Sarah Drew is one of my favorite narrators. I chose this book because of her and was pleased with my choice.
This book was placed on the Summer Reading list at the school I work at and I think it's a good choice. I hated the characters at the beginning, but it seemed I was supposed to, so I kept going to see how things would evolve. I'm happy with the book, and loved the narration. It would be a good book for those new to Audible. It would also be a good book for a parent and teen to read together as it would bring a lot of important topics of conversation up in a relatively non-threatening way.
I have only listened to this book; however it was very nice.
When she finally gets it. She realizes that even though her friends may be shallow, they still have some redeeming qualities and they have reasons for the way that they behave. she believes that there is still hope for them.
Sarah put alot of emphasis into the story, thus bringing out the feelings of the listener.
I did not have an extreme reaction. I did laugh at one point and I was very sad several times through out the story. I also was angry with Lindsey and the girls for their snobbish ways.we
This is not my normal type of book but it was well worth the listen.
Just have to say. I borrowed this audio from the library and I loved it so much I had to buy it for my collection!!! Let me start off with the narration. AWESOME! Sarah Drew did it again. She is one of my favorite narrators! Lauren Oliver, you blew me away! This book/audiobook was beautiful, moving and heart wrenching. Oliver's writing grabbed me and pulled me in. Yes, this was something of a "teenage groundhog day" but with a very needed message for our youth. (I wish this book was written when I was in highschool.) I think this is an awesome book for all teens to read. Oliver does a wonderful job conveying high school life and the repercussions brought on by thoughtless and negative actions towards others. Sam, a highschool senior, is made to live her last day alive over and over again in order to find out what really matters in life and what matters to herself. Oliver has you loving and hating almost every character at one point or another in this emotional roller coaster of a story. I was angry and repulsed. I laughed and cried. I was in love and I hated. In the end I was reminded to pay attention to how I live my life and treat those who are in it. With a word, look, touch or action we can inspire or break a life. Truly life influencing.
I despised smoking and the fact that this book glorifies bad, out of control youngsters, made it extra hard for me to get into the story. I can't identify to the high school experience described in this book. My upbringing & school experience was very different. If nothing else I hope that this book teaches those who chose to continue to populate the earth how important it is to care and to connect, to understand the challenges in your children's life and the need to guide and challenge the status quo in order to break the horrible pattern depicted in this book.
The ending to me was confusing and left me feeling empty after I was able to force myself to not abandon the book.
Kent is probably my favorite besides Sam herself.
I hated this book and I liked the book. I did not in any shape or form love the book. The story is infuriating most times but touching other times. A reminder of how our actions make a difference in other people's life, whether we acknowledge that or not. It was also yet another reminder that life is too short.
This is a young adult novel. There are mentions of sex and some extreme partying (the high-schoolers drink and smoke pot A LOT), plus references to rape and suicide. That is, this might not be for the 11-year-old reader.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The premise is similar to the film Groundhog Day-- a self-absorbed protagonist is forced to live the same day over and over, learning lessons each time. I was kind of impressed at the risk the author took, not so much for the repetition of plot events (necessary of course for the overall thematic purpose), but for having really unlikeable "mean girls" as the main characters. Don't let that discourage you-- the author deepens the understanding of their personalities as the book goes on. I never did quite distinguish the two minor friends in the clique (never name similar characters with similar names :), but the protagonist and her best friend were sharply limned and boldly individualized.
I was expecting more of a "wow" ending, and was a bit disappointed by the soft-focus epilogue which didn't really answer the questions the story had set up. But I was really fascinated by the gritty exploration of life in a small high school and within the "in-group" of popular kids and what distinguishes them from everyone else. Well done and scary, and boy, am I glad I graduated and never looked back!
NOTE: I listened to the audio book from audible.com. I didn't think I'd like the narrator because she sounded so young at first, but she was very good at doing the voices of the different kids, and at conveying emotion, so I ended up really enjoying her narration.
I would recommend this book only to females and only to those that were popular in high school. I'm a sci-fi fan so I was hoping for more out of this book but it's just a coming-of-age genre.
It was exactly what I thought it would be so I was kinda disappointed that the premise was so basic.
Her reaction to her teacher making out with her. We've all been there...where the guy is all into it and you're just staring at the ceiling thinking...this is lame. And then later how after that she can only see him mauling her. ha!
I actually would like it better as a movie than as a book. American audiences usually aren't as tolerant of sad stories but perhaps.
I really enjoyed this book with its imagery and beautiful, but not overused, metaphors. I can definitely tell that this author was a born (and trained) writer. I did not give it a higher rating because there's not anything more to the book than the synopsis suggests. The book touched me, but not as much as I had hoped. That said, I hope the author will write something more ambitious so we can enjoy her writing with more interesting premise.
Another great teen novel. Interesting to see a flawed character trying to become a better person. Sarah Drew does a good job bringing the words alive.
Reviews like: "Mesmerizing", "Great Narrator!", "Great for any age" made me buy this, what a mistake!
Is easy to get lost (for lack of interest) and the narrator is annoying, maybe that's how the character is suppose to sound, but is not easy to listen to after a couple of hours. And it is definitely just for teenage girls.
I could not care less about "matching outfits", how they all like the same coffee with a pretentious name or listening for several minutes about horrible driving skills and high school parties. That's what the first 2 hours of the book is all about.
I'm not the first reviewer to draw parallels between Groundhog Day, Mean Girls, and Before I Fall, but it's just so incredibly fitting that it's difficult to find any other way to describe the book.
All I can say is that I found myself laughing out loud and (shamefully) crying in my car throughout the book. This is YA, but is so well done that older readers will have very little problem getting into it.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The story is very original and the narrator captures the emotions so perfectly. I actually downloaded Lauren Oliver's other book, "Delirium" because it is also narrated by Sarah Drew. This story really struck a chord with me and I can't wait to see what Lauren Oliver comes out with next.