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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

REVIEW for Before I Fall

Thank you! thank you to author Lauren Oliver for sending me her wonderful book!

TITLE: Before I fall

AUTHOR: Lauren Oliver


RATING: 5 Stars

I have been incredibly lucky lately with the YA that I am reading and I have to say that Before I Fall is one of the most touching, heartwrentching novels I have read in a long, long time.

Our main character Samantha has it all - looks, popularity and a guy that would do anything for her. She is living the "it" life and is pushing her luck! As she prepares to go to a Friday night party, she gets into an accident and dies. But what does die is her physical body - and her soul will get the chance to make right some things that have gone seriously wrong.

As I was reading other reviews of this book, a few people compared it to the Groundhog Day - as Sam relives the same day over and over (7 times). I was actually more reminded of a saying that I heard somewhere "everytime you are born, you get to fix something that went wrong from the last time you were alive") or something like that and this is what this book made me think of.

Sam, slowly gets to fix some wrongs everytime she relives her day. You can see the wonderful growth in this character as she finally starts to (slowly) see and appreciate those people around her - and more importantly, as Sam finally starts to understand that this is not longer about her - but rather about giving back.

This novel is so touching that I found myself reading it with tears in my eyes. But what this novel really does is make you think. Of how self-centered you can be or of how mean and horrible you can be to other people.

I loved, loved this book and I HAD to give it 5 stars (which as you know is extremely rare for me!).

You have to get this one - but be warned - you will not be the same after reading it.


Ng said...

I loved this, too and have coincidentally just reviewed it also. Fab review of a fab book!

bermudaonion said...

Wow, a 5 star book from you!! This needs to go to the top of my TBR pile!

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