Any time there’s a movie coming out that’s based off of a novel, I instantly want to read the novel just so I can go see the movie and compare. So I just finished reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Holy smokes! I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I did. She really knows how to pin down both the lovable and hateful qualities in mean girls. I feel like I’m BFFs with these girls, wanting to simultaneously hang out with them but also bitch them out for being so horrible. And …then there’s Kent ? My favorite scene was when he let her sleep in his bed and he pulled up a chair and talked to her about wanting to be her hero. Here’s an excerpt:
“He pauses. “Do you remember what I said to you that day?”
The memory is there, a balloon swelling from somewhere so far inside me I thought it was lost, the whole scene clear and perfect now.
“You’re my hero,” we both say at the same time. I don’t hear Kent move, but all of a sudden his voice is closer, and he’s found my hands in the dark, and he’s cupping them in his.
“I vowed after that day that I would be your hero too, no matter how long it took,” he whispers.
Swoon! I cherish a good love story, however, even though I loved Kent (and desperately wanted more scenes with him), the highlight of this book was really the friendships between the four girls. It was detailed and at times petty. It was real. It brought me right back to high school, with the insignificant things that seemed so life and death at the time. Until of course, they are life and death. This book definitely gets 5 stars from me.