Friday, 30 March 2012

Review of Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

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Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Page Count: 480


What if you had only one last day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life and someone elses?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High - from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death - and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Favourite Quote:

“I guess that's what saying good-bye is always like--like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go.”
― Sam, Before I Fall

One Word To Describe The Book:

 My Thoughts:

This book was definitely an eye opener and even heart breaking. The book was written in a way which grabbed my heart, at the end of reading it I clearly felt enlightened and it made me appreciate my life more than I ever had before. The message of the book was powerful and it left me wondering for days and leaves you questioning your own life.

It taught me a range of things, including:
1. Everything you say and do really has an effect on others.
2. Never forget to tell your family that you love them.
3. Live everyday like it's your last.
4. The smallest act can make a massive difference/ you can make a change.
5. Make the most of what you have you never know when you'll lose all of it.
6. Count your blessings.
7. Lastly Y.O.L.O. - You Only Live Once.

The main character definitely shines, in the book you get to see all the different sides of her, on each day her different emotions are highlighted and she expresses them through her actions. By repeating the same day over and over again it really emphasizes all the small details which you would never realise on the first day and magnifies events which don't seem very important at first. Not only does it give you an understanding of the main characters life, you really get into some of the other characters stories, about how bullies are insecure and how some actions are unforgettable and curse like.

Lauren Oliver's writing had me hooked from the beginning, the concept truly fascinated me.

I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. Many teenagers could relate to the story and it also would be great for adults to read as it gives you an insight into what life can be like for some teens and what they go through.




  1. I have heard AMAZING things about this book :) So glad you got so much out of it. Lauren Oliver is amazing!

    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

  2. I loved how each day felt so different despite being the same. The details definitely matter. Great review!


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