Friday, May 20, 2011

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Released: March 2nd, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 470
Rating: 5/5

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.

This book was amazing.There's only seven chapters in this book. Each chapter is the day that Samantha gets to relive which she does seven times hence seven chapters. After reading the first chapter I really wanted to throw the book down. Samantha is one those popular girls who pretty much gets the best of everything. Her and her friends are the most popular and everyone else is second best. She makes fun of others and doesn't realize the extent of how hurtful it is. 

Before I Fall I so different from all the books I've read lately. Its like peeling back the layers of an onion. Each time Samantha wakes up and relives the day, she does things a little differently and sees things a little differently. Some of her actions affect others too like cheating on a test or getting the last parking space and she sees the different outcomes and domino effect of her actions.

The book doesn't get repetitive, you know the basic story of what's going to happen throughout the day but each time Samantha does things a little differently that often times veer the story in a new direction. Each day, Samantha grows a little and I end up liking her a bit more. At the end, she's so different from who she is at the beginning. Lauren Oliver truly did an amazing job with her debut novel and is one author to watch out for.


  1. This book is one of my most favorites! Great review.

  2. I absolutely love LAuren oliver! This book was phenomenal, great review!

  3. Thanks for sharing, i really have to pick this one up.