past. As I get older, I think about my high school days, my college memories, having fun with my friends when I did my undergraduate at the University of Manchester. Whether they are happy memories or sad ones, sometimes I do wish I can travel back in time.
Believe it or not, I am only human. There are mistakes I make, things I wish I could undo or words I wish I never said. Hence, I got emotional reading this book, it’s definitely a touching book.
I’m trying to be more positive now and take the advice “Forget the past, leave it behind and just move on” and applying it to every part of my life. Words are easy to say, it’s hard to actually take action but I’m trying. So as I read the book, I ask myself,
Do I really want to go back in time even if I can’t change the present? Unfortunately, I still don’t have the answer to that.
But I’d like to know if you, like the characters in the book, with their rules, would want to take the risk and travel back in time? Please share, I’m really curious!
Also, do check out the other book reviews – Loveboat, Taipei and Me Before You!
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Mehr Israan says
Great post! If I had the chance to be able to go back in time I would
Want to go to change things but if it doesn’t change the present then maybe not?
It’s a tough choice since you can’t change the present. But maybe you can get answers and closure, I would consider that. At the same time, maybe let bygones be bygones and just move on 🙂
I can’t wait to read this book! We all make mistakes, but there is nothing that I would want to go back to change in the past of future. We can learn so much from our mistakes. And the things that unfold in our life teaches us lessons that we often don’t understand of fully grasp the meaning or teaching point from.
It’s a very interesting thought.
Exactly! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy this book!
This sounds like an interesting book, especially the time-travelling factor in the storyline. Thanks for this review!
Thank you for reading. I’m so into time-travel books/shows haha
This book sounds exactly like my sort of book!! I have a couple of moments in my life I’d love to look back on to see what would happen if I’d chosen a different path or said something different, but I wouldn’t want my change of decision to change my present! I think I might have to buy this book to see why the characters chose to time-travel! 🙂 xx
Yes, do give this book a read! I do feel like I would want to travel back just to get closure but at the same time, it may not be worth it since things have said and done. This was an interesting read 🙂
Wow this hit home in many ways! Definitely interested in reading this!
Hope you do read this, it’s extremely relatable and touching 🙂
Cherry Living says
Wow this looks so interesting! I love the part “Forget the past, leave it behind and just move on”. I firmly believe the past is the past for a reason. Thanks for writing this xx
Yes, me too! Thank you for reading 🙂
Natasha Evans says
Oh wow this sounds like such a fantastic read, I’m adding it to my Goodreads ASAP! I love the cover as well!
Tash // A Girl with a View
It’s quick to finish and definitely touching, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂