Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

Genre: Mystery / 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.

Samantha Kingston begins her day like any normal Friday, sure she may have a few regrets here or there and maybe wishes she would have handled situations a little differently, but that's not who she is. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Except, later that evening . . . she's in a horrible accident and tragically dies. From then on out, it always beings with a dream of falling into the darkness and the same Friday morning over and over and over again.

I couldn't put this book down! I praise Lauren Oliver's writing style for making this story so realistic, so emotionally disturbing, and so enjoyable. Yet, I couldn't find myself giving it a perfect rating because Sam's tale really haunted me, but it's a damn good read regardless. Once you get caught up in Samantha's repeat Friday, you can't NOT remember the movie
Groundhog Day. The brilliancy of this book is that the whole tale really begins to revolve and by the end, you see Sam redeem herself for past mistakes but still remain who she is. Be warned : It's an addicting & heartbreaking story that makes everyone evaluate there own lives!

Likes: Sam's growing awareness to Kent.

Dislikes: The blunt honesty of how cruel high school can really be.


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