What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death - and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
©2010 Lauren Oliver (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed." (Booklist)
About the middle.
Most of the main characters friends were narrated in a lethargic, stoned style. Not my favorite.
No. Narration of supporting characters was difficult.
I loved it! Kept me hooked that whole something completely different!
But I don't think this is a young adult book. I am not a young adult and I really enjoyed this but I am not sure that I would have been appropriate if I was a teen.
This was a really nice listen for me. Without giving the plot away....it was lovely to listen to a teenage girl relive a day to try to get it right. How often I wish I could have such an opportunity. The ripple affect of each little action is mind boggling. The very ending of the book was nothing short of beautiful. It took my breath away.
I don't believe that Ms. Oliver knows what it's like to be in the popular crowd. She certainly didn't portrait it in the correct light. People aren't either all good or all bad--like her main characters. She portrays all popular people as mean, stupid and evil and all non-popular people are just standing around getting kicked by them.
She did fine.
Engrossing, unpredictable, mind-bending
Sam. It is very much focused on her
Has impeccable timing of emphasis and inflection.
It was like a Butterfly Effect/Groudnhogs day type of book. in fact she mentions both in the story!
This was unexpectedly a great book. I'd never heard anything from Lauren Oliver or Sarah Drew and was immediately drawn into the story. Not being from the popular group in high school, it was interesting to get such an insight. As she keeps reliving the day, she sees how her actions have ripple effects. It demonstrates how everyone's actions make a difference whether you are popular, goth, geek, or outcast.
The narration was really good. At times the voices for the friends ran together as they all "spoke" with a lazy, whiney cadence. Sarah Drew did a great job distinguishing everyone though and the way she narrated the internal struggle with Sam was top notch.
No. I was listening to the same thing over and over again.
without Sarah Drew I wouldn't have even finished listening to the book.
I realy enjoyed 2 previous books (Delirium and Pandamoniam) and thought they were quite good. I purchased Before I Fall based on Lauren Oliver's first 2 books and also based on the performance by Sarah Drew.
The author can write -- and write well -- but brace yourself for hours and hours of mean girls and teenage cliques. The protagonist is intolerable at first but supposedly redeemed at the end. In fact she moves from brutal and self-absorbed to shallow and self-justifying ("we never thought it would hurt anyone"). I hung in despite setting it aside once, but was ultimately sorry I did. A waste of the author's talent the reader's time.
I liked it, I liked Sam as she grew. Funny thing is they are the popular girls but when she was with her friends it reminded me of being with my friends in HS and we were not popular!
Yes. I enjoyed the performance.
I was moved by Sam's transformation.
Very entertaining. Her performance added so much to the story!
I thought the ending was sad, but great!
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