Thursday, April 21, 2011

before i fall by Lauren Oliver


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: 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. "

Review:
Though I was a bit skeptical about the book's concept (hello, Groundhog Day!), I found myself falling into an easy pace--anticipating each day. I did occasionally have to double-check to see which version of Samantha's last day I was on. Each day was thought-provoking and revealed to Sam how her life could have been, should have been...but ultimately, it was the horrible truths that were the most eye opening.

Favorite Quotes:
"But before you start pointing fingers, let me ask you: is what I did really so bad? So bad I deserved to die? So bad I deserved to die like that? Is what I did really so much worse than what anybody else does? Is it really so much worse than what you do? Think about it." - pg. 50

"It's weird how much you can know about someone without knowing everything. You'd think someday you'd come to the end of it." - pg. 58

Reading Rating:
A fast
-paced read despite it's heavy subject matter. I held out hope until the end that Samantha would find a way to change her fate--to set things right. A book every teen girl who has been bullied or is a bully should read. This would make a great book selection for a book club, and would pair nicely with Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why.

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