Thursday, March 10, 2011
Before I Fall Review
Title: Before I Fall
Release Date:March 2, 2010
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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.
I read this book all in one setting, thanks to my boyfriend bailing on our plans for the day. Thanks, boyfriend. Even if he hadn’t bailed on our plans, I would have found it difficult to put this book down. It is entirely captivating. Lauren Oliver does a great job in her debut novel of capturing a self-centered and egocentric teenage voice but still manages to pull the reader in.
At the beginning of the novel, Sam is your typical popular high school girl (think The Plastics from Mean Girls) and I kind of hated her, and all her friends. I mean, seriously. Sam doesn’t even care that she gets a girl in trouble for cheating, or that she’s super mean to just about everyone. However, as the novel progresses so did my understanding of the characters, and I became more sympathetic.
At times the book comes off as preachy, but only slightly, addressing the reader with a very personal “you.” The novel does delve into serious territory, like suicide, sex and drinking (there was so, so much drinking in this novel, and discussions about having sex) but for the most part I thought it was handled well.
Readers who enjoyed Thirteen Reasons Why will like this book, and even those who didn’t (like me) will still find this as a worthwhile read. I would recommend this book, but it’s not one I’m dying to go out and buy. I am excited to read Oliver’s second book, Delirium, which came out in February.
Posted by Asenath at 10:23 AM