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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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