Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: March 2, 2010

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

Type: Stand-Alone

Purchase: Amazon

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 12th, 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.

Just recently I started getting really into contemporary realistic fiction, and books like these are essentially the reason why I do not regret it. AT ALL.  Hearing many positive comments about Before I Fall, I decided to give this one a try, and believe me, this is one book you’ll definitely want to read before you die.

The premise of this novel is brilliant, which made the plot such a compelling story to read. The main character, Samantha “Sam” Kingston, is your typical high school popular girl. Her and her friends are basically the “plastics” in their school. The girls you hated, but secretly wanted to be. And I did hate her for the most part, to be honest. I felt that Sam couldn’t stand up for herself when it came to her friends, but dealing with other people, she would put her best “bitchy” face on. She was two-faced. Total fake.

However, as the novel progressed, I found myself rooting for Sam, because really, no one deserves to die that young. Even if she wasn’t the nicest person, she was still a girl trying to figure out who she really was. Even I was trying to figure out who she was. As she relives that fateful day seven times over again, you get glimpses of who she used to be as a child, who she was, and who she ultimately becomes in the end. (And let me tell you, the ending was VERY unexpected!)

Oliver’s writing is absolutely amazing in this debut novel, as well as the dialogue of her characters. I felt that I was actually in Sam’s head, feeling her thoughts, seeing what she saw, which made it extremely difficult to put down.

Before I Fall really touches upon life: the harshness, the fragility, the beauty of it all. How every single person and every single action in this world is connected in some way, somehow.  Heartbreakingly brilliant and highly recommended for anyone who just loves a great read.

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Bookaholic Verdict: not enough tissues in the world to describe how emotional this is…

Quotaholic: “I suppose that’s the secret, if you’re ever wishing for things to go back to the way they were. You just have to look up.

Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
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