Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Review: Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver
Hard cover,
 HarperCollins Publishing 470 pages
March 2nd, 2010

  " Here's another thing to remember: Hope keeps you alive. even when your dead, It's the only thing that keeps you alive"

  What if you only had 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. February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead its her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact its the same morning. Now she must relive that last day over and over. She then realizes even the smallest changes have the biggest effects. How far will Sam go to save her self. 
Before I Fall was a great book. I thought it might get a little repetitive because Sam relives her last day over and over but I was wrong... and glad of it. Lauren Oliver made each day so different that I felt that it wasn't even repeating. Sam starts out pretty unlikeable, she is a snotty popular girl that thinks she is all that, but as the book progresses she really grows into a great person. I guess it takes dying to really find yourself. Sam must relive her last day and try to find the key to her survival. Each decision she makes changes the whole outcome of the future and the right combination of choices could be the key. I don't want to give too much away but I will say this, Before I Fall has love, loss, humor and some very devious teenagers. Its got a really good plot and great characters. Oliver really catches the teenage spirit. And makes you think about how every choice, even the smallest ones can make all the difference.

I think that one of the main reason I loved Before I Fall was the many ways Sam explored her life. After the first few days she started to wonder how her life could change with just a few choice variations. She also learns alot from the outcome of her choices.

Before I Fall is a great book about learning who you are and making changes that can change your life forever. With a pretty unexpected ending and great Characters Before I Fall is a solid 5 Hoot book! Make sure you check it out and be prepared to learn a few things about life and the power of change!


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