Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Book Summery:
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.-goodreads.com

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Book Review:

Words can not express how much I enjoyed this book. I put off reading it for while, because I thought that while the premise sounded interesting, it also sounded like it would be repetitive, and therefore difficult to read through. What make me finally pick up this book, were several stellar reviews. Some reviews that particularly stood out to me are as follows: Book Crazy, Cleverly Inked, Presenting Lenore, and Pure Imagination. I highly recommend that you check out their reviews as well.

Throughout the entire book, the main character Sam is struggling...struggling to do what is popular, struggling to do what is right, struggling to find the truth. The reader watches and struggles along side Sam as she tries to make her way. Her character evolution is an interesting one. She is flawed, and therefore easier to relate to, though difficult at times. Someone mentioned in their review that Before I Fall is somewhat similar to Mean Girls meets Groundhog Day. I think that is a fair comparison. This is definitely a book that stays with you long after you have finished reading the last page. In fact, I finished reading this several days ago, and I still am having difficulty picking up my next book. My mind just keeps going back to the story line. I often found myself thinking what I would have done, had I been in Sam's shoes? What exactly is the right choice? What would I do if I had one day left to live?

Favorite Quote:
"They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me." (p. 3)

Cover Art Commentary:I will admit, this is not my favorite cover. It reminds me of a barbie doll left if the grass. Though, I suppose that could be the intentional purpose...

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  1. Mean Girls/Groundhog Day. LOVE that explanation.

    I love stories that keep me thinking.

  2. I even now more than a month after I finished this one thinking about it, I even get teary when I read your review - it's just that kind of book!

    Love your take! :)

  3. Great review! This book sounds so good!

  4. Great Review! I feel like i've seen this book on half a dozen blogs in the past few weeks!

    PS: I just gave you an award here

  5. I was absolutely blown away by this book too and I agree, it really does stay with you - it took me months to get it off my mind, it was just SO powerful!

  6. @Juju
    I really think you'd like this one a lot! :)

    It's just one of those books that stays with you!

    @YA Vamps
    Thank you love! :)

    Thanks for the review! I'll be posting the award soon!

    Agreed! I still reflect on it from time to time!

  7. I keep seeing this around, I need to pick it up. Could be interesting...

    Thanks for your review!