The beginning is slow and painful (in that you get a full look at a dislikeable person before they begin their change) but incredibly necessary. The further you get into this book, the more desperate you become to finish it. It's truly a story that blossoms more with every word. The narrator does an amazing job for her apparent youth. Her natural reading voice does a great job of reflecting the main character, and she has a surprising range of alternate voices to use on the main cast. The minor characters can sound quite similar, but overall I was surprised by the variety of voices presented. The narrator also does a FANTASTIC job of changing pace and adding stress to her voice during moments of tension.
I've never read (or listened to) such a bittersweet book. It's an emotionally captivating experience. I couldn't put it down, and I would recommend the read to all of my friends, but it's a very wet recommendation. I don't think I stopped crying for the entire last third of the book. Soooo dehydrated...
I bought this book after thinking it was an interesting premise and reading a few of the reviews which said that this book was very UN-young adult. I found the exact opposite to be true. This book was as juvenile a book as I have ever read. While the crux of the story is interesting, it is quite literally about a teenage girl dealing with drama with friends, boyfriends, and high school bullying. The very definition of the YA category.
I found the main character to be utterly unlikable and selfish at nearly every turn. Her motivations, even when trying to help others finally, remained self-centered. Her friends, specifically Lindsey, were reprehensible. There was so justice, no resolution. The ending was absurd. I would like to add more as to why it was such a poor ending, however, I'm very anti-spoiler so I will refrain. I would just say that there was no resolution to any of the characters storylines except for one.
I am still giving it two stars because, like I said, the premise is not a bad one. However, I do wish that I had not wasted my time. I've read better fan fiction.
I didn't like this book at all. The characters were horrible people and I had a hard time feeling sorry for them. The storyline was long and dull and by the end I didn't feel that any of the characters really grew or changed at all. The performance didn't help either. All of the characters sounded to be Ina perpetual state of drunkenness or they were stoned. Terrible!
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
When I finished this book, I needed a vacation! I know teens have much more energy than I do and this story has it all. I was caught from the very first and it never let go. Even though the people in the book were mostly in High School, I did enjoy it. The first half of the book, I allowed my attention to wander. Then things started to move and I knew I would have to start over if I wanted to get the most out of it. I am glad I did! This was written in a very different way. Think of the movie "Ground Hog" Very similar, but more intense. I loved the energy of the characters, the feeling of invincibility. The innocent but intense actions kept me involved and wondering where we'd go next. This is a story about teens, but it is too intense for young teens. I was left wondering and wanting more at the end although that, also, was just as good as the rest of the book!
Wish she ended it by learning her lesson and living to continue the new her! And marrying Kent too.
The book was great and the narrator was awesome. The right person for the age of the characters in the book! Great job to you all!
I had high hopes for this book sadly I just couldn't like it. I just couldn't get into the fact of the story kept repeating itself changing little things here and there but I did enjoy Sarah Drew narrating the story.
This book is one of my very favorites! I loved it the first time I read it a year or two ago and I love it now, the third time I've read it.
Sarah Drew is phenomenal at narrating books and has become one of my favorites since I listened to Delirium, also by Lauren Oliver. She brings so much emotion to the story that it nearly knocks you off your feet. I have found myself in tears listening to heavy scenes that she reads because she makes everything sound so real. Absolutely love this whole book! I would recommend to ANYONE!
Beautiful story, beautiful performance. First book I've read by this author. Will definitely read more. And Ms Drew's performance was stellar, the perfect voice for this story.