Before I Fall Review

January 28, 2012 Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Before I Fall ReviewBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Published by Harper Collins Childrens on March 2, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 470
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? 

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last. 

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

What I Thought…

Warning: This book will make you cry.  I’ve read many books that have made me tear up a little, but I haven’t really cried while reading a books since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (and really, who didn’t cry reading that book?)

In the beginning you have your typical mean girls.  Sam is not the most likeable character.  Her typical mean girl behavior makes you want to smack her upside the head.  She treats people like crap, and laughs while doing it.  In some of her inner thoughts she knows it’s wrong, but follows her friend Lindsay anyway.

After waking up on the second day, after appropriately freaking out, she makes only small changes.  It’s not until the third day that she realizes that it might not be about her…

As she lives each day over she makes changes trying to fix things.  She makes new friends and new discoveries that change her.  She starts to fall in love and really care about other people.  She progresses from all about me to what can I do to help her?

Day four was my favorite of all the days.  She said what she thought and did what she wanted, knowing that it would just repeat again tomorrow and all would be forgiven.  (It was especially gratifying where Lindsay is concerned).  Day seven was also really good as she went about fixing things for other people.

Lauren Oliver is a fantastic writer, she really brought this story to life.  And even though it’ll probably make you cry, it is well worth the read.


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