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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
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Lauren Oliver
“Popularity's a weird thing. You can't really define it, and it's not cool to talk about, but you know it when you see it. Like a lazy eye, or porn.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“So are you going to be my knight in shining armor or what?'

Kent does a little bow. 'You know I can't resist a damsel in distress.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“It's funny, isn't it? When you are young you just want to be old, and then later you wish you could go back to being a kid.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“Here's one of the things I learned that morning: if you cross a line and nothing happens, the line loses meaning. It's like that old riddle about a tree falling in a forest, and whether it makes a sound if there's no one around to hear it.

You keep drawing a line farther and farther away, crossing it every time. That's how people end up stepping off the edge of the earth. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to bust out of orbit, to spin out to a place where no one can touch you. To lose yourself--to get lost.

Or maybe you wouldn't be surprised. Maybe some of you already know.

To those people, I can only say: I'm sorry.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“It's not my fault I can't be like you, okay? I don't get up in the morning thinking the world is one big, shiny, happy place, okay? That's just not how I work. I don't think I can be fixed.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“This is what happens when you try to help people. You get screwed.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“How is it possible, I think, to change so much and not be able to change anything at all?”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“And now I realize Lindsay's not fearless. She's terrified. She's terrified that people will find out she's faking, bullshitting her way through life, pretending to have everything together when really she's just floundering like the rest of us. Lindsay, who will bite at you if you even look in her direction the wrong way, like on of those tiny attack dogs that are always barking and snapping in the air before they're jerked backward on the chains that keep them in one place.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“I guess that's what saying good-bye is always like--like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“I hate both of my parents right now: for sitting quietly in our house, while out in the darkness my heart was beating away all of the seconds of my life, ticking them off one by one until my time was up; for letting the thread between us stretch so far and so thin that the moment it was severed for good they didn't even feel it.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It's never occurred to me before; I've never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“I vowed after that day that I would be your hero too, no matter how long it took”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall


Reading Progress

05/31/2010 page 56
11.43%
06/01/2010 page 76
15.51% "Just finished chapter one! It took quite a while, looks like I won't finish this until tomorrow, at the very least. I like how this book is set out- one chapter for each day of the 7 in total. Keep it coming!"
06/02/2010 page 158
32.24% "On day 3. I think this is my favourite day so far. I like how just one little change- being in a different area, saying something different, etc has such a big effect."
06/04/2010 page 216
44.08% "I'm liking day 4, but I don't really get it...so she was jumped back to the same day because ___ killed herself?"
06/04/2010 page 277
56.53% "Day 5. Day 4 was pretty cool, though the end seemed a bit anti-climactic."
06/05/2010 page 356
72.65% "Man, my heart breaks with the Sykes situation."
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