Book Review : Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Edition : Paperback (470 pages)
Publisher : Harper (Oct 2010)
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Source : Bought from Thalia Buchhandlung
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For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam 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 ever imagined.

My Thoughts

This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long-time that’s why I’ve decided to include it on my list for the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge.

Samantha Kingston has it all. The looks, friends, popularity and the perfect boyfriend. Friday night, Sam and her friends went into a house party. It should be her big night but it turns out to be her last. The next morning, she wakes up on the same day and relives her last day for a week.

“Let me ask you: is what I did really so bad? So bad I deserved to die? So bad I deserved to die like that? Is what I did really so much more worse than what anybody else does? Is it really so much worse than what you do? Think about it.”

I bought this book because of the great and intriguing synopsis. “What if you had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?”. Also, the eyes of the girl on the cover is simply mesmerizing.

Just like the usual, I didn’t have any idea of the plot but I did read the synopsis. I wasn’t really sure if I love or hate this book while reading the first 100 pages but I decided to continue and see where this book would take me.

I’ve honestly didn’t like Sam and her friends. Popular girls in highschool who are happy doing mean, really mean things to other students. They’re the ones I used to hate when I was in school and probably until now. There are still some good and funny things about Sam and her friends, like their fart jokes which made me really laugh, but their mean behavior appear more prominent. Even though I cannot relate to Sam’s character I still appreciate the things she has made to make everything right. My favorite character is Kent for being such a sweet guy and Izzy for being an adorable and sweet little sister.

The transformation of Sam changed the way I feel about her throughout the story . It’s quite slow and heartbreaking at times but i think it has to be done like that. It makes the story more realistic.

I was not quite sure with the ending because I also want to know what happened to the other characters especially with Juliet Sykes or Kent.

It’s my first time to read Ms. Oliver’s work and I cannot deny that her writing is flawless. I’ve read the first two chapters of Delirium and I added it on my never-ending TBR List. This author knows how to attract readers with her fascinating plot.

The message of this book is amazing that it made me realize how short life can be and how a certain things or behavior can impact other people around you. This book has a life-changing story and I recommend it to all of you.

My Rating

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