This is the story of a girl who is part of the popular crowd who learns the lessons of that status by reliving her final day over and over. There is a lot of talk about high school cliques and relationships - most of the book takes place in a high school or at a high school party. This is more of a YA books like the Hunger Games. It was just ok - I did finish it, but I thought about giving up a few times.
This book was not good. The characters were so immature and shallow that honestly it was hard to make it to the end and by that time you wished they'd all die. I just pray this isn't an honest representation of high schoolers today or we've done a pretty poor job raising them.
Kudos to voice actor Sarah Drew. She really made this book come to life. Lauren Oliver is a masterful writer, who combines heart-wrenching, honest and raw prose with the beauty and craft of a seasoned writer. Oliver weaves a compelling tale about self-awareness, high school cliques and unanticipated cruelty that occurs when teens just don't understand the depths of their actions. An excellent listening experience.
The narrator did a beautiful job telling this captivating story! I loved it so much and cried actual tears at some moments. The feelings and sentiments of the characters are expressed beautiful. A heartfelt story!!
teacher & book lover
I cried like a baby! I can't say too much, as t would interfere with the emotional punch of the book, but I loved this book!
My whole book club loved this book. Interesting "Ground Hog Day" feel but with teen angst.
Please read this book! You will be glad you did!
It was like popular girl groundhog day. She relived her day over and over. Except the catch was at the end of the day either her or the least popular girl in school died. There was really no character development or point to the progression of the story. It was a little enjoyable but the ending was not satisfying.
She gave a few of the characters weird voices and it was annoying. There were also some times when I couldn't tell if the character was talking out loud or not.
Well the character died so...
It was basically a waste of time because she dies at the beginning and dies at the end and it didn't change anything.
Coming of age book. It has to do with a bratty teenager figuring out how to put others before herself by repeating the same day over and over.
Sounds like it would be halfway decent. The problem is the author describes absolutely everything in so much detail that I wanted to rip my ears out half way through! I actually caught myself rolling my eyes several times by the end.
I also did not like how the book ended. I don't really feel it made any sense the way it ended. A lot of the issues did not get resolved. it felt like it ended abruptly.
I feel like it had a lot of potential but just didn't live up to the idea.
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!