Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Goodreads 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.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: Samantha Kingston is living the high school dream. She's popular, has a boyfriend others would due to date and gets heaps of roses on Cupid day. But one fateful night, it all goes wrong. Sam wakes up one day ago, and wonders why. In this haunting tale of life after death Sammy must try and make things right in her last week of life.
Before I Fall is quite similar to We Were Liars, but I like the characters more. Sam has more layers than most would expect from a typical popular girl and it's really enlightening to see her transform in this last week, back to her younger self/personality. The ending is cliffhanger like, but hints throughout the book give you a fair guess at what happens next.
I just want to discuss two characters: Kent McFuller and Juliet Sykes. Both are social outcasts, but much nicer than the popular crew. A huge chunk of Juliet's past is revealed and Sam's attempts to help her have varying degrees of success, though this effort builds the story so much more. Many minor details recur through the days which makes Before I Fall consistent, and the reader watching for differences.
Samantha reminds me of myself. Alas, I have made many of her mistakes, and probably will make more in the future. Maybe this is reader bias here but I think out of the four girls, Lauren Oliver chose the right narrator because the other girls are interesting too but Sam has more to her than them since she hasn't always been popular. Before I Fall is an alluring, enticing and beautiful teen fiction novel.
Purchase Location: ~I received a copy from Hachette NZ and willingly reviewed it~
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Recommended for: Fans of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.