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Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver

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After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

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I was watching the movie trailer for the new Fifty Shades movie and I saw a trailer for Before I fall, I recognized the title and I knew there was a book by Lauren Oliver.

This book was such a amazing surprise. I honestly didn’t think that it would be so good and I was amazed that it was. It was so heart breathtakingly beautiful, it was so thought provoking and powerful. I’ve never read a book like this, where the same day plays over and over again, and its different every time. I’ve seen a ton of movies like this but never really read a book like it, It was different, good different. I really enjoyed it. Even though it had elements of supernatural (being brought back to life and all) but this book is so realistic especially how high school is. The book describes the whole high school atmosphere and being a teenager perfectly.

I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did, but I’m sure glad it did. So amazing. Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer, and has managed to make Sam’s story come alive in a way that made me unable to put the book down.

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  AnaCarter | Mar 13, 2023 |
Oh god, what did you do to me?
I'm weeping my heart out, feeling choked up and sad and miserable.
And OMG all those people she's leaving behind!... It's so sad, so sad.

I swallowed the book whole. I gulped it down without choking, feeling I wanted more. I'd really like to read, say, about Kent and how he moves on after this. I bet seeing the world through his eyes would be amazing. But we can't always get what we want.

  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
(3.75 stars)
Sam is a catty mean girl who finds her life suddenly cut short in a car crash one night after a party. Instead of dying she wakes up on the same day seven times before she moves on to the next day or from this life entirely. She had seven chances to relive that day and possibly save herself.
Throughout the book, Sam grows as a person. In the beginning, she is a catty popular girl but by the end, she begins to care more about people and treat others better. This book is thoughtful and deep and made me think about my own life and the choices I have made. The first time I read this book I burst into tears at the end and the during my recent reread I teared up a bit. If you're looking for a book about a catty girl, who changes for the better, then this book could be for you. If you're looking for a deep and thoughtful book then this book could also be for you. The reason I rated it 3.75 stars and not higher is because I did have some issues with the plot. For example the romance plot at the end. Argh! It irked me so much argh! ( )
  musicalbookdragon | May 23, 2022 |
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. ( )
  Gmomaj | May 8, 2022 |
This book was so beautifully written and really makes the reader think about so many different aspects of their own life and prioritize the important things.

Even though I already knew what was going to happen based on the very first few pages of the book, I was still holding onto the hope that the most horrible thing wasn't going to happen and that Sam would be given the second chance that she was continuing to be given throughout the entire book. I was hoping one of those chances would actually stick and that she would actually wake up the next day and have everything that she was actually able to figure out that she wanted out of life. There was a lot of wisdom going on in this book that one would not especially expect of a high schooler like Sam, but after being given several chances at the same day over and over, it was obvious that she was able to "figure it all out".

I thought this book was written so well and had just the right amount of description, inner dialogue, intra-dialogue, and connection to characters. There were definitely things you didn't like and did like with just about all the characters you spent more time with and it was really easy to identify with just about any characters. I grew up attending smaller schools (K-12), but we still had those that you considered "popular" and it was easy to see why some didn't like them, but yet how those in that group were all so close, because you had friends like that who really knew you for you.

I would highly recommend this book to any girl and maybe even some guys who would appreciate the wonderful message of this book. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
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Although somewhat predictable, the plot drives forward and teens will want to see where Sam's choices lead.
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They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me.
"Beep beep", Lindsay calls out. A few weeks ago my mom yelled at her for blasting her horn at six fifty-five every morning, and this is Lindsay's solution.
''Here's one of the things I learned that morning: if you cross a line and nothing happens, the line loses meaning.''
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After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

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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.
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It's like Groundhog Day

for young women- in book form

with a sad ending.


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