Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Fiction - Young Adult
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from goodreads.com):
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—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.
They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me.
Why this book?
- Read lots of good reviews. So Many Books, So Little Time's review persuaded me to put it on my TBR list. While YA is not my favorite genre, I like reading them every so often if I want a fast, light read. And this book seems to be one of the Top 10 of many bloggers' favorite reads in 2010.
- I actually borrowed this book before, started reading a few pages, then returned to the library because I couldn't get into it. I didn't mark it as Did Not Finish then because I felt like I just wasn't in the mood for it, but may give it a try later. Usually if I make it as DNF, I probably won't give it a second chance. But when I saw there were still so many positive reviews, I decided to pick it up again
- I can see why others like it, but it's just okay for me
- Before I read the book - looks fine, indifferent. After I read the book - can understand better why the cover was chosen, but I think it'd make more sense if it was set at night with snow, as opposed to sunlight and grass
- Not bad. Guess described the story without giving too much away. The title itself doesn't intrigue me though
- Pretty easy to read, like most YA. Straight forward. I don't know many teenagers though so I can't tell you if that's how teens speak these days
- Many said it's like Groundhog Day (the movie) - I have never watched it so can't comment on that. Interesting concept, but got a bit repetitive after a while, especially since it is 470 pages long... Also a bit predictable for me, even when some past events were revealed
- Can't really say I can relate to any of the characters - I was not one of the popular girls and really had no desire to hang around girls like the main protagonist and her friends in the book, even if everyone else wanted to be them
- None of the characters really stood out to me - they aren't prefect and have their faults which I guess make them realistic. Just that nobody made me go "wow, I wish I have a friend like that!" or "I wish I am like that!" If I really have to choose, probably Kent, Sam's childhood friend who she ditched as she became popular.
- Predictable for me. But I guess at least it DOES have an ending, as I feared it would continue on and on and on...
- Didn't get too emotional... probably because I really didn't care too much about any of the characters
- I think I would enjoy this book more had I read it as a teenager. While this book does have a message, it didn't really tell me more than what I already know
- Depends on the topic
Overall Rating: 3 Stars - It's Okay... Didn't Waste My Time (Too Much)
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