Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Goodreads Summary:

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.


My Review

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of this book until I saw the preview for the movie. The concept definitely intrigued me. I decided to listen to it on audiobook, and wow, just wow. This story was unexpectedly heart wrenching and real, so so real.

The story centers around the life and death of Samantha Kingston who has climbed her way to the top of the popularity tower and happens to be friends with the top dogs. She’s essentially a bitch and so are her friends. That becomes apparent immediately, however, when she wakes up in the morning after experiencing her death to find that the day she lived yesterday is on repeat, she soon discovers she is stuck in a loop unless she can do something to change her path and the situation around her.

It was so incredibly interesting to see Oliver create the same day in multiple different unique ways. I kept thinking throughout, how is she going to change it this time, how is she going to give this story a happy ending? Well folks, don’t expect a happy ending, but do expect an ending that makes sense and will certainly give you chills. Though I definitely disliked Sam’s character in the beginning, I began to appreciate her and her character evolution as her repeated days continued. She grew so much and developed into a wonderful female lead. And though I so wish the story had ended differently, I understand why it concluded the way it did. And even though it kills me inside, I am content in a certain way with the way things played out.

The message in Before I Fall is absolutely beautiful and makes you appreciate life and humanity. It teaches you to take in every small wonderful detail of your existence, because even the most insignificant aspects of life have a role to play, a role that could be so much more impactful then you ever realized.

I would definitely recommend you read Before I Fall if only to feel all the emotion that this story has to bring and appreciate it’s meaning. I can only hope that the movie brings that emotion to life just as well as the book.

Buy it on Amazon.

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Musical Mondays 10/5/15

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How to Participate In Musical Mondays:

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  3. Share anywhere from 1-3 songs that either:

    • remind you of a book you’ve read or are currently reading
    • you’ve been listening to or have discovered in the past week
    • you feel you must absolutely share with the world
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  6. Have the greatest time discovering new music and artists!

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Song that reminds me of a book

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Love Don’t Die by The Fray vs. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: The title alone explains this book!

Song i’ve discovered this week

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Victorious by Panic! At the Disco:  Well yes I realize this is the second time I’ve shared a Panic! At the Disco song, but I’ve been freaking obsessed with song!! If this is a testament to how amazing their new album is going to be then I am sooo ready!!!

Review: Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

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Goodreads Summary:

Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

My Review

Delirium was just like any other dystopian novel, besides the fact that love aka the “Delirium” is considered a disease that the government has developed a cure for and makes mandatory for every U.S. citizen when they turn 18 to receive. Sympathizing with lovers or “invalids” is strictly forbidden, but a rebellion still lurks in the shadows nonetheless. Pretty interesting premise right? That’s what I had always thought. I guess I was just looking for a little more out of the story in general.

Lena begins as a star citizen, looking forward to the day she receives the cure, that is until she meets Alex. She then discovers who the true enemy is and what it means to actually truly love. Secrets are revealed and she soon  realizes she will go to great lengths to keep her love, even if it means leaving everything she knows behind.

I enjoyed Lena and Alex’s characters for sure! It was intriguing to see love develop out of such hesitation. It was even more bizarre to read about characters and a society that didn’t know how to love. However, it felt like most of the story was all set up and slow plot filler in between a few really good moments. Quite honestly, not a whole lot happened in this book. I mean clearly it’s leading up to a great anarchy of some sort which brings me to the point of the predictability of the story. Although I will say that the ending was super shocking and had my jaw dropping. It was heart wrenching and baffling. Now I have no idea if this series is worth continuing. I’ve heard some pretty negative things actually.

I suppose I liked Delirium well enough, but after that ending I don’t think I’ll continue with it. You can buy Delirium on Amazon here.