People are missing out if they haven't read Before I Fall

Discuss the February 2016 book of the month, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
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Re: People are missing out if they haven't read Before I Fal

Post by bookowlie » 11 Feb 2016, 10:53

anonanemone wrote:I think the general consensus is that even though most of the characters are not likable, the writing is very well done which makes it worth the read. Once I got past the beginning part, I read through the rest of the book pretty quickly.
You took the words right out of my mouth - I breezed through the rest of the story after the first few chapters. Although the characters aren't likeable (except for Kent!), I've noticed that this BOTM has produced a very active discussion about many issues. That's usually a good sign that the book is more than just a run-of-the-mill young adult story.
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Post by anonanemone » 11 Feb 2016, 14:09

:D Thanks, bookowlie! I agree. :tiphat:
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Post by CCtheBrave » 12 Feb 2016, 10:33

Is there something about the beginning of the book that makes it hard to get into? I'm just wondering after reading some of the posts on this thread.
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Post by CrescentMoon » 12 Feb 2016, 23:30

I absolutely love stories like this. It reminds me of "The Butterfly Effect" where small changes can have huge drastic consequences and I love seeing how they play out. It really makes me think of my own life and how small decisions I make could alter my life. It's a page-turner and really makes you think.
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Post by ressa_francis » 14 Feb 2016, 06:32

Before I Fall - 3 stars out of 5

Oh, this book went into my Favourites shelf immediately. Ir's actually the book that got me into the whole YA-streak which introduced me to Sarah Dessen, Jo Treggiari and more.

Before I Fall is a really good book (even though it dragged a bit).

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Post by cogarae » 14 Feb 2016, 12:53

I haven't read this yet but have mixed feelings. I hate getting books and then them not live up to my expectations but, I wouldn't be able to not finish it because it would drive me nuts. So I'm debating still.

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Post by jadestar31 » 16 Feb 2016, 00:34

The only Lauren Oliver book I've ever read was Vanishing Girls and I was so disappointed by it. I figured out what was going on almost immediately. I'm sort of worried about picking up Before I Fall. Has anyone read both? Is Before I Fall better than Vanishing Girls?
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Post by Kaitlyn12 » 16 Feb 2016, 09:47

I really liked this book. I didn't realize until I read this book that just changing the what you say or doing one thing differently can change a lot of things. Giving a compliment to an "unpopular" kid could save their life.
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Post by MotherTheresa » 18 Feb 2016, 01:33

That is an accomplishment. Many authors try, but do not always suceed in creating an unlikable character that the reader can find themself rooting for.

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Post by rockandroll » 18 Feb 2016, 17:41

I will read this next after current book

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Post by TheRavenwoodReview » 19 Feb 2016, 10:05

verymuchmeg wrote:I know Lauren Oliver is getting lots of attention for her Delirium trilogy, but I wasn't so keen on it. Instead, I feel as though people are missing out if they haven't read Before I Fall. Somehow, Oliver manages to take the girl all of us hated in high school and make us empathize with her and root for her. That is a pretty big accomplishment in my book.
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Post by VinuW » 20 Feb 2016, 15:07

As much as I love YA literature, I don't enjoy reading contemporary romance novels because most books have a predictable ending. The plot of Before I fall was very unusual, and I actually enjoyed reading it.

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verymuchmeg wrote:I know Lauren Oliver is getting lots of attention for her Delirium trilogy, but I wasn't so keen on it. .
The Delirium series has been on my to-be-read list for ages. I might give it a try.
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Post by HorrorFan87 » 21 Feb 2016, 14:07

This book was just fantastic! A very easy read for; it definitely didn't take long. However, I have to graciously disagree that we were meant to route for Sam...I found myself still loathing her egotistical character from beginning to end and feeling a large amount of satisfaction that she finally got what was coming to her. Perhaps that was Oliver's intent, but I had never thought of her intent being that way. Either way, like I said, a very, very good read. I'd pick it up again in a heartbeat!
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Post by steampunk_girl » 21 Feb 2016, 15:40

We all have hated or envied some girl in high school. This book shows us the other side of the hate and the aftershocks of it.
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Post by sarahpayne23 » 23 Feb 2016, 18:25

I felt like this was a mediocre book. It was superficial in some ways with an idea that has already been done (aka Groundhog Day). The writing was good and I liked Samantha. A good book, but not great.
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