Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Book Name: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Released: March 2, 2010
Pages: 480
Age Group: 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.

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. "


Before I Fall is interesting from page one, it starts off good and it gets right to the point. It begins with a prologue. You don't have to read half the book before it gets interesting, like you have to do with some books. That's a plus for me. There are some parts though, that make the book a little boring because Samantha is reliving that same day over and over. Everything doesn't happen the same way, of course not. The same parts do happen over and over, but not quite. I quickly regained interest as I got a little farther into the book, and then I started getting to the better parts.

As Samantha keeps reliving her last day over, I think she seems to get smarter about the decisions she makes. What I  mean is, she starts thinking about making better decisions about her life. Her friends, her popularity, her boyfriend. (I couldn't stand her boyfriend!) This book makes you about about life in general. How short it is, how precious it can be, and how it could end in a split second. There are a few parts in this book that I found funny, so this isn't a book that just talks about death all the time. It's also about the opposite of death: Life. And love.

I had a love-hate thing with the characters. At one point, I hated them. I hated Sam. I'm sure the author wanted me to hate them. At another point in the book though, I loved them, not all of them, but a few of them.

Overall, I have to say it was a good book. I can't say I loved it because then I would be lying. I didn't really like the ending, I didn't like how things turned out. But still, on your next trip to the bookstore, you should at least consider picking up this book from the shelf. You won't be disappointed.


I give this book 3 stars.


  1. nice!! this is on my TBR pile :D

    thanks for sharing!!

  2. This is a book I've been dying to read. Probably partly because of the cover.

  3. I got this one in this week from the library. I'm not sure how excited I am about it, your review sort of seems like what I'd get out of it too.

  4. I've been meaning to read Before I Fall, and to be honest that's exactly the thing that has had me skipping over it for something else every time I look for what to read next ... the fact that she relives the same day over and over, which yeah, obviously won't be EXACTLY the same each time, but still ... lol ... it has boring potential.

    Thanks for stopping by from the Blog Hop ... you have a lovely site yourself, and I'm curious to see more of your reviews as your blog gets a little older, hehe.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend xx

  5. This is such a well-written review, Amber! Gave me lots of info about the book, it's bound to be a thought-provoking one. I'll have to read this book soon!