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Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, can you believe we are almost at the end of February already? This year seems to be going by so quickly. On one hand, that means I’m closer to BEA and BookCon. On the other hand, why does life seem to be flying by faster with each passing year?

Anyway, today I am reviewing a book that actually surprised me. Initially I didn’t even have this book on my radar but the movie trailer intrigued me so I caved and picked up a copy…and I was not at all disappointed. Also, the movie comes out next week, so I don’t have to wait long to see it, because if the trailers are any indication this should be a pretty good adaptation. I’m pretty excited about it.

Enough of that. Let’s just jump into it.



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: 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.

My Thoughts

First, yes, I got the movie tie-in edition, because I liked the cover better than the original. This edition also came with some movie behind the scenes bonuses in the back, which was pretty cool.

As I started this book, I thought that Sam’s voice was very conversational and easy to follow, which made this nearly 500 page book seem shorter. Sam is pretty and popular…and if I’m being honest she’s a bit of a mean girl at times. Seriously, she sometimes annoyed me with how she spoke to or about others, especially when she thought back to her own past when she wasn’t popular and had been taunted by others.

I persisted through the story, and I was glad to see that with each repeated day, Sam developed into a character I really cared about. Whenever she did something different and it changed how the day progressed, she saw that her actions can also have ripple effects through the lives of others.

Days five, six, and seven were my favorite, even though day seven was an emotional ringer.

On day five, Sam skips school and just spends the day with her little sister, and it was such a cute day. I really wish that Izzy could remember that day happening. Then on day six, I feel like Sam really started to get her life on track, especially in the boyfriend area. It was just pretty great.

Finally, I’m not going to spoil anything, but day seven was about as perfect a day as a person could hope for in the end. Sam has completely changed and I absolutely loved that. She was nice and good. She helped out others and she made the day count for something, mean something. In the end she took everything she had seen, experienced, and learned in the past repeat days and did whatever she could to be a positive force.

In the end I found myself torn between a 4.5 star and 5 star rating, so I ended up giving this book 5 stars. It was definitely a story to make you think about how you treat people and making each day count. I am so glad I read this.

Where to Buy

You can pick up Before I Fall at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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