Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Pub. Date: March 02, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 480pp
Age Range: Young Adult

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. Fortunately, 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.

Lauren Oliver pulled me into Before I Fall from page one and left me speechless by the end. I could not put it down! Reading from Samantha’s viewpoint had me reflecting back on my days in high school and I found myself wondering if I would want to change or do anything differently. Of course I would. Samantha’s clique was amongst the popular crowd and there were times I thought they were just plain mean but then again I can’t believe I’m saying this – It happens everywhere. Someone is always getting laughed at or made to be the butt of a joke. I know it doesn’t make it right but I could totally relate to Samantha. This is one of the reasons I fell in love with Before I Fall. I lived through Samantha’s eyes and couldn’t help but empathize with her the whole time.

Lauren took me on a rollercoaster of emotional rides throughout her narrative. There were times when I found myself upset, laughing, and crying while reading this book. The characters in this book are beyond realistic. There were times when Samantha would mention someone and it would remind me of people I knew high school with some of the same characteristics.

I realized as I’m writing this review that I can’t write about all the amazing things that I love about Before I Fall. Lauren’s writing is awe-inspiring. I loved this book from beginning to end. This is a novel that I will have no problems recommending to others. Before I Fall is a beautifully written page turner with lively characters who draw you into the deepest depth of their lives then forces you to take notice - you’ll find yourself not wanting to come up for air.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

38 comments:

  1. Wow, this book sounds absolutly amazing. The plot line sounds so unique and I love that she relives her last day over and over again--truly great! Wonderful review and I am looking forward to reading this one.

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  2. I must agree with your review...it definitely is unique in nature and emotional...not to mention an accurate mirror of what transpires sometimes. My own review won't be live til next week, but I always enjoy seeing what others think of the same title. Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!

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  3. This books sounds really, really good and the plot summary is something to read about. I'm in high school at the moment and I see this happening all the time, everyday actually. I'm hoping to read this book soon!

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  4. Great review! Hehe, yeah, I remember how this book left me speechless too when I read it a few months ago and it's still fresh on my mind. What an amazing book!

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  5. Awesome review! This book sounds really great. I'm really excited to read this one, now even more with your wonderful review. Thank you =)

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  6. I have this book, I received it this week. I look forward to reading it now.

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  7. Good review of the book. I'd hate to go back to high school too. Kids are mean, mean, mean!

    Thanks,
    Kelsey
    krae991@yahoo.com

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  8. I just watched Groundhog Day so this sounds very interesting.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

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  9. What a glowing review (and more in the comments)! I'll definitely have to check this book out. It sounds interesting. =)

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  10. This book looks amazing! I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm glad to see that you liked it so much :)

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  11. Great review.
    I've heard nothing but good things about this book.

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  12. I absolutely cannot wait!!!! This is exactly my sort of book.

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  13. Wow! I think everyone asks themselves what they would do if they had one day or if this was the last day. I love the fact that she gets another chance to get it right. The book sounds amazing.

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  14. Ooh interesting! I don't think I have ever read a book like this one. Can't wait to read it.



    kmichellec87(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  15. This looks like a great book. Yours was a wonderful review. I need to go out and buy this one..

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  16. Absolutely dying to read this one!

    willowwind@gmail.com

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  17. Absolutely loved your review! I'm so glad you liked this book it only makes me want to read it even more!

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  18. This book looks really good. I don't know if I can handle it with all of the ranges of emotions it takes you through!

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  19. Wow, that was a fantastic review. Now I have to read this book.
    It sounds like a lovely read.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  20. GREAT review! The fact that you gave it 5 out of 5 stars makes me want to read it even more!

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  21. This book sounds super good...it has been on my radar for awhile now and your review has made me want it more. I love when we see people we know in books...it is so interesting how life has a way of creeping into books.

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  22. Great review! You make me want to read this book now!! :)

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  23. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I'm not too certain I would want to do things over though. Even so it sounds like an interesting read.

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  24. Oh man, I love books that make you feel that way. I am so excited to read this. Thanks for the inspiring review.

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  25. Okay you absolutely convinced me to read this one now - I wasn't sure about the plot before, but I suppose I could give it a try. Thanks, thanks!

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  26. I've heard amazing things about this book, and your review makes me want to read it even more!

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  27. God, I want to read this book. I swear it's been on my to-read list forever, and all these raving reviews haven't helped much.

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  28. Great review! I like the premise alot!I love books that stir up emotions!

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  29. Nice review. Interesting book, but it's not my type. I wonder if reading it will make me change my mind...

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  30. First review I've read, and it sounds wonderful. I thought you did a great job of expressing this--can't wait to read!

    -Mandy

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  31. Sounds great! I missed getting a "First Look" at this one. Doh! I just finished Catching Fire, and loved it!

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  32. I've read so many other positive reviews on this book. It sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it!

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  33. WOW! This book sounds awesome! If I don't win it, I guess I'll have to buy it! Thanks for you openness and sharing your thoughts with us!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  34. Another book I need to get. lol

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  35. I've heard so much about this book! Can't wait to read it!

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  36. I read this book and I love it ! It's amazing !!

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  37. Loved your review, Tina! This book sounds like a very emotional read I think.

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