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Book Review: Before I Fall

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pages: 470
Source: Gifted (Thank you, HarperTeen)
Rating: 5 stars - Took My Breath Away
Publisher: HarperTeen
Buy it: Amazon, Kindle, B&N, Book Depository

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.
Can I say amazing? Wait, no--Amazing. With a capital 'A' and italics, yes.

I didn't think I could love Lauren Oliver's writing even more after reading Delirium but Before I Fall proved me wrong. Lauren Oliver's writing is beautiful in a way I cannot even start describing--because my words will never do her writing justice.

Sam was a despicably spoilt brat when I first met her. She's a horrible snob, who thinks she can do anything she likes to other people just because she's "popular." Actually, she's popular to the point of sickening me, as other people let her trample over them because of her social status, and however much I tried to like her, she was simply hatable. She hasn't done anything majorly wrong, but her lifestyle is something I'll never approve of--and will never be able to relate to.

However, as the accident occurs, and Sam starts living Friday, 12th of February over and over again, she starts to change, and as I neared the last pages, I completely and utterly loved her. But just when I fall in love with her, just when she's the best person she's ever been, it's her last day of life, and for me, the end of an amazing story.

Another thing I feel like I should say: Kent and Juliet Sykes, both of you were amazing. (Yes, I'm talking to fictional characters in a book review, I may or may not be going slightly crazy.) Kent was, perhaps, the sweetest guy I've ever read. I hope all those "Juliet's" out there will have a chance to read Before I Fall and know that there is always time for change, that it's never too late.

Before I Fall is a story about hope, love, and life. When it ended, it took my heart with it. This book will continue to be one of my all-time favourites, and remember: It's never too late. Live as if you'll die today.

Related Posts:
Read Kris' review of Before I Fall
Read Lauren Oliver's interview here at Imaginary Reads
5 comments on "Book Review: Before I Fall"
  1. This book was amazing! Such a great story! I felt like everything was handled so well and realistically and there was an awesome lesson to learn to. I cried a lot! Lauren Oliver is fantastic and brilliant!

  2. I've read all of Lauren Oliver's other books and I know I want to read this. Thanks for your great review and reminding me to get to it one of these days.

  3. I started reading this book and forgot where I left off. I'd like to come back and finish reading it one day! Especially after your review. It sounds AMAZING :)

  4. Although I know it's a sad story, the heroine sounds awesome!

  5. just finished reading this book, i love your review :)


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