January 2, 2014

Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Rating:  ★★★★★
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
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.

First of all, I've bought, already read and finished this book in 2012. I bought this because it had an interesting cover. But I must say, it still leaves a wonderful impression in my mind.
Moving on, we have our protagonist, who might not possess the protagonist "aura", Samantha Kingston. As the preview states, she has it all. She's the queen bee living by the blinding mist of popularity.

The story begins with Sam and her friends driving home from a party. All of a sudden, the car crashes, and we realize that Sam dies. She eventually wakes up in her room, and experiences the same day all over again. 

In reading the first few chapters, Lauren Oliver would really make you hate/dislike Sam. I mean, who would even like mean girls? She's this shallow, self-conceited, materialistic girl you'd see at most high schools. But throughout the story, you'll really see who Sam is, under all that fame and glamor. Because of that one week, she had developed into this warm, understanding, mature girl that we'd never expect from an it-girl. This is the quality that I've enjoyed most from the book. You'd think it's just a story to solve the mystery surrounding her sudden death, but it's actually a story to resolve herself. 

The characters were all supplementary to Sam's growth. In those seven repetitive days, she has strengthened and mended her bonds towards the people surrounding her. And of course, this book wouldn't be complete without having another fictional boyfriend - Kent, who also plays a huge role in the story. (You'll have to read the book! Haha)

All in all, it was a very lovely book. Lauren Oliver did an amazing job with this, and it's one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to reading the Delirium trilogy. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a YA/Contemporary novel. 


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