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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Do NOT READ this BOOK! At least not until the sequel comes out.

Do NOT READ this BOOK! At least not until the sequel comes out. This was by far the BEST of Ms. Forman's work I have had the privilege of reading thus far - I also read the if I Stay series. It is beautifully written and had me pining to continue through the journey wit...
Do NOT READ this BOOK! At least not until the sequel comes out. This was by far the BEST of Ms. Forman's work I have had the privilege of reading thus far - I also read the if I Stay series. It is beautifully written and had me pining to continue through the journey with Allyson right up until the ending, which actually made me scream in frustration. Fans of the If I Stay series will probably recall the abrupt ending in the first book there, but without an idea that there will be a sequel that book at least gave me the feeling that I could decide how the characters ended up. THIS book, however, reaches the climax and just STOPS... it's like some form of agonizing emotional torture I've submitted myself to.

The book starts off somewhat bland with Allyson being the "good girl" who gets frustrated by that label but does nothing to change it, that is until she meets Willem and makes the most impulsive decision of her life to run off to spend the day with him in Paris. Then things get good as the first 1/2 of the book details the ins and outs of that one day - with both highs and lows. It's not a perfect day, but it's the kind of day that makes you feel like something magical is happening. I found myself half in love with Willem by the end. When the day ends Allyson is left in a depression, she struggles for months afterwards until finally she realizes that she can't let that day go. So the second half of the book is Allyson struggle through the down of trying to be the same Allyson when she's outgrown who that was. She finally decides to find Willem again.

The things that make this book so incredibly excellent are not only the growth in Allyson, which is will touch anyone who's ever realized that there might be more beyond that small box they've been living in. But more so this book is amazing because of the side characters both the friends that Allyson makes, the people who help her in small ways and even those who seem like enemies. This is the kind of book that makes you feel like people really are inherently good. Also that you should never jump to conclusions because you almost always miss something important if you do.

posted by JAMQueen on January 28, 2013

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2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Complete Rip Off Of Before Sunrise. Let me preface this review

A Complete Rip Off Of Before Sunrise. Let me preface this review by saying that I have read both If I Stay and Where She Went. I thought If I Stay was great, a modern classic truly. I also enjoyed Where She Went. However, this book is terrible. I wish my Nook had a ret...
A Complete Rip Off Of Before Sunrise. Let me preface this review by saying that I have read both If I Stay and Where She Went. I thought If I Stay was great, a modern classic truly. I also enjoyed Where She Went. However, this book is terrible. I wish my Nook had a return button so I could get my money back.The second I read the overview, I immediately thought of the movie Before Sunrise from 1995. The plot sounded identical. I decided to give this the benefit of the doubt. I am sorry I did. Honestly, Richard Linklater should sue for plagiarism. You would think that if Gayle Forman stole the entire plot that she could at least have made it a decent read. This book was horrible. Aside from the plot, the characters themselves are bland unoriginal archetypes you have seen a million times before. Allyson the main character is a type A personality who decides to rebel a bit on her high school trip abroad by going to Paris with a guy she met. Yeah, like I said real original. And Willem is a hot guy wandering wherever life takes him. The characters have no depth. As a reader, you are not connected to them. I read the entire book with little interest. I felt nothing for these characters. Before Sunrise is one of my favorite movies. Jesse and Celine are incredible characters. They are brilliant together. Their honest conversations and emotional exchange throughout their day together in Vienna is genius. The movie is a ten out of ten. Willem and Allyson are ridiculous in comparison. Their conversations are laughable. Jesse and Celine are well-rounded characters; the way they interact feels natural. The movie draws you into these two characters from the start and only gets better. This book fails in all aspects when it comes to emotional connection. The interactions between Willem and Allyson feel staged and awkward. The few attempts at conveying sincere emotion even ring false. I could not get over how the author took such a beautiful poignant plot from the terrific film (Before Sunrise) and turned it into this drivel. Oh, and then there are the Shakespeare references. The endless references to the greatest playwright in Western Literature are supposed to redeem this mediocre drivel? Sorry, but not even Shakespeare can help this book.I implore you to Rent, Buy,Netflix, etc. The movie Before Sunrise starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. But whatever you do, don’t bother to read this book.

posted by 7279865 on January 24, 2013

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