April 19, 2012

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha Kingston is the high school girl that everyone loves to hate. She's pretty, she's popular and she has a good-looking boyfriend. Her life seems perfect but on a seemingly normal day all that comes to an end. Friday February 12th Samantha's life ends but immediately after the accident that takes her life, Sam wakes up and it's Friday February 12th again.

Sam doesn't understand what's happening as she re-lives that fateful day but she tries to change what happened. Once again she dies and wakes up reliving the day all over again. Each time it happens she realizes what other changes she needs to make and she relives that day five more times. Throughout each day she comes to the realization that she's not a good person and begins trying to make amends hoping to change the deadly outcome.

I absolutely hate it when authors fill YA books with sex, drugs and drinking. Sam and her friends act way to adult for my tastes. That being said I do have to say that the story line is amazing. I love that Sam got to re-live each day trying to change the things all while learning just how her actions made people feel. I can't share too much more about my likes and dislikes about the book because that will reveal spoilers but even though I gave this one just two stars I do recommend it for anyone who loves YA. It was a great read I just can't give it a higher rating because of the actions of Sam and her friends throughout the book. If the characters were college students I would rate the book 4 stars.


bermudaonion said...

Sorry this didn't work for you. I don't like a lot of sex and drugs in books for kids either.

Peter S. said...

Hi, Monie! I completely agree with you on this one. Not a big fan of books with young characters who seem too grown up in their actions.

The book's quite popular here in Manila though. So popular that the author recently visited last month, and there were long lines during the book signing!

brandileigh2003 said...

Understand where you're coming from, but I did enjoy this one.
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