So I belong to a book club in my town with 3 other awesome ladies (Jess, Marissa & Noelle) and I love it oh so much! These ladies have become friends and the one night a month that we get together, we laugh, have fun and share a passion we all love…BOOKS!!!
Since this is another one of my passions I decided that I will share with you these books one day a month. I will share the book & it’s description, our average rating and some major likes and dislikes.
The book choice for last month was Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
The Goodreads description: What if you only had 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: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.
The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times 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
Our average rating was a 1.5 stars!
Our thoughts summarized and beautifully said by Jess:
Although Lauren Oliver establishes a realistic vision of high school culture in Before I Fall, both the plot line and characters were weak and unforgiving. This book is close to 500 pages and after 200 pages of the same day being retold, it becomes stale regardless of the minor details that Oliver tweaks. As for the characters, not only is the protagonist, Sam, selfish and cowardly her best friend Lindsey is monstrous. As a reader, it is natural to harbor disgust toward a villain but makes it all the more difficult when the villain is meant to be the hero. Sam and her subsequent journeys back from the dead lacked the compulsion for the reader to attach oneself to something in the story and sympathize; the ending- although rushed and unresolved- served more as a relief that the book was over instead of contentment that Sam evolved.
Even though this book seemed to be a big bust for us, the following are the other books we have read & their average ratings we have given them: (from most recent to oldest)
The Very Picture of You by Isabel Wolff (4 stars)
What The Heart Remembers by Debra Ginsberg (2.5 stars)
The Good Braider by Terry Farish (3 stars)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (5 stars)
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry (3 stars)
Everlost by Neal Shusterman (3.5 stars)
Partials by Dan Wells (4.5 stars)
Shine by Lauren Myracle (3 stars)
Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris (4 stars)
The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski ( 2.5 stars)
Forget You by Jennifer Echols (2 stars)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2 stars)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (4 stars)
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (4.5 stars)
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (3 stars)
Some were good, some were bad but we have a good time no matter what and it is all about broadening our horizons! I encourage you to start one, you never know what kind of relationships and bonding you will get out of one!