REVIEW

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Hi guys,

this book has been on my reading list for 4 years and since the movie adaptation is coming out in March I thought that reading it now would be the best time.

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Book Information
Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 470 (Paperback)

Publisher: HarperCollins
Published In: October 25th 2010

Plot

The story follows Samantha Kingston, a sixteen – soon to be – seventeen year old popular teenager who repeatedly has to life through Valentine’s Day. Or rather, she only realizes that she has to do so after dying in a car accident after a party held by a classmate. After that realization she lives through every repeatedly Valentine’s Day a little bit different, once more loving, once a little bit more obnoxious. By that, she not only finds out a lot about her friends, classmates and family members but also a great deal of herself and what is really important in life.

My opinion

I guess that repeatedly waking up to the same day concept isn’t exactly new and can be executed equally in a good and in a bad way. Personally I am a bit torn with Before I Fall since I couldn’t stand the main character, Samantha. She was very obnoxious, self-centered and narrow-minded. I guess a typical sixteen year old popular teenager in the best stereotypical way. She has her four best friends who are equally as bad as her and a popular, handsome boyfriend who didn’t really care for her. That was soon very clear.

The good thing about Before I Fall was that there was change in the main character! She learned from herself and became a better, more caring person than at the beginning of the book. She wasn’t as narrow-minded as before and saw the more important things in life: being there for family and friends. Good for her! I really liked that she was going out of her comfort zone talking to people she normally wouldn’t and actually enjoyed doing so.

Also she tries to find out the reason why she was stuck in that time loop. And as we all know (more from ghost stories than from time loops), there is always unfinished business before one can rest. We just have to find out what it is. Therefore I can say that we learned a lot of the people in Samantha’s life. They weren’t just bystanders, but people with emotions and thoughts, not some kind of Extra Number 36 whose purpose only is to fill the empty place in the main character’s far too busy life.

The writing was decent, not too easy and not too hard, a nice Young Adult read. I have read Lauren Oliver before, the whole Delirium series actually, that’s how I discovered Before I Fall. Although I have no idea any longer how Delirium was written, for comparison reasons, but I guess it wasn’t too bad since I finished the whole series. Same with this one, the characters were annoying but the writing kept me going.

Conclusion

I give Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 3 out of 5 stars because it was decent and a nice read, but that’s been it. I’m excited to see what the movie will make out of this material!

xo Annina

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Read in January 2017 (+Reviews!)

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Hi guys,

and suddenly the first month of the new year is over. By a miracle I actually managed to read books (like I mentioned in my December 2016 post, I’ve been on vacation and sick, but not at the same time). Here are they:

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Audiobook, though)
  2. The Walking Dead Vol. 27: The Whisperer War by Robert Kirkman
  3. A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them – Screenplay by J.K.Rowling

I’ve stayed true to myself and only read books so far that are relevant for my challenges. And yes, that’s a hard thing to do because Goodreads and Twitter exist and tempt you to buy books you don’t really need.

Here are my short reviews for them since it has been too long since I’ve read them:


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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
5 out of 5 stars

I’ve started this audiobook on my flight to Miami, so this has been a great thing to do when you are tired and don’t want to actually read (with your eyes being already exhausted from watching too many movies, I know no limits). I liked it more than expected. Anna told her stories in a really quirky and relatable way, so you feel connected to her even if acting isn’t your profession. You still learn things and foremost, that people are more down to earth and normal than you’ll guess. She started with her childhood stories, going over chronology until her most current moment (aka currently writing her book). The red line has been obviously her acting career, so that’s been a nice thing as well, especially when she told her backstage story of being an Oscar nominee.


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The Walking Dead Vol.27: The Whisperer War by Robert Kirkman
4 out of 5 stars

Technically the volume isn’t out but the comics that are bound in this volume, so I counted it as reading it. There’s a war going on with a group at the moment that isn’t even mentioned yet in the TV series. There’s a lot going on and information revealed about Negan, so it has been a cool volume. I’m still pissed that they aren’t looking actively for a cure though.


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A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett
4 out of 5 stars

I liked this book FAR MORE than expected! It had a touch of Game of Thrones with all the intrigues going on, yet that book had a touch of romance flair that kept me going and hoping for having an happy ending. Basically it’s about the uprise and fall of the Bank Pilaster, circling around Hugh Pilaster whose father committed suicide when his first bank went bankrupt. Hugh got the news after a tragic accident at his boarding school, in which a school mate, Peter Middleton, drowned in a swimming lake. It was forbidden to swim in that lake and the only witnesses to that tragedy were Hugh, Micky Miranda (another school mate) and Hugh’s cousin Edward Pilaster. But since Hugh knows that Peter couldn’t have been drowned since he has been a very good swimmer, there must have been someone killing him. This mystery goes through the years, up to when Hugh is grown up and one of the best bankers in his industry.


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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by J.K.Rowling
5 out of 5 stars

Yes, it is just the screenplay. I have read the actual short novel as well, which is basically an encyclopedia of beasts and creatures swarming the Harry Potter universe. Thinking of building a world around it AND covering the back story of Harry Potter at once, is a nice idea actually. I still hope that they make it that far to show some Marauder time as well.
So the script made me appreciate the movie far more and made me notice far more details. I wasn’t a great fan of the Fantastic Beasts movie, the whole film was just building for the second film and I hate it when that happens. It has been a super good thing to be back in my favorite fictional world, but yeah. The first movie could have been a bit more surprising. Personally I think it lacks a bit of magic (not the literal kind).
It’s about Newt Scamander, former Hufflepuff Hogwarts student traveling the world in search of beasts and how to save them. When arriving in New York, he stumbles upon a force of magic that needs to be contained before it destroys the city.


I hope you liked this post and the short summaries I gave of the books. Sorry for being so late with those this year 🙂

Popsugar Reading Challenge: 2/30
Popsugar Reading Challenge Advanced: 1/12
Personal Challenge: 1/13
Goodreads Challenge: 4/60

xo Annina

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Read in December 2016

Hi guys,

and here’s to my last reading list of 2016! 🙂 I’ve been on vacation (and sick) in January, so here’s that excuse for posting this post just now.

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  1. Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt by Valentina Fast (Full Review)
  2. A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

True, it haven’t been many books since I fell back into a movie/TV show habit and allowed myself to take a break from books for a while. Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt got a full review, while I’m gonna write a short review here for A Court of Thrones and Roses since it was a little harder to grasp for me.


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Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt by Valentina Fast
3 out of 5 stars

A book about a ordinary girl being forced on a The Bachelor like selection who ends up having to save the kingdom. The ending was disappointing, not enough got explained and the characters annoyed me by book 6, the last one of the series. Sorry to say this since it had a promising start but a very rough ending.


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A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
3 out of 5 stars

In a fairytale like world where fairies rule and suppress humans, Feyre kills an High Fae and is taken to the court of spring to pay for her mistakes by staying in the land of Fae for the rest of her life. There she falls in love with her captor and discovers that this magical land is more in danger than being let on from her human world point of view.
I got this book by having a totally different expectation than the book actually turned out to be. It had strong characters but turned out to be too romantic for my taste and weirdly over dramatic. The ending was a little cheesy and clichée like but had a promising start for the second book. Let’s see if I find time for A Court of Mist and Fury.


After all, I have read 75 books this year which is a pretty nice number for me! 🙂

This has been my last book reading list of 2016! Let’s see what 2017 will bring and how many books I will manage in this year.

xo Annina

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