I am currently
reading slogging through Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I don’t finish reading every book that I start, life is too short, but I do try to give a book a solid chance if I’ve started reading it. I’m currently trying to decide what “a solid chance” means. Last night I only made it page 50 before wanting to put the book down permanently.
The problem may be that I am not a teenager, and am outside of the recommended age range of this book. I heard many good reviews of this book so I thought I would pick it up, but ugh. My main problem is the characters- they are intensely unlikable. The premise of the book is that the main character, the perfect and popular Samantha Kingston, dies and gets 7 re-do chances. By about page 20 I was wishing the main character would hurry up and die. By page 35 I was wishing the main character’s 3 best friends would be dying with her. By page 50 I was wondering if it was really necessary for the main character to have any chances at all of re-doing her life, and couldn’t the book please just end already. But I slog on, with the hope that the book will get better.
I will say, however, that I really enjoy Lauren Oliver’s writing style. She has a good voice and a very real way of writing- her characters pop and the settings and events are well thought out and very detailed. The writing style is currently keeping me going. If I make it through to the end of the book I’ll post a final review here.