Friday, December 26, 2014

Review: "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver

12:18 PM

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.  

                                                                  (taken from goodreads)


The premise of this book is pretty simple. The main character dies, and then she wakes up on that same day. And she has to relive it over and over again. To me that sounded very compelling; which is why I picked it up. When I first started reading it, though, there was actually a point where I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it . This is due to the fact that book does start off a bit slow. For me it started to pick up at about a 100 and something pages. Now, DON'T let that keep you from picking up this book. Believe me, after you get past that slow-ish bit, you won't be able to put this book down. 

Early into the book the main character dies.Then she wakes up, on that same "Cupid Day" in which she died. During the first few repeats of the day she is confused and everything goes pretty much the same as before. But then she realizes that there is something that she has to do. Something she must change. At first she thinks it's her death. She thinks that she must avoid that accident in order for her to escape what's happening to her- in order to get out of that loop. When she acknowledges that that's pretty much futile she realizes what she truly has to do. And thus the roller coaster of emotions ensues.

Something that seemed really unique about this book (aside from the premise) is the fact that it allowed to feel every emotion that Sam, the main character, was feeling. Whenever she got frustrated, furious, sad, reminiscent- you name it! The writing of this book was exceptional. It got me so invested in the book that one second I was on page 200 and before I knew I was on page 400 and it was 3:00 am. 

I must warn you that that this book can be a little bit crude at times. But to be honest with you, I think that's what makes it so special. It doesn't really sugar coat anything and it really makes you think about so many things. It will definitely change the way you perceive life and also death. It will make you want to be a better person. 

Most importantly, it will help you realize how fragile and precious life really is.


5/ 5

(Do yourself a favor and pick this book up right now)

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