I just finished it about ten minutes ago, and I waited to post because I sat for about eight of those minutes just silently thinking about the ending.
The end will blow you away.
Now, I don't want to say a lot about it, because I feel privileged to get a copy of it and I don't want to ruin anything. Perhaps when we get closer to the review date, I'll speak a few more words on it but for now, here are my first thoughts.
But...let me say that I think you'll be immensely satisfied as a follow up book to Before I Fall. It's a lot different from Before I Fall. If you're looking for a book similar to that, this isn't, but it's incredible in it's own way.
I would say that I loved it, but you see...in the main character Lena's world, you're not allowed to love or you'll be killed.
I had heard it was loosely based on Romeo and Juliet and I could see a lot of similarities, but none of them were in your face obvious so it felt like you were reading a re-telling of the play. I teach R and J with my 9th graders, and I think this would be a great book to pair with it. In fact, I may look into doing that with my second semester students!
How about three words to describe the book? Three words that might not make sense to you, and will keep you waiting until February 2011.
I'm mean, right!?!
Okay, so here's my review. I would say that Delirium is...
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