Review: Before I Fall

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 25, 2010
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Synopsis:

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam 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 ever imagined.

I wrote this review for a media class, and I figured I’d post it since a) I already wrote it, and b) the movie just released recently. Let me know if you want more reviews like this in the future. Here it is:

I turned the last page of Before I Fall expecting one more line, a funny quip, or even an epilogue. All I got were the Acknowledgements, and I sat there for a moment stunned. How could it just end like that?

Originally published in 2010, the novel Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is gaining worldwide attention due to the upcoming release of its movie adaption by the same name. The movie stars Vampire Academy actress Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston. According to the synopsis, Sam is popular, has the perfect boyfriend, and dies on Friday, February 12, only to wake up the next morning and relive the day of her death six more times.

I decided to take a chance on the book before watching the movie. As they say, the book is always better.

Without spoiling anything, I have to say that Samantha’s character undergoes a huge transformation throughout the story. Although we only see seven days of her life, her character develops exponentially. Sam plays by the rules of her friend group without really questioning why they do the things they do. As the book progresses, we see Sam become herself, living her life authentically and being more accountable for her actions.

Each relived day is spent differently – the first two are slightly similar, then she spends a couple full of angst, and then another day is spent solely with her family. Each day is a testament to how multifaceted our lives are, and how easily we neglect different aspects of them.

Something I often didn’t think about during high school was that my friends were basically my family. I saw them eight to nine hours a day, spoke to them when I was home, and hung out with them during the weekend. My family was on the backburner. This is true in Sam’s story as well. Her friends have become such a large part of her life that her family is neglected as a result.

That being said, there is more to it than that. With friends, there is the potential for judgment and shame for saying or doing the wrong things. There is also a certain amount of scrutiny that you are under when you are popular. Sam reflects on this as she watches her friends bully people, her boyfriend belittle her, and people’s reactions to her being nice. It is fascinating how much is missed when focusing on oneself.

Before I Fall encourages readers to examine their everyday choices. A couple changes here and there lead Sam to learn things about her friends, family, teachers, and classmates that she would never have known otherwise. Her relationships were superficial, and she drifted through life with ease. When push came to shove, however, she began to see people for who they were and began to challenge the status quo.

Before I Fall is a very easy book to lose yourself in – the plot is well developed, the characters are thoroughly fleshed out, and the story feels real, relevant, and heartbreaking. In the end, I gave Before I Fall four and a half stars of five.

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.92/5

Book & Music Blast: Maybe Someday

1293024_796102440403359_168014332_oIf you don’t know already, Colleen Hoover has been one of my favourite authors since I read Slammed back in 2013. Since then, I’ve read and loved all of her books. Yesterday, her newest novel Maybe Someday was released and from what I’ve heard, it’s amazing ! I have yet to get my own copy, but I will soon (first, I need money…) !

17788403Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

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But Wait…

Colleen collaborated with Griffin Peterson to write the songs featured in this novel. Not only that, Griffin went on to record them, compiling them into a CD!

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Living a Lie Griffin Peterson 4:31
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Something Griffin Peterson 3:37
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A Little Bit More Griffin Peterson 3:18
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Maybe Someday Griffin Peterson 3:59
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I’m in Trouble Griffin Peterson 3:00
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It’s You Griffin Peterson 2:43
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Hold On to You Griffin Peterson 3:51
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Let It Begin Griffin Peterson 2:54


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About the Author:1530578_757139390966331_297148705_n

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author ofSlammedPoint of RetreatHopelessThis Girl, Losing Hope andFinding Cinderella.  In December 2012, The New York Times wrote about the New Adult phenomenon, mentioning Colleen Hoover’s NYT bestseller, Slammed.  She was interviewed by the Associated Press for a news article and featured in the nationally broadcast show ABC Nightline, (aired in February 2013) where she spoke about her books and her writing process.  She was interviewed onCBS This Morning, which aired in May 2013.  Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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griffin-peterson-musicianAbout the Musician:

Griffin Peterson is a songwriter and artist living in Nashville. After his run on American Idol, he graduated from Belmont University and has been concentrating on releasing his first EP.  Griffin and Colleen collaborated on her previous title, Losing Hope, on which Griffin graced the cover.  Now he brings his musical talent to accentuate Colleen’s pages.

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Day 19: Favorite Book Turned Into A Movie

I LOVED A WALK TO REMEMBER.

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Like it’s been my favourite movie since I was in like second grade. I read the book in ninth or tenth grade and I can honestly tell you that I enjoyed the movie way more. The cast was amazing and they managed to do something with the story that Nicholas Sparks couldn’t (though I can’t tell you what, because I honestly don’t know..). Definitely my favourite book adaptation. If you haven’t yet seen the movie check it out ASAP!

The Golden Lily Teaser Trailers

Within the past few weeks, teaser trailers, leading up to the release of The Golden Lily on June 12th, 2012, have been released. Within each trailer is a small short quote, making you (i.e. me) writhe in utter excitement and tantalizing torture.
If you’ve missed them, I’ll try my best to post them up here!

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