Atypical, poignant, captivating.
How to Deal, maybe. Both manage to break out of the vapid high school relationship & identity crisis narrative nonsense, while bringing the best parts of both. From what I remember, though, Before I Fall does it more successfully.
The one in which Sam tells her best friend, Lindsay, that they would still love her if she stopped pretending she was so tough and brave. There was a lot of subtext that anyone who has ever been... a human, can identify with.
I would have loved to, but my schedule did not allow for it.
I don't usually expect much from high school narratives. I usually find the themes to be disgustingly melodramatic or syrupy sweet.
Lauren Oliver killed it!
Sarah Drew's performance was phenomenal. I found it a little amusing that one of the voice was once described as sing-songy, but it sounded more like the voice of a stoner Barbie. That wasn't an important detail in the story, and I think the voice was otherwise appropriate for the character.
Seriously wonderful story and performance alike.
This story is full of revelations and layers of characterization that intertwine to make a suprising and deep read.
Samantha, who through the course of the novel matured through her discoveries.
My favorite scene was when Sam was at Juliette's house and how she experienced a home life she never knew existed, giving her a wake up call and peek into what can make a person who they are.
How many days does it take to get it right? Samantha Kingston just might die finding out.
Beautifully layered book. Just when you think you have it figured out, another layer of plot or characterization is uncovered and you realize you were still just looking at the surface.
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
This book is essentially the young adult version of Groundhog Day. Instead of a grouchy Bill Murray, the main character is a seemingly shallow (mean girl-esque) teenager. I really struggled to get through the beginning of this book. The girls are the epitome of everything I hated about high school, and I was so sick of revisiting Valentine's Day over and over again--but somewhere along the line, in the midst of my eye rolling, I found myself stuck. I couldn't stop listening. The book deals with teen sex and drinking, and if you're sensitive to either subject, you may not appreciate how it was handled, but the moral at the end of the story (this is YA fiction, after all) is crystal clear.
yes because the first time around, I couldn't put it down and stop listening.
Samantha, she and I have alot in common
I'm not sure
I got this book when I had a credit and no good books in mind to read, nothing new as far as authors or anything and I came across it and thought I'd give it a try, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the story, plot or the whole book.
I finished listening to the audiobook this morning and I know that this book is one that will resonate with me for a long, long time.
The quick synopsis is that Sam Kingston is a high school mean girl who dies and then experiences her own version of Groundhog Day for a week.
I must preface my review by saying that the emotions that bubbled up as I read Before I Fall ran the gamut from remembered pain, conviction, frustration, compassion, regret, anger, and elation. I hated high school for so many reasons, including dealing with the silly cliques as portrayed in this story.
Oliver remembers high school too well. Even as one who attended high school 25-30 years ago, the same issues remain for poor, poor adolescents. And even adults, really. We all carry hidden pain and insecurities, right? It just seems that they are magnified when you're a teenager. What Oliver has done with this book is to allow us, through Sam, to experience a sort of theraputic reminiscence of those terrible years. You will come away from it thinking of the people you knew from those days - the mean girls and the rest, too.
I won't mention any specifics from the book, because I prefer not to read or write spoiler filled reviews. From the first words, so perfectly narrated by Sarah Drew (who, as my sister said, completely nails teen girl voice), this book hooked me in. I was disturbed throughout most of the book, but in a good way. And the journey that Sam takes in her repetition of the day she died is a wonder.
I love Lauren Oliver's writing style. She writes beautiful prose, with real characters, and realistic dialogue. She is a master. That Before I Fall is her first book is testament to her skill.
I highly recommend Before I Fall, especially for fans of young adult fiction. It does contain adult language, drug/alcohol use, sexual discussion - pretty much what happens on a daily basis with most teenagers. But I think it's a valuable read.
I have enjoyed other Lauren Oliver novels so I thought I might like this one. It's not my first YA novel but it is one of the younger ones. It's about a girl who relives the same day over and over for one week. It has a good message where as the more days she repeats the more she realizes what's really important. Kind of like the seven stages of grief. I would recommend it for a YA but don't forget the author's description, prepare yourself for the plot.
I don't want to spoil it for anyone so if you want to be completely surprised, stop reading now..................Even though you know the outcome of that last day you find yourself hoping the author found a way to change her fate. You end of hoping for it and being a little disappointed, but at the same time, the end result was for a good reason.
I managed to finish it, but I was certainly not excited to start listening. If I got it for free, I probably would not have finished.
This was a fantastic listen. Before I Fall was one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
All of the characters are written with empathy, so I liked them all despite their faults.
This story lends itself well to the audio form, and Sarah Drew reads the story very well. Her teenager voices are very accurate. If you find teenagers to be very annoying, you might find her voices too good!
I found this story amazing even as a 40 year old reader. Lauren Oliver did an amazing job of taking me back to my teen years and struggle through the challenges of fitting in and finding myself. I laughed, I cried..Great book. Made me take a second look at life and remember the things in life that are important. I will read anything Lauren writes in the futures. I have done this to date and am a big fan so far.
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I was very surprised by this story. At first I didn't like Samantha much or her friends. She and her friends are "mean girls". But each day that is lived over again, peels back a layer of Samantha and her life, as well as her friends. You are made to realize that they are just as vunerable and flawed as everyone else. When Samantha learns that she dies, she goes thru the process of "grief", there is denial, pain/guilt, anger, depression, upward turn, reconstruction, and acceptance. She sees, with maturity, how her actions have affected others. By the end of the book, I was in tears and I already know from the beginning that she dies over and over again. The story builds with each day, and while each day is the same day, how she changes it is very different. The story flows until you cannot put it down. I highly recommend this book, especially to teen girls as well as parents.