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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
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bookshelves: recommend, reread-a-million-times
Read on August 28, 2011

Wow. What a brilliant debut! I love Lauren Oliver, and this is my second book I've read from her (haha, as it should be, since she only has two published/out in the world books. I do have an ARC of Liesl & Po, and I'm very excited to dive into it!)

All I knew about Before I Fall is 1) a lot of people liked it 2) A lot of people hated Sam and her group since they were bitches and 3) she has to relive the same day for seven days in a row.

I freaking love this book, and Sam. I didn't find her mean or overall horrible in the beginning (some of the things Sam and her friends did make me sad). And I loved how Sam grew as a character over the story.

Each day is different, which I love, because if it had been the same day over and over again, that would have been very boring to read. But it wasn't, and oh my god, it was addictive. I kept reading and reading and reading until there was nothing else to read.

And what an ending. I'm not entirely sure I like it, but maybe it'll grow on me. What I really loved about this book was the friendship relationship between Sam and her friends. Lately YA is filled with sexual relationships that a friendship relationship book is amazing and I devour it (think LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard.) These books are amazing, and I loved how Oliver managed to grasp the friendship with this group of teens. Really, really loved that friendship dynamic. More of this, please?
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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
“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
“The whole point of growing up is learning to stay on the laughing side.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“I used to think that's what love was: knowing someone so well he was like a part of you.”
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
“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
“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

Lauren Oliver
“That's the way I feel, at least: like there's a real me and a reflection of me, and I have no way of telling which is which.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“Here's another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you're dead, it's the only thing that keeps you alive.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people-to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think it's the effect or vice versa”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
“Sometimes I'm afraid to go to sleep because of what I'm leaving behind.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall


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Ashelynn oh, you scare me with your :D.


Aleeeeeza Ashelynn wrote: "oh, you scare me with your :D."

I KIND OF GET REALLY EXCITED WHEN OTHER PEOPLE LOVE BOOKS THAT I LOVE VERY MUCH. :DDDDD


Aleeeeeza okay now, THAT was kind of scary...


Ashelynn hahaha! no, i totally get what you mean. i want to tacklehug people who love the books i love.


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