Title: Before I fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: March 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins
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.
It’s time to make everything right before you fall…
This book completely blew me away, and a lot of emotions swirled around me as I read this. Sadness, happiness, fear, frustration, anger, I can’t really tell which of them I’m already feeling as I read. It seemed as if all these emotions bombarded me at the same time.
Before I fall tells us the story of Samantha Kingston, a mean girl—oh wait. I meant a bitch—who died in a car accident, only to find herself waking up on that same day she died. And from then on, she kept on repeating that day and it’s up to her to find out what has gone wrong.
I enjoyed reading how Sam’s character grew with each day she repeats, and you can really see how much she has changed in the end. Ms. Oliver did a wonderful job showing how the bitchy, spoiled Samantha turned into a considerate teenager who finally realizes how bad she was before.
Although the plot wasn’t original, Oliver managed to make it unique, in a way that draws readers into the book and be able to relate to what the heroine is going through.
Over-all, I really loved this book. I was a bit disappointed with how it ended, because I wished it didn’t have to end that way, but I’m still satisfied since everything was resolved.
Before I fall shows the readers the effects of bullying to a person and how it can destroy them. It has its moral lessons that everyone can learn from, so I definitely recommend it.
I give this book 4.5 whales.