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Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I fall (edition 2010)

by Lauren Oliver

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Title:Before I fall
Authors:Lauren Oliver
Info:New York : Harper, c2010.
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, young adult

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


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Mean Girls meets Groundhog Day minus the good writing. It also has more product placement than an episode of CSI.
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  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
Samantha dies in a car crash after partying with her friends. But the next morning she wakes up only to relive the day... over and over again. It is only after the seventeenth day that she understands how to get it “right”. Oliver’s initial realistic portrayal of a rich, party girl develops into a reflective story of understanding the impact of every choice we make every moment of the day. Even though hilarious and horrific events are repeated again, and again, and again- each time Oliver provides a little more detail or makes connections to previous scenarios allowing the reader to see different perspectives from other characters as well as Samantha herself. Though the reader might not be happy about the ending, it is understood that Samantha finally has lived her best day. ( )
  MzzColby | Aug 7, 2015 |
WHAT THE ---- !!!!!!!! ( )
  mszettiel | Jul 7, 2015 |
No-recomendado por Kari Ramírez

Me propongo leer de principio a fin libros considerados "malos". Mi intención es encontrar al menos UNA cualidad buena en ellos y reseñarlos objetivamente siguiendo 20 puntos a desarrollar brevemente. (Los puntos varían según el género del que se trate.)

Si tienen ganas de No-recomendarme otros libros
pueden comentar acá o ACÁ. ¡Cualquier género es bienvenido! Cuanto más variado, mejor :)
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
I have to admit, I went into Before I Fall with a very "bleh" attitude. I was still on a high from reading the Vampire Academy books and I did NOT feel like some mushy, angst-ridden, "oh no, existential anxiety plus moral lesson" book.

I was pleasantly surprised. I found in the prologue everything I feared the book would be: Angsty, over-written guilt-fest. Ugh. I even thought about just shelving it and trying something else, but I hate leaving books unfinished, so I resolved to stick it out until at least the second chapter or the first twenty pages, whichever came first. I fully expected to have to drudge through that before being able to give up with a sigh of relief and an "at least you tried" backpat.

However, when I started with the book itself, I literally couldn't tear myself away. I didn't take any bathroom breaks, I didn't eat anything, I drank the coffee that my husband brought to me and nothing else. It's lucky for my kids I started reading this on a Saturday morning, because I was incapable of looking after them or even getting them some juice. (Luckily their dad is great, and a reader himself so he understood. Love ya!).

The character of Sam drew me in immediately. I liked her, even though she was everything (and everyone) I hated in high school and after - fake, does anything to fit in with the popular kids, quite frankly a jerk ass asshat of the nth degree. I really cannot pinpoint why, exactly - she's just that well-written.

And that's the strength of the story. All the characters but especially Sam is so well written that you happily relive the same day seven times with them all, seeing how they react, how they change, discovering their secrets and their fears.

This book blew me away, although the prose was pretty purple at times and by the sixth day I was getting impatient with Sam's not-getting-it-ness. Still, a great read and one I wish every teenager going through popularity drama (either being unpopular or popular, or just struggling to be themselves in general) would read. I know it would have changed my world as a teenager, and I plan to make it required reading for my three children.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Teens. Even though there's some smoking and swearing and talk about sex, I really don't think it's anything anyone older than 12 or so wouldn't be able to handle. Also, anyone who still sometimes feel their inner teenager/child rebelling, or just plain likes reading damn good books. ( )
  Leia-Ann | Apr 27, 2015 |
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Although somewhat predictable, the plot drives forward and teens will want to see where Sam's choices lead.
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They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me.

"Beep beep", Lindsay calls out.
''Here's one of the things I learned that morning: if you cross a line and nothing happens, the line loses meaning.''
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What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-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 had ever imagined.
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It's like Groundhog Day

for young women- in book form

with a sad ending.


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After she dies in a car crash, teenaged Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

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