Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Characters: 18/20
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 87/100 or B
Source: Author
Samantha Kingston has a charmed life. She has an amazing boyfriend, looks, and tons of popularity. February 12th should be a normal day in her life. Except it is kind of her last day of her life. Then something happens after dying, she wakes up again. But it isn't a Saturday, it is the same day and she wakes up again for the next seven days. Then she finally realizes that she needs to change what she did on that day, because such a slight change can make all the difference to what happens.
Samantha is not the nicest character. At the beginning, she is a vain and very selfish person. As the novel progressed, she began to understand how important such little action can have on others and began to change her ways. Her friends were horrible, I couldn't belivee what they did. Oliver gives insight to high school and the cruelty that surrounds everyone, even the popular girls. The plot was unlike any book that I have ever read. The best way for me to explain this book is that it is a mix between Mean Girls and Groundhog Day. It was a very interesting and unique plot. Oliver is a fantastic writer, she created such a haunting and beautiful novel. I can't wait for more books from her on the future. This book also showed how fragile life is and how you need to be the best person that you can possibly be. Seriously, you should check this book out.


  1. I am really excited to read this one, great review.

  2. Loved this one too--Mean Girls meets Groundhog Day is a perfect Hollywood sell line!

  3. i read about this book in a mag and i thought "i have to read this!!" so im SO exited to read this book adn i cannot wait :D

  4. Just saying, if you liked this book, "If I Stay" by Gale Forman will be one of your favorites.

  5. love the book so far, im doing a project on it for school. a bit adult vocab, but oh well. I need to find an accurate illustration that shows sam and her friends, where do you think i can get one?

  6. i read the book its interesting but im online to try to make sense of the ending

  7. One of the best books I have ever read! I read the back of the cover and I was hooked!!

  8. (Um...warning:Spoiler Alert...I think)
    When I first read the beginning of this book, I was shocked. How could she create such mean characters? As the book went on, and Sam kept reliving the days, I realized what Lauren was trying to do-she was showing what Sam was like inside, and how she had to make things right. I was still a little confused, though. Did Sam die at the ending of the book? Nonetheless, I thought it was a great read :)

  9. Why did Sam save Juliet?? I don't get it..


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