Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 470 Pages
Reason: Personal Interest
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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.
“Here's another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you're dead, it's the only thing that keeps you alive.”
I have made it a mission this year to read all the books from my personal 'TBR' pile. Meaning no review books! I keep buying books and yet, they sit beautifully on my shelf, patiently waiting to be read for weeks, months and in some cases even years. So, enough of that! Aside from reading my reviews books, I have dedicated a minimum of 1 book per month to come from my personal library. So far, it has been going really great and I have knocked a few off that I have been dying to read. Twenty-Boy Summer and Paper Towns to name a few. Anyways! Now that I've blabbered on enough, let me get on with this review.
For a couple years now, this book as been recommended to me countless times(along with the Delirium series....Which I still have yet to read!). So, when picking my next read between review books, I thought now was the perfect time!
This book, in a way I was not expecting, got me quite emotional. I was bullied in school, and once I got passed that I never wanted to think about it again(easier said than done). However, this book kept challenging me...If I could have done anything differently, would I? And what would I change? Would I love the fact that I could have a do-over every single day?
Sam is a "mean girl". She and her troop of friends are the ones causing a ruckus in innocent people's lives. They are the reason behind the misery of some; being bullies and instigators. I was not a fan of Sam, or any of her friends, for the first quarter, almost half of the book. There were times I just wanted to shake same and just say: "Come on!! Are you that blind, can you not see that you have chances here to make it right?!". Then, the book started to take the turn I was hoping to see. Despite all this though, I was hooked from the very first page! Lauren Oliver's writing was simple, yet grabbed me from the very first page. Her talent cannot be missed, although she is quite popular and established now, this was her debut novel, and she broke into the scene with a bang!
Oliver did a wonderful job at keeping your attention right from page 1 to the very last! A hard feat to have a book consist of the same day repeating over and over again, yet she mastered it!
Before I Fall exceeded my expectations. I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. And I was not expecting it to get me as emotional as it did. My only complaint was the ending. I felt for all that build up, it ended abruptly, and in my opinion, a little unfinished. However, that does not change my overall thought about the book! I loved it, and am a little annoyed at myself for taking to long to finally read it!
Have you read Before I Fall? If so, what were your thoughts?