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review 2017-06-12 22:05
#42 - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

First thing I liked about this book: the main character is not perfect. She is actually part of the “mean girls”. Sam, Lindsay, Ally and Elody really reminded me of Cady and her friends in Mean Girls, something I really enjoyed (I’ve always been a huge fan of this movie; every time I see my friend from primary school, we watch it together. We even used to do the choreography.) Perfect MCs are really something I’m getting tired of, so it was great to have those characters. It reminded me of high school (this part was not that great actually), of what I had done to people and of what people had done to me. Being a teenager is hard. And teenagers can be really stupid. You don’t always think about how your acts can affect other people’s lives. I think this book is important in that way.


I loved the Delirium series and Panic was great too, so I was excited to read another Lauren Oliver book (especially as this one was her debut novel). And I was not disappointed. The writing was fantastic. I loved how things escalated, how it was going faster and how Sam was falling into darkness. 


The book was different from what I expected. Every day is different; I was expecting it to be exactly the same, the main character being trapped in it. She managed to change it and it was also great to see how a small thing could have such an effect on the day’s events; butterfly effect. It was well done.


This book has some strong themes: underage drinking (which is not such a big deal where I live, you can drink beer when you’re 16 and strong alcohol when you turn 18, so that part was not that big a deal for me, but I still think it should not be that way), driving under the influence of alcohol (which is something really hard for me to understand. People do it every day, my friends do it, my dad does it… And it is driving me crazy. They just don’t understand, it’s insane), sex, suicide, bullying… It is done in a non moralistic way, but at the end of the book you still think these things are bad. Without someone having to tell you: drinking is bad. I don’t know how to explain that, but I think it was great.


It was also really emotional. Can you imagine living the same day again, and again, going to sleep without know if you will wake up? Knowing you died the day before, without being sure of it, not being able to tell anybody… It is creepy as hell. Sam got lost along the way, she went crazy; she totally lost herself. Only to be found again. The story with Kent was everything to me, it was so good and beautiful!


I really, really recommend this book. It is short and fast-paced. It is also kind of easy to read despite the content that can be really hard.

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review 2017-03-28 00:00
Before I Fall
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver This story is pretty eye-rolling at times. She's the very cliche mean girl. I was thinking it wasn't going to be my thing at first because I'm not into that, but after the whole groundhog day effect came into play, things got more interesting. She keeps making changes each day. She tries to correct mistakes, but the outcome is never quite what she expects. The way things happened was surprising to me also. I think it's worth checking out, especially teens will probably love it.
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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-10 06:32
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Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

 So far I have mixed feeling about this book. I like the idea that this young girl who kind of takes her life for granted has to relive the last day of her life over and over seven times. This book shows a raw look at what high school life is like as a popular teenage. I love this and hate this. I don't like how mean Lindsey and her friends are.  

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review 2017-03-04 12:41
Before I Fall ★★★★☆
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver,Sarah Drew

I should have really disliked this book, because (1) it’s YA, which usually wallows in feelings I left behind decades ago, and (2) it’s mostly written in first-person-present-tense, which I usually hate with the heat of a thousand fiery suns. I was convinced to give it a try by two excellent reviews from people I trust, and I decided to go with audio as the FPPT style is usually less obnoxious when read aloud.


And… I truly enjoyed it. It’s well-written, and the FPPT style actually fits with the story, and I could get over the adolescent drama, because getting over it is really what this book is about. I won’t go into plot details, because that’s been done elsewhere by more skilled reviewers, but I will mention the few flaws that made this a 4 star read for me. The mawkish romance toward the end felt like an obligatory addition to the plot, because apparently, all YA must include a love story and a teen girl’s life is incomplete without it. And the love interest was a male version of the manic pixie dream girl, and the only truly unrealistic character in the book.


A word of caution: As the book starts out, the main character is a truly unpleasant person, and I felt crazy impatient with her and her friends. I might have DNF’d if I hadn’t known that this was the point of the story. I’m glad I stuck with it.


Audiobook, via Audible. Sarah Drew provides an excellent performance.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-23 10:41
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Review
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

Goodreads Synopsis: For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.





I admit that the movie trailer made me interested in reading this book. I liked how even though she was living the same day over and over again it wasn’t too repetitive and it was interesting to see what would change in each version of that day.


Anytime I read a YA book set in high school there is always this hierarchy with popular mean girls and jocks at the top. Are all American high schools really like this? The abuse that Sam and her friends put Juliet through was truly awful. However, this story not only portrayed the negative impact bully’s actions can have on their victims but we also got an insight into the motivations of the bully’s and even feel sympathetic towards them.


I really loved Kent and I wanted Sam to be with him. He knew deep down she was still the girl he was friends with all those years ago. That no matter how mean she could be it wasn’t who she really was. I felt they didn’t get enough time though. Sam may have spent a few versions of that day with Kent but for him he only got a very little amount of time with the girl he’s been in love with for years…the poor guy.


I couldn’t stop thinking about this story when I had finished it. I was left wondering what happened to Juliet, Kent, and her friends? How were they effected by her death. Did her friends go back to behaving they way they always did or did they wake up to how they were treating people and decide to change? I’ll admit I wanted to see the fairytale ending of this story where Sam redeemed herself and wakes up on February 13th, lives happily ever after with Kent, and Sam and her friends no longer strike fear into those around them. Although I knew how it would end I kept hoping I would be wrong.


I really enjoyed this story more than I thought I would and I can't wait to see the movie!

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