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Before I Fall Lands A Director!
News
July 29, 2012 posted by Nichole

Before I Fall Lands A Director!

 I am a hugeeeeeeeee fan of Lauren Oliver, which is why it is so shocking that I missed the news that Before I Fall landed a director. Now, Before I Fall is one of the ONLY books by Lauren that I have not read. If you follow up on my IMM posts, though, you know that I got this book in birthday shopping spree, so it will be read soon!

At the very end of March, Lauren Oliver announced on her website that Before I Fall will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Prince-Bythewood has worked on titles such as Felicity, Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees. Head on over to this website to find where I gathered by information.

Are you guys excited to see Before I Fall hit the big screens? Even though I have not read the book yet, I KNOW that I am going to love it. I just simply love Lauren Oliver, so there’s no way that I’m not going to love this book.

Sound off in the comments, guys!

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

 

In My Mailbox #37: Birthday Edition
In My Mailbox
July 1, 2012 posted by Nichole

In My Mailbox #37: Birthday Edition

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren, inspired by Alea and explores the contents of our mailbox on a weekly basis

 

Welcome back!

This Tuesday (the 3rd) I am turning 22! That means I had an awesome Barnes and Nobles trip where I got to milk my dad for all his worth [; Let’s take a look at what I got.

For Review
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Until I die by Amy Plum

Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake

Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells

Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Matched by Ally Condie

 

I am SO excited about all my new books! I’m also really excited to get up to date! Haha. I didn’t realize how far behind I was on all the popular books. I don’t even know where to start. I think Insurgent is next because I’m just about finished with Divergent. Where do I start after that? I have no idea!!!!

Sound off in the comments, guys!

 

What did you guys get in your mailbox this week? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Want to see what I’m currently reading? Go check out my goodreads page here or check out yareads goodreads page here. It’s the perfect place to see what we’re reading, what page we’re on, and what we’re about to read!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of the Week #56
Cover of the Week
January 6, 2012 posted by Kiona

Cover of the Week #56

You should never judge a book by its cover.

Sure…but they never said we couldn’t admire them. Cover of the Week pays homage to the beautiful and eye catching graphics that grace the covers of our young adult titles.

This week’s cover of the week goes to Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.

Release Date: March 2012

Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
Book Reviews
June 23, 2010 posted by Nikki

Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver

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: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Sam Kingston and her three besties – Elody, Ally, and Lindsay – epitomize the image of high school popularity in the 21st century. They’ve got rockin bods, bitchy attitudes to match, and of course, the cutest boys falling all over them. Those at Thomas Jefferson High that don’t worship these four femmes fear them.

When the narrative begins, Cupid Day is in full swing at Thomas Jefferson High School. The girls have their sexy, far too revealing outfits on as they parade from class to class, collecting roses from friends, admirers, boyfriends, and boys in general. To the casual observer, this particular Friday looks like any regular Friday, but what said casual observers don’t know is that today is the day – Sam is spending the night at her boyfriend’s house with the intention of losing the big it. But things don’t go according to plan. Rob and Sam agree to meet at a party first and both of them end up arriving completely and totally wasted. In what seems like the blink of an eye, things go from bad to worse, and before Sam even realizes what’s going on, she’s collecting her friends, leaving the party without her boyfriend, and getting in a car with a drunk driver. Not surprisingly, they crash, and Sam dies.

That’s not where the story ends, though. Like the teen version of Groundhog Day, Sam wakes up and gets the chance to re-live that day seven times over. She gets the chance to take a long hard look at herself, the choices she makes, and the way she treats those around her. If only she’d known earlier, if only she’d been less concerned with her popularity, maybe she would have seen the irreversible damage that herself and her girlfriends were doing to those around them.

Maybe, but maybe not, too.

It took me a good long while to really get into this story. I picked it up and put it down a few times before finally resigning myself to the fact that I had to finish it, and I forced myself to sit and read it. Let me be very clear about this, though – my lack of personal investment in Sam’s story was simply because I couldn’t bring myself to like her. I found her vanity, her lack of respect, and the way she used her popularity to makes those around her feel horrible about themselves exceptionally unattractive. I was unable to sympathize with her quest for redemption simply because she’d  been such a nasty individual right up till the moment she actually died. I understand that we’re supposed to identify with the wrongs she tries to right, but by the time she actually started to learn from her mistakes, it was too late for me. I already hated her too much.

Having said that, I found Lauren Oliver’s prose utterly engaging, and if I’m honest, her writing was the real reason that I continued to pick Before I Fall up, again and again. The imagery she used matched her character’s psyche completely, and I actually believed I was listening to Sam tell the story, rather than Oliver herself.

What I did love about this story, though, is the indirect, but blindingly obvious way in which the narrative highlights the disastrous consequences of bullying. No fingers are actually pointed, and no conclusions are comprehensively drawn, but the message is definitely there: the way you treat those around you can scar them in ways you can’t even conceive. Think before you act, speak, live.

This debut author is outstandingly talented and I can’t wait to see what she produces next.

Rating:: ★★★½☆

Pages: 472

Publication: 2010 – Available now.

Teaser Quote: I still haven’t moved. I’m pressed up against the wall, penned in by people, paralyzed by how wrong everything is.