Friday, March 12, 2010

Review: Before I Fall

before i fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780061726804
Audience: Age suggestion (from publisher): 14 and above
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: (from publisher)

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.

My Comments:

When I started this book, I will honestly say I didn't like the characters. The girls were self-centered, cruel, and very superficial - in character with "the in crowd". As the story progressed, and Samantha gets another chance, the story turns, and she starts to grow and change. Yes, it's not a new plot (reliving the next day over and over), but the style of writing was captivating.

When I first started the book wasn't going to give this one to my teen to read. Peer pressure and cruelty certainly don't carry a positive message, but as the story progressed, there ended up being a wonderful lesson and moral to the story. Samantha learned exactly what was important in life, and passes this message on.

I was sure of the ending, but was pleasantly surprised with the twist. Yes, this one will definitely be something my daughter will get, and I'm sure she is going to enjoy it.

As for the age rating, the publisher rates it for 14 and up. There's much talk about sex, drugs and alcohol usage, smoking, and language. Yes, I know they are all typical of teen life, but be advised.

I received this book through the Barnes & Noble First Look Program. This has not influence my review in any way.


  1. Great review, Good idea on the advisory

  2. Great review! I have this one to read.

  3. Glad to see that you wound up liking the characters, as I really enjoyed this book! I agree that Sam and her friends weren't very nice to begin with, but I loved how she grew up during those seven days. Think this is one of the best books I've read this year!

  4. Thanks for hopping over during the Book Blogger Hop!

    I can't wait to read Before I Fall. I'm glad you liked it!