Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver | Review

Before I Fall Book Cover Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
Contemporary, Young Adult
HarperCollins
October 25th 2010
Paperback
470

 

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

This novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

 

This is a spoiler free review, apart from a little section that you’ll find is hard to miss. Enjoy reading Before I Fall after this, if you haven’t already.

I saw the trailer for the movie before I even heard about the book, which I thought was pretty neat. You can fight me on this but the one good thing out of vampire academy, the movie was Zoey Deutch. So I’m not surprised when I see her everywhere, these days. She is beautiful and has huge potential as an actress.

Therefore, in anticipation of the movie, I decided to read the book. It’s February and since this story follows a girl who is on a 12th February loop, I figured it would be a good Valentines week read. Boy, was I wrong!

Before I Fall follows the protagonist and her friends who were basically the ‘Mean girls’ of their school. They are rude to everyone for no reason, they push people around to get what they want and they don’t care who gets hurt as long as they’re having the time of their lives.

February 12th is cupid’s day and it’s Samantha Kingston favorite day of the year. It is also the day she dies.

While driving home from a party, the girls’ get into a car crash which results in what Sam describes as, her death. But she wakes up the next morning only to find out that she’s now stuck in a loop to live the same day over and over again.

She soon finds out that little things that she does have the power of changing the entire outcome of the day. Except one. She can’t break out.

Before I fall

Over the course of 7 days, Sam tries to do things differently and hope that it would finally break her out of the loop. While she’s on this mission, she also gets time to reflect upon her actions and realize how heartless and inconsiderate she and her friends had been.

She takes this as an opportunity to mend her relationships and to treat people better before a finale that serves as a big middle finger to the reader.

No matter if you like the ending or not, you’re going to take away an important lesson from this book.

Spoiler

Watch the trailer for the movie coming out on March 3 2017, below:

PS: I just saw that Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton has a free ebook sampler on the Amazon.in Kindle app. It won the award for best debut Goodreads author/novel so I’ll definitely recommend that you add it to your shelves. I checked it out and saw that 6 chapters are available to read for free. It’ll help you make up your mind about buying it.

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  • Mrinalini Singh

    Can’t wait for it. Thanks yet again, friend. 😊

  • Anshul Shokeen

    Movie trailer 😍.