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.
The plot was extremely original, and one that I’ve never read about before. It reminded me of the movie Groundhog’s Day which Sam even mentions in the book. It was amazing to see how one little action can change the whole course of someone’s life. I wasn’t sure how Lauren was going to work out having Sam live the same day over and over seven times, but each day Sam did something different that changed the whole course of how the day went. There was one day where Sam went totally crazy- fighting with her friends, doing crazy things… I could understand why she would want to do this- if at the end of the day no one’s even going to remember what happened, why not go a little crazy?
I loved her little sister, Izzy. Izzy had a lisp but even though kids made fun of her she didn’t want to change how she talked. I think Izzy was part of the reason Sam wanted to change how she acted. Being mean to people was something Sam and her friends did a lot. Especially to a girl named Juliet. Juliet didn’t play that big of a role the first couple of days, but by the end Sam realizes how big a role Juliet really plays in her life. Another character that had a small role in the beginning was
In the end Before I Fall was an amazing debut novel. It was impossible to put down and is one I’m definitely going to buy in hardcover come March. The book will haunt me for a long time and I will be sure to recommend it to everyone. This will definitely have a place in my best books of 2010 list and I can’t wait for more by Lauren Oliver.
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars