Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: July 2010
Format: Finished paperback
Pages: 339
RRP: £11.99
Rating: 13+

They say ‘live every day as if it’s your last’ – but you never actually think it’s going to be. At least I didn’t.

The thing is, you don’t get to know when it happens. You don’t remember to tell your family that you love them or – in my case – remember to say goodbye to them at all.

But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you’d want to change…?

I have noticed that a lot of people, upon first reading this book, think that Sam, the main character, is a complete and utter bitch, who is self-centred and doesn’t really care about anyone else, apart from what her friends and her boyfriend think of her. To be perfectly honest, I looked past her personality at the start, and I had this faint feeling she was going to change. However, like in all these ‘change’ books, the change is very subtle, and it is only at the end do you realise she has changed.

This book is absolutely superbly written, and I think it is important that every one gets a chance to read it. It focuses on Sam, and after a horrible car crash after a party, she is forced to re live that same day for a week. In these days, she realises she is here for a reason, and that is to try and uncover a mystery and try and do something right. She realises how horrible she was, and slowly but surely she turns it around and becomes a better person.

This may sound like a cliche.. or something boring, but it is truly lovely to read. The writing quality is fantastic, and all the characters are extremely well developed – there are several who you used to think you like, until something happens in a different day and you realise…. they are not as nice as they seem, and the same goes for the opposite.

Like Newton’s law, each and every action has an equal but opposite reaction. Sam comes to find this out every day when she finds that her actions cause a different trail of events, something good, something bad, but always teaching her something.

The ending may seem obvious at first, but it isn’t when you actually arrive there.  Overall, I really really enjoyed reading this, and learning from it. Everything you do has a reaction, good or bad.

If you don’t ever read this book, you are missing out.

Plot: 10/10
The fact that the day repeats over and over means you and Sam know things everyone else doesn’t, and it is so refreshingly interesting!
Writing Quality: 9/10
Absolutely fantastic writing quality!
Originality: 8/10
I have to say that reliving your day seems to me not too original, but it has never been done with a contemporary setting with a teenager.
Characters: 9/10
The characters were all very well developed, and it was realistic how you changed your minds about them if different things happened in each day.
Descriptions: 9/10
I felt there were a lot of descriptions, but I think the writing quality helped in that I could easily imagine what was happening.

45/50 = 90%


Thanks again to UK Book Tours for providing me this copy to read 🙂


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