Release Date: March 2, 2010
Pages: 380 (ARC)
Publisher: HarperTeenMost Appropriate For Ages: 14+
Where I Got It: For review from Around The World Tours
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.
This was a great debut from author Lauren Oliver.
Even though Sam lived through the one day of her life seven times, it never seemed to get repetitive. And there didn't seem to be a dull moment in the book. It really got me thinking about how everything we do also affects someone else, how everything's connected in one way or another.
The characterization in Before I Fall was beautiful. I hated Sam and her friends, I pitied Sam and her friends, and than I hated and pitied them at the same time. I don't think I've ever read a book where the main characters are "popular", so this was a new type of reading experience for me. The main character, Sam/Samantha, grows a lot throughout the book, which was amazing to watch. And Kent, a guy who "stalks" her, had me when the narration state that he wore a bowler hat. He was incredibly sweet, and he made my "Top Book Guys" list.
The writing flowed so nicely, and included every detail of the setting, the character, so vividly you feel like you are there standing next to the characters. Lauren Oliver is a beautiful writer.
The ending was so sad, in a way. Happy, kind of, in another way. This was a really good book that I flew through, and I'd definitely recommend everyone reading it. I cannot wait for Lauren Oliver's next book.