|AUTHOR: Lauren Oliver |
PUBLICATION DATE: March 2, 2010
SOURCE: My library
GENRE: Realistic Fiction
OVERALL RATING: Highly recommended
RECOMMENDED FOR: High school girls
WHAT I LIKED: I finished this one last night after reading pretty much all day. WOW. I'm still thinking about it. It reminds me of the movies The Butterfly Effect and Groundhog Day.
I love how Samantha changed over time to become a stronger, better person while reliving the same day several times. I love how, even though the other characters do not change, the way Samantha sees them does change. The color imagery and vivid descriptions are dramatic and plentiful; I could almost smell the fresh-cut grass and feel the stinging pellets of icy rain. The ultimate message of living each day like it is your last is poignant and resonates long after the end. I kept wondering if Samantha would ultimately die at the end, or if she would wake up from a coma, or if she could prevent the accident from happening at all. Just beautiful.I was absolutely riveted right up to the last page.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Um, nothing. I absolutely loved it.
- LANGUAGE--moderate; lots of s-words and slang references to body parts
- SEXUALITY--medium-high; no one ever actually has sex during the book, but there is lots of talk about it and innuendo; one rather intense teacher-student kissing scene; some "girls' locker room" talk of menstrual cycles
- VIOLENCE--a suicide, repeatedly played-out; mean-girls school bullying
- DRUGS/ ALCOHOL--moderate-high; several parties feature teen drinking and teen marijuana use