Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
Other Info: 2010 Debut Author Challenge
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—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.
Samantha Kingston has everything! Awesome friends. A hot boyfriend and popularity that some of us can only imagine.There’s just one big problem. She died. After treating everyone like crap for years, she now has to come face to face with the consequences.
I honestly don’t know where to start. Before I Fall was like a train wreck. In a good way. You knew it was hurtling out of control but you just had to keep reading. The concept is extraordinary; Sam dies in the first 60 pages or so of the book but the next morning she wakes up in her bed. She soon realizes that she is living the day she died all over again. In all she lives this day through 7 times. Can she change anything? Can she become a better person? You will just have to read to find out!
Sam is a bitch. There’s no if’s and’s or but’s about it. I was warned beforehand. There was note in the book when I received it, from Lauren(which I think is awesome by the way!)that said that Sam is a little unlikable at first. She was not exaggerating. I wanted to slap her! Shake her! Call her a bitch! I think that is a testament to Lauren Oliver’s outstanding writing. We have all read books where you feel nothing for the characters. You are just reading their story to pass the time. That is definitely not the case with Before I Fall. I went through a roller coaster of emotions with all these characters. Anger, pity, sadness, love. I felt it all.
Lauren Oliver is a new talent in the Young Adult world that you need to watch out for! Her expert writing and finely crafted characters make Before I Fall a definite stand out! I loved it and I think you will too.