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Magan: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Pages: 470 Release Date: March 2, 2010 Publisher: HarperCollins Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. How I heard about it: I previously read Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Summary: On February 12th, Sam dies. She re-lives the same day seven times, and each time has the chance to […]

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September 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver | Review -Katie's Book Blog - […] read it and find out for yourself how great it is! What others are saying about Before I Fall: Rather Be Reading’s review: “Please, if you haven’t read Before I Fall, stop what you’re doing right this second and […]

May 8, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I really enjoyed Delirium, but i was disappointed in the rest of the series so I was nervous to pick this one up too. Like you, I am so glad that I did! I thought it was wonderful. I agree that it was bold to make Sam and her friends unlikable at the beginning, but the growth in Sam’s character was so well done! I loved the premise and the execution with this one. It really brought the feels!

September 24, 2012 - 11:19 am

herbsterchey - i love it

June 16, 2012 - 10:55 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really, really want to read this book. I just recently got to see Lauren Oliver at a panel and she was just so inspiring and expressed herself beautifully. I have yet to pick up a book by her, but I will definitely have to remedy that.

May 31, 2012 - 5:20 am

Loraine - http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/before-i-fall-by-lauren-oliver.html just finished reading this book, i love your review 🙂

April 5, 2012 - 9:13 am

Magan - Lena! No, can’t blame you. She was a terrible, mean girl in the beginning of the book. I am so glad her character evolved. I couldn’t have kept reading if she never “got it”.

April 5, 2012 - 9:13 am

Magan - Jasmine! Yes, you have to! Can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

April 4, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Jasmine Rose - I’ve seen lots of differing opinions on this one, but I’ll definitely still be giving it a try since I adore everything else Lauren Oliver has written.

April 4, 2012 - 7:17 am

Lena - Yay, I’m so glad you liked it! I have to admit, I absolutely HATED Sam in the beginning of the book. Can you blame me? By the end, though, I really enjoyed watching her character progress and even got a little teary-eyed. *sniff sniff*


April 3, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Sonia - Ahhh, I’m THRILLED that you loved this one! 🙂 Lauren Oliver’s books always seem to hit me straight in the heart (she is definitely one of my absolute faaavourite authors) and this one was no exception!

I really loved what she did with Sam’s character. I went from HATING her to at least understanding a bit of where she was coming from and that was pretty impactful.

OH YES, KENT <3 I'm so glad that you gushed about his character because I loved him! Of course, the contrast between him and so many of the other characters probably helps but… I loved him 🙂 He's sweet and adorable in that nerdy way of his.

Great review!

April 3, 2012 - 10:04 pm

Magan - Heyyyy Melissa! YES! I want to own a copy, too! Definitely! That reminds me, I need to create a “want to own” list. Glad the library saves me some $$, but I need to remember to purchase the ones I love! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

April 3, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m glad that you enjoyed this one! This is definitely one of my favourite books of all time. I was halfway through reading a library copy and I honestly wanted to just return it, buy a copy and start reading my VERY OWN copy from the beginning. And I hear that they’re making it into a movie apparently? Not sure how it’s going to translate to film, but I’m intrigued!

April 3, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Magan - Hannah, I agree! The repetition was annoying in the beginning, but because it took so long for her to get the point, I began to have hope that maybe she wasn’t going to die. I became even more invested every single time the next day began. Totally love the last line of your comment. I felt the very same!

April 3, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Magan - MANDS! Yay for you getting a copy! Perfect timing. I’m going to be stalking your blog looking for your review. *puts on super stealth glasses*

April 3, 2012 - 7:41 pm

Hannah @ so obsessed with - Great review for a very interesting book! I was so impressed by her gutsy decision to make Sam so unlikeable. I mean, you’ve got to respect an author that takes a total biyotch of a character and makes you feel for her by the end of it. I did get a little annoyed at times by the repetition, but it was still a really great read! More than anything, I appreciated how this book made me really think about how I live my life and treat other people (in a totally non-cheesy way).

April 3, 2012 - 7:41 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan. I just bought a copy of this on the weekend and I was very lucky to meet Lauren yesterday at her book signing here in Sydney. She spoke about all of her books and I definitely want to get to Before I Fall very soon.

April 3, 2012 - 6:02 pm

Magan - Hey Aneeqah! Thanks for stopping by our blog! YOU SHOULD READ IT! The character development is incredible. Loved it! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

April 3, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Aneeqah - Wow! I didn’t realize this book was so good. I’ve heard some good things about it, but I haven’t really heard all that much about it. But I’m definitely going to be picking this up when I go to the library next! I actually recently met Lauren Oliver, who was amazing and so funny and so nice. This whole concept sounds pretty interesting, and I love books with character development. Plus, I loved Delirium and Pandemonium, so I’m definitely going to be picking this one up ASAP!

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

April 3, 2012 - 10:55 am

Magan - Elena, oh do I feel you. I’ve read a number of good books at the WRONG time. If you think this sounds even vaguely intriguing, maybe give it another try. I did with Delirium (and I didn’t think it was possible for me to like it) and now here I am… a Lauren Oliver FANGIRL. Haha.

April 3, 2012 - 10:50 am

elena - Ah, I had similar problems with Lauren Oliver’s writing! I think I probably read Before I Fall at the wrong time because I didn’t really like it. Then I read reviews like yours that make me want to reconsider my opinions! Especially since I enjoyed Liesl & Po and Pandemonium by her. It really is a gutsy move to make characters unlikeable and I commend Lauren Oliver for that! It’s way too often there are the boring, perfect protagonists which isn’t very realistic. Incredibly lovely review, Magan!

April 3, 2012 - 9:50 am

Magan - Anna! Thanks! Can’t stress that point enough. SO GOOD. I <3 Lauren Oliver.

April 3, 2012 - 9:47 am

Anna - “Stop what you’re doing right this second and start reading it” — YES THIS! I love it.

April 3, 2012 - 8:56 am

Magan - SHARON! Yes, hope on the love train for Before I Fall! (Does anyone get the Mary Murphy from So You Think You Can Dance reference…? Anyone…?)

April 3, 2012 - 8:55 am

Magan - Alice, you most definitely DO NEED TO READ THIS! I think this book (being so awesome and others not comparing to it) is why I feel like I’ve read a lot of “eh” lately. I hope you do read it! And then I want to know what you think! Tweet to us, please, if you do read it: @ReadingGals.

April 3, 2012 - 8:54 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I really need to read this book! I’ve heard so many different things about it.

April 3, 2012 - 8:53 am

Alice - Ahhh I so need to read this book. <3 I saw a friend reading it a couple of years ago and the plot sounded really interesting. It's amazing that Lauren Oliver was able to do that…turn an instantly hated character into something so much more. I love seeing character development like that in books. <3

And for it to leave you with that kind of feeling and not being able to read anything for over 24 hours? wow. I definitely need to pick this up sometime…and read it somewhere privately so that people on the train don't see me sobbing my heart out. 😛

April 3, 2012 - 8:03 am

Magan - GINGER! We found a book we disagree on. I never thought I’d see the day…

It was frustrating when she didn’t seem to be “getting it,” but I guess I just held tight to the hope that she would. Eventually. I adore Oliver, too. She’s so good, so good!

April 3, 2012 - 8:02 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had a very different reaction to this book, unfortunately. I struggled to get through it & when I did – I deemed it one of the worst books I read in 2010 🙁 I get that Oliver wanted us to hate Sam, despise her character – I totally did. But I never got past that. I was never able to connect with her & understand her. I remained in that hateful state & I think that’s why I did not enjoy this book. The repetitive nature of the story really bugged me too. I get that it was part of the plot – but after the 3rd or 4th time she woke up I was thinking, really?! come on! lol

Ok wow, totally didn’t mean to be so negative in your comments! This is just one book I did not care for & have no problem expressing why. To each their own, right? I know lots loved it though. My thoughts on this book is in no way a reflection of my feelings on Oliver’s writing though. I ADORE HER. Delirium & Pandemonium – blew my mind!!!!