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Samantha Kingston ist hübsch, beliebt, hat drei enge Freundinnen und den perfekten Freund. Der 12. Februar sollte eigentlich ein Tag werden wie jeder andere in ihrem Leben: mit ihren Freundinnen zur Schule fahren, die sechste Stunde ...more
“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.”
The book is about choice and consequence, and how huge of an impact your actions may have on someone (i.e. Juliet) without you even realizing the severity. When she saves Juliet at the end of the book, death no longer scares her because she knows she died with purpose, and she is no longer haunted by the mistakes she made in her life or the hurt she caused people. So in that sense, she is freed. (less)
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Shallow, egotistical and worst of all - mean. Really, really mean.
I've commented before on the fact that I was a terrible teenager. My parents did not so much try to raise me through these years. More like they tried to survive me as you would a hurri ...more
I shiver, thinking about how easy it is to be totally wrong about people - to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole.
4 1/2 stars. Back in 2010, I read Before I Fall and immediately thought I'd found a new favourite author. I eagerly awaited every book Lauren Oliver released after it and yet, I have disliked every single one. My dislike for her writing style in books like Rooms and Vanishing Girls made me wonder what happened.
Could it be that Oliver's style had so drastically ...more
I know there is nothing I could say that could not be b ...more
La la la, spoilers.
And language to make your grandmother blush.
Fuck you book. Fuck. You. I want to drop this book to two stars for that goddamn ending. But I can’t because even with that fucking ending it is not really a two-star book at all. So it gets dropped one star. DAMN YOU. I knew the ending was coming. This is the problem with reading the ending first (well, near the beginning). ...more
Though I really enjoy Lauren Oliver's writing style, I struggled finding the motivation to finish this book. The main character, a popular and catty high school girl named Sam, dies and is forced to relive that day several times. I was absolutely in love with the story for the first couple of days, but then it felt tedious having Sam wake up and relive February 12th time and time again. I totally understand why it's many people's favorite book, I just wish it was shorter. Because of this, I ...more
That may be the most OUTRAGEOUS understatement of all time.
'Pretty good' doesn't explain the embarrassing amount of tears that poured out of me.
'Pretty good' doesn't touch on Lauren Oliver's incredible way with words and imagery.
'Pretty good' doesn't describe the range of conflicting emotions the story sparked in me.
And 'Pretty good' certainly doesn't account for the fact that, once I finished the final page, I literally threw t ...more
I had high expectations for this book for 2 reasons: 1. I loved Delirium, it's one of my favorite series and 2. so many people raved about Before I fall , saying it is the best of Oliver's work. I couldn't disagree more. At the beginning I couldn't get into the story, it was a bit repetitive, so I had to put it down and read something else in the meantime. In the end I was getting a bit frustrated as I couldn't understand the whole idea of the book. Having finished it yesterday I've been thinkin ...more
i dont want to turn this into a rant because i absolutely adore lauren oliver, but this book just wasnt for me. and the only reason for that was the characters - i found myself not empathising with them, thought they completely unlikable, and it got to the point where halfway through the book i just did not care what happened to any of them. i know this is a story about growth and development ...more
I am not going for these evil •sshole girls on here!
I cringed and raged through most of the book. I didn't give a rat's •ss about these evil girls. The worse was Lindsay to me.
The only reason I have the book 2 stars is because Sam redeemed herself after all of the days she relived. She went back and did all of the right things. Whether it was all a dream or something, I don't know but she did good in the end. The very end was bittersweet in it's own way.
But, going through the books and hearing ...more
this one was a surprise.
yes, teen fiction, you have won me over, but usually it is the stuff on the "oh, no, the world has been essploded!!" or "oh, no - all the cats in the world have turned evil and are coming for us!!" end of the spectrum that captivates me.
realistic teen fiction usually leaves me cold.
and this is realistic teen fiction with a twist, obviously. this is groundhog day with a jerky teen girl in he jerky bill murray role. but all the day-to-day bits in between a ...more
This book has so many beautiful and meaningful quotes.
“I think of all the thousands of billions of steps and missteps and chances and coincidences that have brought me here. Brought you here and it feels like the biggest miracle in the world.”
I won’t say that the plot was original. I have seen that before in a well-known and beloved movie, the “Groundhog Day”.
It is a story of an arrogant and a mean teenage g ...more
The plot is that of Sam, who is a bully and teases Juliet mercilessly. Juliet commits suicide by jumping in front of Sam's friend's car. After that there is a Groundhog Day-like scenario.
I won't spoil the ending, but this YA book shows consistency o ...more
Oh . . . Oh, my God . . .
Five stars. Five billion stars. Five quadrillion stars. Five infinity stars.
I don't think I'll ever read a book that'll touch me in quite the same way.
A lot of Goodreadsers didn't like Before I Fall because they couldn't relate to it at all and the characters didn't relate to them. Before I Fall did relate to me because the main character, Samantha Kingsto ...more
This is one of the first YA contemporaries I have read and perhaps for that alone, I’m already giving this five stars. But the truth is, this book well deserves it. Lauren Oliver’s writing usually has this effect on me. [Please see image for illustration.]
"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 your finge ...more
That would be my one word review for this book... WOW.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up, and to say that I was utterly unprepared for it's magnificence, would be an understatement. This book evoked such strong emotion. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I was bawling by the end of the story. For me, the stories that awaken your emotions are always the most powerful and memorable. And I don't read many books like that, so when I do, it tends to really stand out.
What's so in ...more
“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.“
If I had to briefly describe this book in a single sentence, I’d describe it as Mean Girls meets something that’ll make you thoroughly thi ...more
"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." Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver.
The novel begins when the protagonist, 17-year-old Samantha "Sam" Kingston, is killed in a car acc ...more
Wow. This book is beautiful. I actually really cried when it ended, and that doesn't happen a lot! I don't get why this book doesn't have higher ratings!
I found Before I Fall's concept really unique. It's about a popular girl, Samantha, who dies and gets to relive her last day seven times. This book could've ended up being really cliché but it really wasn't. You really get to see Samantha going through various stages like disbelief, anger, fear, realisation, rebelism and finally ...more
I might have liked this better if I didn't listen to the audiobook for part of it, but the narrator just gave these girls attitude with their voices and I ended up picturing the characters as that and it was so bad.
Basically all the characters, especially Sam (not as much Kent) annoyed the crap out of me and I didn't really love the repetitiveness of the book (though that is the point). Most of the characters are terrible people. There is a bit of redemption, ...more
Is what I did really so much worse than what anyone else does?
Is it really so much worse than what you do?
Think about it.
I did think about it. I was forced to think about it for 341 pages. My answer is yes, what you did is worse than what a lot of people do, and what's worse is that at the end of your little week of revelations, I still don't believe ...more
Finished: terrific; amazing teen voice and utterly believable characters -- the "mean girls" made, somehow, relatable! The story is so bittersweet, though I wished ...
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... for a different ending for the characters (of COURSE), as a reader, I found the ending very powerful. The cumulative grief of those left behind -- left entirely to the reader ...more
“The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don't know.”
I was really looking forward to reading this, because I absolutely love Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy. It was a pretty decent read, no it wasn't the best and it could have been better. I am glad that I read it, but it's just gonna be a one time read for me. Some of it was a bit slow ...more
And that's for one reason - I hate to be preached at.
There is no way you're getting me to read a book with "morals" or a "lesson." I read for fun and no other reason.
That's why I was so surprised when I loved Before I Fall.
It's basically Groundhog Day, only with mean girls. Sam Kingston relives the day of her death over and over again - but she begins to notice how slight things change each time. She realizes that her actions, no matter how small, can change ...more
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But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”