I read a lot--all sorts of different things--but rarely does a book make me fall in love. This one did and has stuck with me long after. I recommend it to anyone I think might give it a shot. I remember loving the premise and seeing it described as starting out as Mean Girls meets Groundhog's Day, but that it had surprising depth. That was a pretty apt description. This book had aspects of fun and kept you reading in part because of the tension inherent in the main character attempting to figure out why she was reliving the days and what she was supposed to do to stop it. One aspect I loved is that usually in those types of situations, it's usually obvious to the reader what the main character is supposed to do, but it takes them the whole book to finally get there, so it's predictable. But in this book, she doesn't wait until the end to get to that place, and when it doesn't work, it makes everything unpredictable, throwing the reader into a place where they don't know what the "key" to making the repetition stop either.
I also loved that every day she relived, her different choices became a butterfly effect, so even when some of the initial choices she makes are ones you've been waiting for, the effects are surprising. I find myself able to predict most books fairly well, but this one always kept me moving forward into mystery, which I LOVED.
Then there was the emotional depth, which made it truly memorable. It went to a surprisingly powerful place, posing big questions without ever having to even ask them on the surface.
Perhaps my favorite aspect, however, was how the lessons the author pulls from the experience are not the ones you'd necessarily expect. They're complex and show things aren't just black and white. I love when authors don't fall back on easy morals and themes, and no character ended up being 2-dimensional, no character ended up being pure anything (bad, good, victim, etc.). It left me feeling like I'd read something very real instead of something meant to teach a lesson.
One last note, because it's an important one for any audiobook--the narrator was PERFECT for this story. There was a brief moment with two teacher characters where I thought she went a little overboard on the voices, but then, it almost felt like it was the main character mocking them (and it was very brief), so it ended up okay. Other than that, I thought Sarah Drew brought an incredible amount of life and vulnerability to the story. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much reading it in book form, but I'm glad my first introduction to it was in audiobook form.
I hope everyone else who reads this enjoys it as much as I did!
This was a book I had purchased, but had put off listening to. I tried a couple of times, and was not immediately engaged, so I'd always switch to something else. However, once I truly gave the book a shot, I LOVED it! Kept me up late at night. So good.
I hated this book! I really did for about the first third! I found myself captivated and yet unable to disengage as I relived some of the worst years of my life! Despite the horror of my 30something year old memories being brought back as if yesterday, I couldn't stop listening - totally captivated by the insight's into the mind of one of 'them' - those perfect popular girls in High School I suffered under - and wanted so badly to be. I was, as it was so aptly described at one point, one of the 'have nots', one of the victims of the harsh injustices of the teen years.
I had downloaded this book as it was by the same author as Delirium, which was good enough for me. I didn't look at any of the reviews until it was too late and my mind had already been transported backwards in time, and i was trying to get my head wrapped around why the book at been so well rated with leading characters who were so blatantly anti-role-model types. The cruelty, prejudice, judgemental behaviour, and flagrant disregard for authority the girls displayed seemed so counter to what I've become accustomed to in the female heroines in teen reads. I went to the reviews - and found that redemption was on the horizon....
And then She woke up - again on the same day, and her world and perspectives and life started changing.
I have not finished the book yet - so i'm not sure where it's all going. There've been a few surprises along the way, both good and bad, a testament I think to the Lauren Oliver's ability to craft her world, and bring the reader (listener) wholely into it! There've been smiles, and laughter, and yes, tears, and I expect there will be more before I'm done.
This was not a wasted credit as I'd first feared!
The reader does go a little fast once in a while - but then again - so does life, and yes, so do teenaged girls!
I was really suprised how good this book is. I only bought it because it was on sale and I wanted something to listen too during a recent trip I took. The story and the characters are amazing. I couldn't stop listening.
i'm extremely surprised at the other reviews that suggests that Sarah Drew is a great narrator...i loved her voice for the main character, but every other voice was extremely annoying and downright horrible...the voices she used were choppy, staccato voices that made them sound like 5 year old robots...she also had a whiny tone in most of them when they weren't being flippant...i didn’t like a single personality she chose for any of them, especially the main love interest and you should like the love interests personality to want them to be together, but I really really hated her voice for him which made me not really care about their relationship…
that being said, WOW this book is amazing...i loved the book Rewind and this was a great variation on it...i knew it better end well because i really hated the main character at the beginning, but that was the point and as the day progressed over and over she learned many lessons and I was able to like her more and more that by the end I was almost in tears at the outcome…
This is a VERY sophomoric story! Had one of my students written it and turned it in to me as a class assignment, I would have red marks all over it but suggestions for improvement (shorter) and a C for completing the assignment.
The story reminded me of Groundhog Day.
What a vile effort this is. It truly is hard to believe this is the same author of Delirium, a novel that treats teenagers as human beings, a book that is clever and intelligent and has some real themes to ponder. This is the worst trash available regarding teeneagers, displaying a cliched and ugly view, obsession with popularity and looks and superficiality... our "heroine" is utterly worthless and worthy of nothing but contempt. After 60 minutes I was convinced the author must HAte teenagers, and must hate peopl in general for that matter. ... Yeah ok, I know, there is some of these aspects in the teenage world but I am not that far removed from it and this is a disgusting exageration, cheap and easy and stupid. Teenagers should not be exposed to this crap. Because teenagers actually CAN be worthwhile human beings, despite this authors conception here.
As for the story, who gives a damn after the vermin characters and their vapid, stupid, shallow, hateful perspective is detailed for almost 2 hours and the author's ugly view of teenagers is put forth. The main character and all her friends are so dispicable, it is truly impossible to get past that to the story. THe author should be ashamed. PArents, if you care about your kids ou won't recommend this. Kids, if you care about your brain, you won't waste your time on it... The author's other work (Delirium- which is so vastly superior I truly wonder if the same author wrote it) is worth your time. Here, it is a bunch of shallow, hateful, worthless, shallow, superficial, awful characters - an amplification of one of the worst aspects of teenagers ( and humans for that matter) and after a few hours of that crap, which most teems with a brain and any hope of a future will reject anyway - and an examination of what the author imagines is their shallow, horrid, hateful world. SHAMEFUL stuff. The author should be deeply ashamed, especially if she really did write the other book credited to her name here
I never would have taken time to read this book as it just isn't a type I would normally choose. The reviews I read tho had interested me. It took me a little bit to get with what was going on but soon I was hooked! I thought Sarah Drew did an excellent job of "performing" the story And was so thankful to have gone thru the "learning process" with Samantha! As one of the other reviewers said this is a "must listen" for anyone!!
Interesting concept and it really makes you think. I love the way this book explores the way things can change in our lives just by taking the time to look at things through someone else's eyes.
This looked like it might by YA but I thought I would give it a chance. I didn???t think I was going to get through it, and let me tell you why: the writing is so exact, so visual, so vivid, that the reader is drawn into the world of these seventeen year old girls. You see, hear, smell, and feel the world they live in and hear their inane conversations. I did not want to hang out with a group of seventeen year old girls. With such great writing, I stuck with it, and I am glad I did. The reader walks along with Samantha as she relives each day in a ???Groundhog Day??? fashion. Sam sees the effects of her actions and tries to right what once went wrong. We see Sam grow up, find herself and her purpose. And he narrator ??? never have I heard such an excellent reading! Every character has a distinct voice and personality.