Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-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 had ever imagined.

What a beautiful novel Lauren Oliver has crafted! I've always been a sucker for the feel good about yourself and self evaluation type of books, and this one is no different. I felt like I was going through the story right next to Sam, figuring it out alongside her.

The writing was beautiful and almost whimsical. I have to admit that Sam did irritate me at first, because she was so naive and didn't realize what she was doing. As the book progressed, I started to like her more and more until she turned into a really good character. I adored Kent and Izzy, they were so real and loveable. My favorite line in the book is said by Izzy who's Sam's eight year old sister who has a lisp.

"So why don't you do something about it?" I say. "You could learn to talk differently, you know."

"But this is my voice." She says it quietly but with insistence. "How would you be able to tell when I was talking?"

A beautiful novel with an unexpected twist at the end and worth the read, one hundred percent. Please go read it, it'll change your thoughts about the people you hang out with and the way you live your life.

*****

4 comments:

Helen's Book Blog said...

I really liked this book too and wasn't really sure what to expect when I began it. Glad to hear others are liking it too

fredamans said...

So happy you enjoyed it. It was my favorite book for the month of June. Great review!

Alexander Bennett (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

I so need to read this one soon!

Anonymous said...

Ive just finished this book - couldn't put it down, read it in 3 nights. It really makes you think about what you do each day and how differently you would act towards people if you knew the implications of your every action. What a great book.

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