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review 2018-01-03 08:32
#1 - Delirium stories by Lauren Oliver
Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven - Lauren Oliver

I first read Delirium in 2014 and had wanted to read this collection of novellas ever since. I'm glad I did because it was a nice addition to the series. However, I guess I should probably have re-read the series first because I had forgotten so many things about this world. I remember really enjoying the Delirium series and I just add it to my "re-read TBR"!

 

It was refreshing to see from other characters' perspectives and I know what happened here were important events from the original series but I just did not remember a lot.

 

It was a pleasant and short first read of the year!

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text 2017-12-02 01:53
16 Festive Tasks - Square 7 - International Human Rights Day
Ringer - Lauren Oliver

The plot of Ringer involves bringing to light the deeds of a group that has been doing illegal medical experiments on unwanted children they bought from parents and on clones of those children. The kids are treated like dumb creatures. They are physically, mentally, and sexually abused. So the story is about their rights being abused, but also, eventually, about the people who are trying to defend them.

 

 

Book themes for International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language (i.e., not in English and not in your mother tongue), –OR– a book written by anyone not anglo-saxon, –OR– any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused. –OR– Read a book set in New York City, or The Netherlands (home of the U.N. and U.N. World Court respectively).

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review 2017-08-31 12:41
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Panic - A. Intelisano,Lauren Oliver

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Oliver's Delirium trilogy.  The two main characters in this book were likable though.  I listened to this book in the audio version and wasn't crazy about the different voices the person used.  I may have liked the book better had I read it in text form.  The relationship struggles felt realistic.  The book discussed difficult issues including homelessness, drug addiction, neglect, trauma, and high-risk behaviors.  I was pleased with the ending of the book.

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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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text 2017-05-24 13:31
Delirium Novel
Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Loved this book, highly recommend it.

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