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.
What a beautiful story.... exceptionally well written. Sarah Drew's narration is spot on.. Usually, I prefer reading rather than listening, however Sarah Drew's performance contributes much to the overall experience of this story. So well acted, in fact, that parts left me breathless....
I wait excitedly for Ms. Oliver's next book!
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
Other readers(listeners) have touched upon my favorite aspects of Lauren Oliver's writing, and this story, but I just wanted to reiterate how right they are! Oliver's beautiful, incisive prose is a combination of some extensive, poetic descriptions, and other moments where such a few simple words add so much impact and depth because they reveal something more about the character in that moment. The plot, twists/turns, and surprises are masterful. I couldn't help but maybe hope for a different kind of happy ending (not to be a spoiler), but this story delivers the message it's supposed to just as it is. The lesson learned and moral of the story echo very loudly in your heart after the final lines are read/heard. Sarah Drew's talented narration makes a touching story even more compelling..kudos to her for making individual voices identifiable in this cast where the main characters are older teenage girls who, at least on the surface, behave and appear to be so much alike. More than worth "the listen"!
I bought this book because of all the great reviews. For me though, it was not all it was talked up to be. Perhaps I'm more of a fairy tale girl where everything ends just the way I envision it should. This book fell short of that for me. It tried my patience and left me slightly bereft.
I absolutely loved this story...i havent even finished reading it yet and i just have to say the narrator was so perfect for this story. She made every moment feel real and captured the character Sam wonderfully. She does a great job makin each character special. It was unbelievable how much i felt like i was in high school again..mean girls ruling the school. Def read this one cause its memorable in every way. it will capture ur attention right away. Very detailed and realistic.
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY I COULD NOT TURN IT OFF BECAUSE IT WAS SO STUPID. I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO GET BETTER.... A TEENAGER AND GROUNDHOG DAY.... WHAT CANT I SAT,,, WHAT IS MORE STUPID ME FOR LISTENING OR IT. GUYS I CANT EVEN SAY I'M GLAD I GOT IT. I CANT SAY IT WAS EVEN GOOD. I CANT EVEN STAY IT WAS FUNNY. THIS IS ONE OF THE ONES I CAN SAY I WASTED MY TIME MY MONEY, AND BRAIN CELLS. IT'S NOT EVEN GOOD ON A LONG DRIVE. IT MIGHT BE FOR A YOUNG TEENAGE GIRL AND I MEAN YOUNG.... BUT I'M SORRY TWO THUMBS DOWN.
This story is basically Mean Girls meets Groundhog's Day. We meet our 17yr old protagonist Samantha who is one of the most popular girls in high school. She's got it all, great best friends, a hot boyfriend, and the popularity that lets her get away with everything and anything. The world is her oyster, she's living the perfect life. That is, until she is killed in a car accident and wakes up 24 hours in the past.
At the beginning of the story, Samantha is shallow, self centered and completely oblivious to the fact that her actions make many of those around her completely miserable. But as she goes through the same day over and over again, and each time making slightly different decisions, she begins to become more aware of the consequences of her actions on those around her. And she begins to realize that many of her fellow students whom her clique has marked as outcasts and freaks are in fact complex human beings with sometimes very sad circumstances outside of school. Gradually she grows as a person and begin to put the interests of others ahead of her own.
The superficial description sounds completely predictable. But the author does such an amazing job making the characters three dimensional and her description of high school life is utterly believable and true to life. Being a 32yr old guy, I've long ago put my high school drama days behind me. But listening to this book brought back so many memories of events in my high school that uncannily parallels aspects of this story. I could easily foresee any number of events from this story happening in my old high school.
Lastly, and certainly not least, the narrator Sarah Drew just put this book over the top for me. Her narration was everything an audio book listener could hope for. She has an incredibly versatile voice. She portrays every emotional circumstance perfectly from comedy to anguish to heartbreaking tragedy. Her narration was so good I found myself on the edge of tears during several emotional passages in the book. This is a story that will stay with me for a long, long time.