Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 470 Pages
Release Date: October 25, 2010
Rating: ★★★★ ½
“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”
Goodreads Synopsis: With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.
For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam 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 ever imagined.
My Review (spoiler free)
Having never read any books by Lauren Oliver, I went into this one with basically no expectations… and I was BLOWN. AWAY. To start off, the premise of this novel is just very original and interesting; living the day you die over and over? It’s just really brilliant, in my opinion. Lauren Oliver’s writing is also very pleasing and enjoyable! She has a very unique writing style, her writing is just very easy-going and I was easily pulled right into the story. Not only is she an easygoing writer, but her writing can also be suspenseful and captures many emotions, which I found impressive. Lauren Oliver is overall a very good author and I plan on reading more from her!
Next are the plot, characters, pace, etc. I found the plot to be very well planned out, nothing felt unnecessary and it always kept my attention and left me wanting to know what would happen next! Also, there are A LOT of characters in this book, but Lauren Oliver somehow works backstories for all of them into the novel by sharing small things about them throughout the plot and the fact that she fully developed SO MANY unique characters just blows my mind! There are so many layers to each character and I fell in love with a lot of them, some that I never thought I would! I also found the pace to be very good for the plot, though sometimes it became frustrating to read some of the same events multiple times (because she relives the same day). However, don’t let that throw your interest because that’s only a few scenes and just minor details. 🙂
Lastly, the ending… The ending was, not obvious, but evident. What I mean by this is that you always know in the back of your mind that it’s going to happen, but you hope for something different. It didn’t change my opinion of the book though, it was actually a pleasing ending and wrapped up the plot and character development perfectly.
Overall, this book has a unique and entertaining plot, major character development, and great writing; I highly recommend it!!! 🙂 *ALSO, THERE IS A MOVIE ADAPTATION OF THIS BOOK IN THEATERS NOW!*
Thank you so much for reading my review! I really hope you enjoyed it and if you want to chat about this, feel free to comment! You can also find me on Instagram @theradiantreader 🙂
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