Apr 252012

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Source: Personal collection
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

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.

I found myself both loving and hating this book. I hated the first half but loved the second half. The first half showcased Sam’s life as a popular mean girl. Her life revolved around sex, drugs and alcohol, and was just annoying to read.

The second half was beautiful. As Sam realizedwhat her choices and chances were, and how they affected others, the story became much more enticing. The more she repeated her day, the better a person she became. It was enlightening and heart-warming to watch this transformation.

I also loved the scenes with Kent. They were so romantic and sweet.

Overall, if I read just the second half of the book, I’d love it much more. But you can’t get there without reading the first half. In a way, the first makes the second even more amazing than it was by sheer comparison.

Challenges read for:

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

2012 Ebook Challenge

  6 Responses to “Before I Fall”

  1. I read this a couple months ago and felt the same way! I've only read raves about it, so when I finally got a chance to read it, I kept thinking I was missing something. So glad to see I wasn't alone!

  2. I actually loved this one, it even made me cry lol
    Hey, if you haven't yet read Between I think you'd like it, another one to tug at the heart strings 🙂

  3. I've had this book for a while and I admit, I'm afraid to start it because I heard the main character is so annoying. Even Lauren Oliver said she started writing it 'cause she found the main character so annoying she had to get her out of her head. I've heard that it is amazing though so it's good to know that the second half is much better. Maybe I'm more willing to start it now!

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