Thursday, March 18, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Book Review #25
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Rating: Five stars (refer to the rating system on the right)

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

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 feel amazed, beaten down, and not fully recovered after spending my Tuesday evening reliving the last seven days of Samantha Kingston life. I almost don't know what to say. Before I Fall is truly unique and unlike any other book I've ever read. Without a doubt, it has made my list of all time favorite books. I've read amazing reviews about Before Before I Fall, but I still felt uneasy-I mean how could a book tell the story about the same day over and over again and not get boring? Well I sure was wrong, everyday was better than the last; the same, yet so different at the same time. Before I Fall went through so many twists and untwists, but more importantly it taught you the most important lesson of all: to not take things for granted and to try to fix your life, before it's too late.

Samantha Kingston is a popular, "has it all", high school senior. She wakes up on February 12th, with her biggest worries being about how many roses she will get and her big night with her boyfriend Rob. As the day goes on, things don't turn out exactly how she planned. To top it off Sam and her friends get into a terrible accident. When Sam wakes up the next day, she can't believe she's in her own bed. She is amazed to discover that the date is yet again February 12th. As she relives the same day over and over, she starts questioning the kind of person she is and eventually realizes it is not too late to change.

Ok at first, I can't think of many people that actually liked Samantha. She was a shallow, self-centered, and not very nice, BUT, I guarantee by the middle of the book you will honestly love Sam. Her transformation really is amazing and it's not done in a forced predictable way either. Instead of focusing only on her self, she tries to help others and save their lives. She is given second chances over and over again, something not many people have.

As for the other characters- I loved each and every one of them. Although Sam's friends were popular and rich, they had their faults. They were just like some of our friends. I loved loved their relationship between the four best friends. Yeah they fought, but they were always there for each other, and they honestly had so much fun together that it reminded me about my own friendships. Don't forget about the romance either. I didn't like Rob her boyfriend at all, but Kent on the other hand was one of my favorite characters. He was an adorable dork that was mostly a mess, but he has always had a crush on Samantha- for the real Samantha. I even loved Izzy (Samantha's little sister), she was the cutest thing ever! I have many younger nieces and nephews myself and the idea of ever losing them really hit me hard.

Not only did Before I Fall have an amazing plot with romance, humor, and inspiration, but the writing was simply amazing. I mean could you imagine reading a 500 page book and wanting more. I literally could have read another couple hundred of pages of this book. The memories and back-stories, along with the sarcastic relatable dialogue really blew me away. I was so into the characters I almost wanted to jump in to the book and at points yell at Samantha for doing something utterly crazy.

Just thinking about reading Before I Fall makes me smile and feel all fuzzy inside. All the crying and hard-thinking was done all from this one book. I learned so much-I had no idea the smallest things could affect someone's whole life for years. I honestly could just go on for days about how great this books is. I still find myself thinking about it two days later, and I'm sure for much longer. If you haven't picked this one up yet, what are you waiting for?


Amelia said...

Wow! Honestly, I was going to "skip" this one, but after your incredibly insightful review, I may just have to read it after all!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Great review - I loved it's one of those books you read and it changes you, you cant even 100% put your finger on why, but it cant walk away feeling the same you did before, or being the same you were before.

Juju at Tales of said...

Whoa. Awesome review. Thank you. I love books that bring me to tears and make me think.

Emidy said...

This was such a great review! I think I finally understand why everyone is loving this book. I've said this a million times by now, but I have to get this book! Seriously.

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Aths said...

Great review!! I have this on my wishlist and hope to read it soon. Over the past one week, I've read so many good reviews of this book that I know I'm missing out on something!

Maria the Bookworm said...

This is such an amazing review! :)

Christina T said...

Fantastic review, Sara! I can't wait to read this. I have a feeling it will be one of my top reads of 2010.

By the way, you have an award on my blog.

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Thanks for this amazing review, I really enjoyed reading it and remembering how the book affected me, which it did as this was one heck of a debut! I'd also strongly recommend it to pretty much EVERYONE!

Jessica said...

Yay! I'm glad you loved it just as much as I did. This book was amazing.

Stephanie said...

Wow! I have seen dozens of glowing reviews of this book, but I think your review grabbed me the most. It sounds like this might've been a life-changing book for you. Now I am going to have to read it. ;-)

Book Monster said...

Beautifully detailed review :) I so want to read this, heard so many good things about it.

Lina said...

Lol! I know what you mean when you wish you could just jump into the book and shout at the characters! Great review by the way.

Tahereh said...

wow. what a powerful review. it's in my TBR pile, and for some reason i keep hesitating to read it. i think i'm afraid it won't live up to all the hype and i don't want to be disappointed. but your review really makes me want to dive in!

thanks so much for sharing! this was a great post, and so helpful!!


Leah said...

Your review is fairly similar to mine, I too did not like Sam at first and it was only halfway through (ish) when I began to really love her! Thanks for such a fantastic review.

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

Here from the Saturday Network.

Haha, usually I try not to get too hyped when I see a lot of reviews praising the same new book, but what people are saying about Before I Fall is making me curious. And I'm intrigued by the idea that she's attempting to change other people's lives, as oppose to trying to thwart her own fate. Fascinating. (Also, awesome review :D)

Liddy said...

What a fantastic review! I have nearly finished with this one and I have to say, it really has changed the way that I look at things.
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