"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled 'This could change your life'."
-Helen Exley

"A novel is the chance to try on a different life for size."
-Marion C. Garretty

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Pages: 470
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?
Samatha 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. Fiday, Febrary 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.

*Breathe Katie, breathe!* This book is amazing, stunning, extrordinary, fabulous! I just tore right through it, and honestly, I don't see how you could not! Again I find myself asking the same question, why did I wait so long to read this book? I should add it to my top ten list: thank you Victoria (;

I just love everything about this book. The main character, Sam, was brilliant. At times I thought she was so snobby and rude, I just wanted to strangle her! And other times I was laughing with her and crying. (Yes, I admit to crying). I felt really connected with Sam in so many ways and I loved being with her on this journey
 where she found herself and tried to make everything right.

I have to say though, her friends could be brats (and other words starting with B...), Rob was a jerk, and Kent was absolutely wonderful! I fell for Kent right away. I was soo mad at Sam a couple nights at the party. Rude much?

Anyways, one thing I did think was strange of this book was how on the seventh day she relived, she knew it would be her last. But how? A fairy godmother didn't sparkle down and wave her wand and say, "you get seven days" or anything. She just woke up and magically knew.

I also liked/disliked the ending. The first time I read it I didn't understand what happened so I re-read it and I'm still not sure if I understand 100%, but it's clearer. I have to say, that was one of the best last lines I've ever read.

Overall, this is such an amazing book and truly I think anyone would like it. It really makes you stop and think about how you treat other people and the lasting effects bullying can have. At the same time it teaches and reminds you to live life to its fullest.

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars


  1. I've heard amazing things about this book (and Lauren Oliver for that matter) and your review doesn't disappoint! you can tell you really enjoyed before i fall, your emotions literally jump of your review :) i think i'll be adding this book to my ever-growing TBR pile! thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    ps. cuttee blog! I shall follow :)

  2. Glad you enjoyed it, I did too. Thanks for the review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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