Overall Rating and Opinion of Before I Fall

Discuss the February 2016 book of the month, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
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Re: Overall Rating and Opinion of Before I Fall

Post by Hawkite » 06 Feb 2018, 15:55

I read Before I Fall because I loved Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy, and I have to say it did not disappoint. A real and painful depiction of high school life like 13 Reasons Why, but with way better writing and more developed characters. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys the genre.

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Post by Snrains13 » 15 Feb 2018, 10:20

I read this a while ago, and with it's popularity rising again I am reminded that it had a good idea, but I didn't really care for the book that much because I found it to be a bit juvenile. At the same time, most of her work is so that is to be expected.

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Post by AnnaKathleen » 31 Mar 2018, 07:55

I highly enjoyed the book. Most of the characters were infuriating and reading about the same day back to back could become dull, but I felt after finishing the work that was the point. We all fall into a pattern and connect with people in one way or another, we all know or have been Samantha or Juliet or someone else in the story. I think Lauren Oliver forces you to consider that with this book. I didn't mind the overall ending, but I think it could have been written a little longer and used clearer language. I felt I understood it, but wondered if I was wrong in my understanding. It felt slightly, for lack of better phrasing, ambiguous.
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Post by ocmdw » 02 Jun 2018, 09:31

I felt this novel had a clichéd ending, which was disappointing as the storyline felt as if it were building up to something, yet it collapsed. I would have liked to see a future for the protagonist.

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Post by AmySmiles » 01 Jul 2018, 10:05

I loved this book, and would recommend people read it, but I got tired of reading the story over and over again. The author has wonderful writing style which helped me get through it and actually made me want to finish.
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Post by finebunchofnothing » 10 Mar 2019, 04:04

That's the only Book of the month that I've actually read before joining this community, so obviously it's the only one I can give my fair and honest opinion on. I remember really enjoying this book, it had everything I'd expect from a book of that genre - some romance, some drama, some conflicts that are known to most teenagers. I didn't expect some of the things that happened in the story to happen, and that's certainly a good thing! I can't say that it's a literature masterpiece and that people in a hundred years will reread it fanatically, but it was worth my time and I would recommend it to those who are looking for something new, exciting and interesting in the field of young adult novels.
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