Thursday, February 25, 2010

Before I Fall - A Review

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver (Barnes & Noble First Look Book Club Selection)

Product Details

  • 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.

My Thoughts:

This book took me on a whirlwind of emotions. From sadness of loss, to hate, to being disgusted by peoples actions, to wondering why people act the way they do, to understanding, happiness, the list goes on. By the time the book was done I was surprised by the emotional toll the book had taken on me.

Before I Fall touched on some serious topics that take place in our youths lives. It might have over exaggerated a bit but I know all the topics exists in high school regardless of the scale. Bullying, popularity, sex, drugs, alcohol, drunk driving. All of these things had a role in this book and every single one of them a serious issue that should be talked about.

Sam and her friends made me hate them yet oddly enough I understood them. I really wanted to just hate them to be honest, but part of me just couldn't. I saw flaws in each of them but I also saw redemption in all of them.

Following Sam's last 7 days became an addiction. The more I read the more I had to read. I had to know what happened next. I had to know how the story played out. I had to know how it ended.

This book, simply put, was amazing! I am so glad I got the opportunity to read it. I would highly recommend it.


DCMetroreader said...

I love the premise of this book! Very nice review!

MarceJ said...

Another I look forward to, there are just to many exciting books on my TBR list.

Enjoyed your review.

robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

I can't wait to read this! :]

Jill said...

I had a hard time putting this one down. I hope that some of the bullying was exaggerated but worry that maybe schools really have gotten that bad. I have to write my review for this soon, I had so many thoughts while I was reading that I am not sure where to start.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Sounds like a lot of important issues touched apon here. Great review, and glad you enjoyed the book.

Kerry said...

What a neat premise for a book - thanks for sharing!

Ryan G said...

Thank you for the review, I may have to give this one a second look.