Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

Genre: YA Contemporary / Fantasy

Ages: 15 and up

Note: Lauren Oliver's other works include Delirium, Pandemonium, Requiem, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po.


What if you only had 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: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times 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:

It took me a little while to warm up to this book. I love Lauren Oliver, so I was a little surprised when this started out as the story of a typical shallow party girl. I didn't like Samantha at all for the first few chapters, but then I slowly began to warm to her. By the end, I was almost crying.

The characters in this book are so flawed it was kind of painful to read at moments. As she relives the last day of her life over and over, she learns of secrets and sorrows that are hidden behind seemingly happy smiles. She also learns that her past actions have done more damage than she ever imagined.
It was fascinating to watch Samantha try to make everyone's lives just a little bit better before she dies.

The descriptions were such that it almost felt like I was watching a movie, I could picture the scenes so clearly. Every moment just played through my head, and the emotions hit me right in the gut. This isn't my favorite of Lauren Oliver's books, and it is not for anyone looking for a light, happy read, but it is a beautiful piece of writing.

Rating System: Profanity, Sexuality and Violence 
1 (mild) through 10 (extreme).

I give it a 4.10 for swearing, mid-level name-calling and underage drinking.

I rate it a 5.10 for lots of innuendo and a scene with lots of touching that is a little disturbing.

I give it a 4.10 for suicide, attempted suicide, injuries and death.

                               Lieder Madchen

1 comment:

  1. Even fewer books have I reread, and this one is worth multiple reads. One of the best YA books ever written.