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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Book Review)


Title: Before I Fall

Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Teen

About the Book: 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.

My Thoughts: If this review comes out jumbled, I apologize - I finished this book way back in February, so while I may not remember all the little details - hopefully I will be able to portray the feelings.

I thought this was a great book, yet very melancholy.  Each time the day ends, and the different way that it ends, Sam always wakes back up on the morning of the 12th.  It was interesting to see how she started to see her decisions affecting those around her in different ways - and at the same time, seeing how some things didn't change no matter how she tried to set up the circumstances.  I was pulling for Sam and Kent and really wanted to see something good happen for them.  It just seemed like Sam was a victim of her circumstances and I wanted her to live once she learned that - but at the same time, it taught me to not sit back and let things "happen" to me, but to take control so that there would be no regrets.

~I received this book for review as part of Barnes and Noble's First Look program.~

Before I Fall
Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Teen, Mar 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-172680-4
472 pages

2 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I've read a lot of great things about this, so I'm anxious to read it.

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Great review, I enjoyed it as well :)

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