Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall

On "Cupid Day", Sam Kingston's day is pretty typical.  She hangs out with her popular clique of friends, skips class to get frozen yogurt, and goes to a party.... but then she dies in a horrific accident and suddenly nothing about this day is normal anymore.

Now, Sam is forced to live "Cupid Day" over and over again until she figures out... well there has to be a reason this is happening, right???

Lauren Oliver = new favorite author!!  I can't believe I waited so long to read such a "ME" book.  What was I thinking??

 As soon as I read the first page I was hooked.  It's everything I love in YA.  The high school social dynamics, the finding out who you are stuff, the beginning of it all.  It was like a high school version of Bill Murray's "Groundhog Day" (Fun Fact: I live really close to Punxsutawney, PA), and I loved it.

This is one of those books that I couldn't stop thinking about... and still kinda can't.  I kept wondering how Sam was going to get herself out of this "loop" that she was in and I was worried about her.  I know she doesn't exist IRL, but she felt insanely real to me!  Okay, and I was also mildly concerned about whether or not she was going to realize Kent's awesomeness.

What I loved:  I LOVED that Lauren Oliver created a realistic world where people's behaviors have consequences, but they aren't over-exaggerated consequences.  I don't know how to explain it, but basically lessons are learned without it being overly and annoyingly lesson-y.  If that makes sense.

I liked how Sam realized that being a "mean girl" wasn't something to be proud of, but at the same time, she still loved her friends.  She didn't turn away from their flaws (okay, well there was that ONE day), she wanted to understand why they were the way they were, and she still wanted it to be okay for her to love them.  And she did love them even though they weren't going through the same realizations as she was.

I also have to say KENT!!  I really really loved Kent.  This whole book could have been about him and I would've been happy.

What I didn't love: There are 7 days of Sam trying to figure stuff out.  I would be lying if I didn't say that there was a point where it was dragging a bit (I mean it is 490 pages!!!).  Especially because one day was epic-ly perfect and I wanted it to just end right there.  But once I pushed through that part, I got right back on track.

The other thing I didn't love was: The Ending.  Why Lauren Oliver, why?  I cried because I was sad and also because I SO wanted everything to turn out differently.

OVERALL: Read this book!!!  It's the perfect YA book.  Perfect!  It has mean girls, and popularity, the cute geeky crush-worthy guy, family, and just LIFE.  I can't recommend this enough.

How I got this book: It was a gift
Date Published: 3/2/2010
Publisher: HarperCollins

Add it to your To-Read List!!!

This Book Contains:
  • Mean girls
  • Soul searching
  • Family
  • Friendship
  • Sex
  • New Jersey
  • TCBY
  • Drinking/A high school party
  • Valentine's Day

My Rating: 5/5

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  1. i have hear so many wonderful things about this book and have yet to raed it. great review. i need to pick it up.

  2. This is my favorite YA book, ever. It really gave me a new perspective on life. There's so much going on around you every day and you probably don't even notice half of it. It made me try to take the time to appreciate things and people, pay attention to others and their problems and to be less self centered. Great review.

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    PS - I live in PA, too, so I understand the groundhog fascination.

    1. Yay for PA!! I love books that make you see the overall bigger picture. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock did that to me. It made me think how many times I passed people on the street, on the bus, at the grocery store, whatever, who are just hurting and needing that ONE person to reach out and let them know there is still good in this world, and I am too oblivious to notice. That was kind of deep, didn't mean to go all dark on you! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I looove Before I fall, one of my favorite books of all time :) Great review :)

  4. Glad you liked this! I just read Vanishing girls and I didn't love it because it felt SO slow, but by the end I was really interested in it. This definitely makes me want to try this one and her other books now though.

    1. I really really want to read Vanishing Girls!! There's just SO many books this year!!

  5. Oh yay I'm so glad you loved it! I had a bit of hard time with some of the mean girls-aspect but the concept was just lovely and Lauren Oliver really is such a great writer! :) I always love to see someone's enthusiasm for a book they loved!

  6. Loved this book! It was the first contemporary YA I've read! All the feels!!