Posted by: Natalie Hatch | May 17, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Newly released here in Oz, Before I Fall had an interesting premise. What if you had to live the last day of your life over and over until you get it right? Intriguing? The book certainly delivers on that.

At first I was more than mildly annoyed with the main character Sam and her shallowness/superficiality, but then as the book progresses you get to see Sam’s world change around her and she starts to see who she really is. In the end you’re left hoping for her. It’s a great read, really I didn’t want it to end, I wanted her to have another day just so I could see more.

Here’s the official blurb.

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.

Oh go and get this book, honestly it really did captivate me (once I got over the initial angsty teen Miss Perfect syndrome). Sam grows with the book, and you wonder if this time she’s finally got it right. Each day unfolds over and over again just like Groundhog Day really but filled with hormonal/emotional teens. Before I Fall was worth the spending money, I highly recommend it.

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Responses

  1. Great review! It took me a while to like Sam too, but by the end, I loved her. Brilliant book.

  2. I know Jenny, I was not fussed on her at all mainly due to her self-centredness, I know now that that’s what shes meant to be like but I wanted her to at least make an effort to be nice.

  3. A beautiful book. :]

  4. Best Book ever. Great read.


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