Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver | Book Review

Before I Fall | Book Review *Spoilers Included*

WARNING: This post is full of spoilers. If you haven’t read Before I Fall, head here to read a spoiler free review.

Before I Fall tells the story of Samantha, a popular girl, who on the biggest day of the school year, dies in a car accident. But she still wakes up the next morning, back at the start of the day before.

I’m not afraid to say that I thought Samantha was quite the spoiled bitch at the start of the book, so I was glad that she developed quickly, but it was almost too much, to the point where the fact that someone who is so catty can only be changed that much through death seems a little shallow. Nothing too big, other than her death, really caused her to change so dramatically so quickly.

Samantha’s friends were really quite annoying, but her boyfriend was due a switch punch to the face. He was such a dick. It was kind of that stereotypical, bitchy girl so scared of becoming unpopular, dates the dumb guy who doesn’t treat her very well and learns to grow up. The actual love story of this book with her childhood bestie was very cute and a lot more relatable to what any teenage girl would actually want. I love the relationship that develops with her family when she gives them a chance to love her for a day. It’s really cute and I thought it gave a little bit of a break from the rest of the story.

I liked the ending, but clearly it was coming. Of course she would get out of the loop once she sacrificed herself.The only thought in my mind was that it could end up being a science based twist, or that she’d wake up from a coma and have everyone looking over her. I would’ve liked her to be dreaming so that she could lead a better life from here on out after a brush with death.

I found it interesting how they covered suicide in this book. It really showed though, that you can’t fix years of being absolutely horrible to someone to the point where they are planning their suicide with one day of niceties.

Overall, I thought it was interesting, and wI’d recommend reading Lauren Oliver’s books even if you thought this was okay. Replica is really thought provoking in particular.

What are your thoughts on the book? Feel free to put all of your spoiler-filled comments in this post.

Thanks to Hachette for my review copy of Before I Fall

Emma

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