- “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver
- Young Adult Contemporary
- Read as an ebook
- 3/5 stars
- Finished February 5, 2013
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 am not sure how I felt about this book. I am making my way through the books on NPR’s best YA novels and I am not sure how much this stands out. It will stick with me probably but it seemed pretty cliche.
Popular girl realized she isn’t like the rest and has to do things differently to be a better person etc. The death twist was interesting but I was REALLY disappointed that in the end we weren’t told which of those days was the one people remembered. It also felt like Sam did a lot of things because she had to to escape the purgatory state. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I will still keep it as an option for my students to read though.
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