I discovered Lauren Oliver with her Delirium Series and love it and have been reading her books. I am 30 and this bright me back to High School. A good read about life, love, and second chances. I wish it had ended differently but that is just my opinion. Overall I would recommend!
Sam was the best character.
Sarah Drew is a GREAT GREAT performer!!!
I have listened to numerous audiobooks, and "Before I Fall" is, by the far, the best one I have heard so far. While it isn't the best book I've read, the performance was amazing.
The protagonist, Sam, was my favorite character because her character arc is the driving force of this story. She revealed the more genuine side of the "popular girl" stereotype that geeks like me don't want to acknowledge.
Aside from the main character, Sarah Drew fantastically portrayed Lindsay, the insecure, dry, cold, and brutal best friend to Sam.
This is a really irrelevant and unhelpful question… ("Groundhog Day for Teens")
Great performance, great book. Some reviewers claim this isn't for kids or teens. NO! This book is exactly what teens need to read!
The only thing I didn't like about this book was how the narrator did the teenager voices. It's not that the narrator is bad --in fact, she performed them accurately! I just don't like how teenagers sound.
This book was so beautiful. I loved the story and the life lessons it teaches you along the way. My only disappointment was that I felt the ending left something more to be desired. I felt like it was missing something, as though not everything was completely answered and explained to its fullest. Still a great book and I still enjoyed it very much. The narrator was awesome
yes definitely, it has become one of my favorite books.
The performance was overall pretty good. But the only part I didn't really enjoy was Lindsay and Rob's voice. They both sounded drunk in the entire book, and I don't really think that that captured the two characters perfectly.
Such an amazing book! I literally could not put it down.
Sarah Drew is a fabulous performer, as per. Usual! I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this story, it certainly was not what I was expecting.
I absolutely loved the narrator! She was fantastic.
My favorite part would give part of the book away, so I cannot say here... but I really loved the (what I call) words of wisdom at the end. Made me think a bit.
All of them besides the drunk boyfriend, that was annoying, but I think that was the point. Sarah Drew was FANTASTIC for all the characters.
Yes, I laughed and cried. It is a great book.
The performance of Sarah Drew really enhances the story.
The journey of change Samantha goes through.
I got a deep sense of satisfaction at the end.
Sweet book with a lovely message. Samantha Kingston dies in a car accident on February 12th, and instead of going on to heaven/hell/whatever comes next, she keeps reliving the same day over and over, through the course of one very weird week. Each day she struggles to figure out what exactly caused her death, and what she can do to fix it and save herself.Samantha starts out as your typical Mean Girls popular girl: bitchy friends, hot but dumb boyfriend, walking through the halls of her high school in Queen Bee royalty. But as she is forced to keep reliving the same day over and over again, she begins to realize the effect her seemingly irrelevant actions have on others, and how deeply they can effect people around her in the most unexpected of ways. In some ways, the majority of the book is a study on how our lives are defined by the minute choices we never even think twice about.Samantha's character development is really well-done. It didn't ever feel forced, and it easily could have. I HATED her best friend, Lindsey, who never really "gets what she deserves", but I think the ending of the book is set up in a way that indicates that she soon may be going through a transformation of sorts. Samantha's developing relationship with Kent is pretty beautiful. I was really pleasantly surprised by Lauren Oliver's writing. I honestly wasn't expecting much from a mean-girls YA with a truly terrible cover. But Oliver has a talent for creating beautiful images and multidimensional characters, and I am definitely planning on reading her dystopian trilogy when I have the chance.I listened to the audio version of the book, which is also really nicely done. It's narrated by Sarah Drew, and I spent the first two hours trying to figure out how I knew her voice until I finally Googled her and found out she's on Grey's Anatomy now. Small world.
I really enjoyed this book although it was slightly depressing. It made you think about how clueless you really are when you are in your teenage years (no offense to anyone still that age that is reading this). Found myself laughing at things that I remember quite well from back then, and the narrator did a great job as well. Made most of the characters sounds kind of clueless but it worked since she was trying to emphasize how people were sounding to Sam when she was growing as a person.