Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Right away I kind of disliked this book because the characters were popular girls. They’re mean, they get away with everything at school, and they’re the complete opposite of who I was when I was in high school.

This book is supposed to be about Sam’s redemption. After she dies, she repeats her last day over and over Groundhog Day style until she makes things right – kind of. I didn’t think she changed enough as a character. She makes minor amends, but I don’t think she really makes things better on her last reliving of the day.

The relationships in this book are very shallow. Even the love interest didn’t really hold my attention.

I did like the writing style and the premise of the story. I will likely check out some of Lauren Oliver’s other books.

And the audio book was read by Sarah Drew, who plays April Kepner on Grey’s Anatomy, so that was kind of fun.

Rating: 3 Stars

This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.

Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
Young Adult Fiction
March 2, 2010

What if you had only 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: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.Instead, it turns out to be her last.Then she gets a second chance.Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day 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.

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