Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Title:Before I Fall
Author:Oliver, Lauren
Publisher:HarperTeen
Pages:480

Goodreads: 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.

Have you ever read a book and wanted to review it but had no clue what to say? That there is nothing you can add, or no way to get your point across without revealing the twist or the ending? I am having this problem with Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. I want to scream from the rooftops read this book, alas how do I say it coherently or professionally?

We follow Sam reliving the same day over and over Groundhog Day style. She is the popular girl, the pretty girl with the perfect boyfriend. She is a bully, and she dies. She dies seven times over and is rewound and gets a new chance at making amends. Can Sam figure out what to change in her life and how important her actions are in time?

This book is written perfectly. You know the characters immediately and even if you dislike their mean-girl attitudes, you cannot put this book down. The ending was shocking and poignant. I had mixed emotions. I was in awe, I was angry, then I was in awe again. I never saw it coming.

I love that Sam learns her actions have consequence and bullying is wrong. There is some drinking, there is some drugs, there is some sex. Trust me people your teens aren’t as impressionable as you think. This book is more about discovery, and learning how to treat others.

If you like Laurie Halse Anderson, or Gayle Forman you will love Lauren Oliver!

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7 Responses so far

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    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I thought it was great!

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    That was a great review! :) I’m glad you liked this book.

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    PS: The graphic for your send button always makes me smile :)

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    This looks great. I loved the trailer.

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    I’ve heard such amazing things about this one, and the premise is amazing too. Yet another to put on the list lol.

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    I enjoyed this book a great deal. I’m still rheuminating on it before writing my review but know it’ll be a positive one. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it as well.

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    I have this book now and look forward to reading it. It is thicker than I thought it would be.

    I am having the same problem trying to write a review for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. How do I do it without giving the ending away?

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