Thursday, July 28, 2011

Alice's Review on Before I Fall

Before I Fall
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Extras: Trailer
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 live.

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.
This review was updated on May 12, 2012.
This cover didn’t actually grab my attention. I was mostly interested in the author.
When my grandmother was still alive we would visit her, and even though I was no more than six, I remember thinking: I hope I die young.

There's a definition of irony for you, Mrs. Harbor.
Or maybe foreshadowing?
Read Delirium from Lauren Oliver, and love her writing style. I wanted to give this book a try since it was her debut novel.

If you had to choose one day in your life to relive, which day would you choose? Would you change anything?

Samantha is getting that chance but first she must understand how her life choices influenced other people’s lives. The story starts off explaining Samantha’s day before it ends with her death. Samantha has a pretty normal life. Family, friends, school, and her boyfriend keep her life happy and full. There are some obstacles but she gets through them. Unfortunately she and some of her friends’ choices have affected others, and their lives.

Samantha doesn’t understand how much her decisions affected others, until she repeatedly lives the same day over and over again.

I thought this would be boring since the day and its events would be repeating themselves over and over again. But as you read through the story, you see how much one decision can lead to a different day, and different events. She learns things about the people around her. As she learns, you also learn. It’s like an eye opener.

Like Emilia and I used to smile and wave to random people while driving, watching the people just laugh and stare at us. Sometimes, they would even wave back. That one little thing we did could have change someone’s day. Just think of how many of them went home and told someone that they saw some strange people on the highway, waving at them.

I truly adored this book and devoured it in a couple of hours. Not only was it inspirational, it was funny and brought back memories from my days in high school. I highly recommend this book.
Lauren Oliver recently uncovered the sequel to Delirium, which is titled Pandemonium, coming out in 2012.

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