Published by Harper Teen on March 2, 2010
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With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.
For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam 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 ever imagined.
I have no words to describe Before I Fall. It’s an absolutely stunning debut novel that I couldn’t put down. I never wanted it to end and not that I have finished it, I can’t stop thinking about it.February 12 is a normal day for Sam Kingston, right up to the part where she dies. What’s even weirder is that she wakes up the next day. Except it’s not the next day, it’s the same day and Sam gets to live it over. In fact, she gets to live it over seven times. Each day is exactly the same as the original except for what Sam does. Sam has the power to change everything about that day and maybe even save her own life.
Sam was not someone I liked to begin with. In fact, I couldn’t stand her or her friends. They were all so mean and full of themselves. I almost gave up reading because I didn’t like them but boy am I glad I stuck it out. I don’t think the story would have had nearly as much impact if Sam was a good person to begin with. It just wouldn’t have worked. I get that now but it did bug me in the beginning.
The story itself was amazing. It was so unique. It was really cool to see how changing one little thing can change the whole course of things. It’s not something I have ever thought about in depth but I don’t think I will be able to stop myself now. =]
Overall, Before I Fall is a beautiful debut novel that I will be buying a finished copy of. I also recommend that everyone do the same thing because it is one book you will want to read over and over again. I know my review didn’t do it justice so you should read it and find out for yourself how great it is!
Rather Be Reading’s review: “Please, if you haven’t read Before I Fall, stop what you’re doing right this second and start reading it.”
Book.Blog.Bake’s review: “Going back to the days of high school is not exactly fun, but Before I Fall does a terrific job of really exploring a teenager’s identity.”
Steph The Bookworm’s review: “Anyways, I enjoyed the book not because of Sam’s sudden change of heart; I enjoyed it because it was well written with very three-dimensional characters and an interesting concept.”