Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 470 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (March 2nd 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061726818
ISBN-13: 9780061726811
Source: Purchased from BookDepository

First Sentence: “They say that before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.”
Favorite Line from the Book: “Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

Book Summary: 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.

It has been hours since I finished reading the book, and yet I still don’t know how to review it.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love the book… too much that is!  That’s the reason why I cannot put into words the things that I feel.  Maybe I better start with the plot.

Samantha Kingston is your typical popular high school gal.  She has her three best friends, a very popular and handsome jock boyfriend, and a very adorable little sister.  Perfect life, right?  Well, she thought so too, until an after-party accident made everything changed.  She instantly felt that she was dying… and she did.  What was surprising was that she woke up from the alarm of her clock, but it’s not the next day.  It’s still February 12th, Cupid’s Day, the day that she’s been anticipating to be doing “the deed” with her boyfriend.  And guess what?  The day kept on repeating itself, not once, not twice… but SEVEN times!

Eventually, Samantha was able to realize that she needed to do some things right.  She needed to re-evaluate herself and how she treated other people.  She felt certain that by doing all these things, everything would fall on their rightful places and everything would be fine.

I am not going to delve in too much into the story as I might give out too much.  Anyhow, the prologue captivated my interest, I mean it was so intriguing.  The first few chapters irritated me.  I mean, I actually felt the meanness of these girls!  And I was beginning to be pissed with Samantha for not doing anything to stop her friends from harassing those poor students who couldn’t even defend themselves.  Then, the next chapters just simply captured not only my attention, but my emotions as well.  This book has been a roller coaster ride for me.  I loved the different twists and turns.  I salute Lauren Oliver for writing such a wonderful novel.

All in all, all I can say is WOW!  Definitely, this book is something that everyone should read and never miss out on!

Here’s the book trailer:

 

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About Yas

I am a mom to a 2 year old boy and have an 8x5 job. I have been reading since pre-puberty stage. I remember one time when I was 7 or so, my mom gave me books for Christmas and I felt that I was the happiest kid ever! Then later on, it finally hit me. I am indeed what my friends call, a bookworm. Anyhow... so why did I start blogging about books? Well books are clearly my passion... AND I terribly miss writing and blogging... thus here it is! Why Book Comfort you might ask? Simply because I find comfort in books. View all posts by Yas

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