Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Review: Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

I wasn't sure what to expect from "Before Ever After" when I first bought it. To be honest, I didn't even know what it was about. All I knew was that the Twitter hype surrounding the book was insane at one point and I tried looking for it in every bookstore possible to find out what the hype was about. Of course, I couldn't find it anywhere.

Then, one random day at Market Market, there it was: a whole stack of "Before Ever After"s just waiting to be devoured in National Bookstore.

I only had 500 pesos in my wallet. The book was 499. I bought it anyway.

And I have no regrets whatsoever.

"Before Ever After" is one of those books that are difficult to put down, like "The Da Vinci Code". Or "American Psycho".

You should know that it is very rare for me to really like an author's writing style so much that I actually set time aside just to read their books. Well, that's what happened with this one.

Although the story may sound confusing to those who aren't actually reading it, once you do start reading the book, it will be impossible for you not to get hooked with both Shelley and Max's journey and not to crave some chicken from Max's Restaurant afterwards (plug! haha).

The best part about it, though, was that - even 6 pages to the end - I had no idea how the book was going to end. At all. And when it did, I couldn't help but smile because it was the perfect ending.

And, come on, let's be honest here: how many times have you ever read a fictional book and actually liked the ending of it? The "Harry Potter" series was brilliant, but that epilogue? Oh, please. And "Battle Royale"? It had a great ending for those who liked cheesy endings, but we all know the better ending would have been right after "1 student left".

Sorry, but authors tend to ruin a good thing because they aren't sure how to keep their readers happy. But, like the brilliant Christopher Nolan, Samantha Sotto knew exactly how to keep me happy.

To be completely honest, I actually hated the epilogue at first, but now that I've thought about it a little bit more, I've got to say it's a very "Inception"-ish. And, while "Inception" is one of my favorite movies ever, "Before Ever After" is now one of my favorite books ever. Not only because of the open ending that allows me to be as depressingly emo as I want to be in my interpretation of it, but because it reminds me to never lose hope and to always believe in love. (Okay, fine, so I have a cheesy side to me, too. Whatever.)

I tweeted before that Samantha Sotto had me at the dedication and then at the prologue. Well, she had me all the way to the ending and the epilogue now.

This book is perfection.

5 stars out of 5.


  1. i wanna buy this book. sana ilower ang price :))

  2. how did you go home after buying this book? hehehehe! i've read a lot of reviews with this book na and basing on your post, maganda pala talaga.

    i have a mini giveaway on my blog, i'd be glad if you could join =)

  3. I've been wanting to read it. And Hunger Games too. Have you read Hunger Games?

  4. Aw, this will definitely make it on my christmas wishlist :)

  5. ooooh sounds interesting - maybe i'll read it

  6. Ooh, thanks for the review. I've been looking for new books to read. 'Before Ever After' sounds like my kind of story. ;)

    Lots of love, B
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  7. Just finished reading the book. And never failed to make me cry and be happy at the same time. And yes, the ending left something for our imagination. I'm more of an optimist. How about your version of the ending? :)