Review: Before I Fall

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
6482837Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: October 25, 2010
Publisher: Harper

Synopsis from Goodreads:
What if you only had 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 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times 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.


I really had no intention to read this book, what-so-ever. Having a six-hour long exam in school made me bored, then I saw there was a corner with books, and someone told me to just read Before I Fall. So, I thought, why not? I’m bored as hell, and this might help me pass time.  At first, I really didn’t know what’s going to happen with the book. The idea of death is sort of creepy and all that, then it started to get boring. Sam started to tell what happened on the day that she died. It turns out that she wakes up the next morning, living her last day for seven times. I got bored during the first half of the book because the events just kept on repeating, but it was mysterious and I really wanted to know what happens in the end, so I continued on reading.

There were a lot of times that I got annoyed with Samantha (okay, she’s bitchy) and I really felt frustrated with the way she handles things. She doesn’t know how to speak up for herself, and even though she knows there are some things that she’s doing wrongly, she just lets it be because that’s the “in” thing in cliques. There came a time also when I really hated her because she started to do whatever random things that pops into her mind because everything’s going to be erased the next day anyway. It scares me how something can be so fearless and you just don’t know what will happen next. It was really amazing how she was given this chance to see for herself the things that she has been doing, and was given the opportunity to make things right.

The physical descriptions of the characters were quite few that I don’t really remember much of their appearances (especially Ally) but their personalities were really well-developed. Although the story was an open-ended one, and left me with a lot of questions, it was okay for me. Oftentimes I hate open-ended ones, but this time around, I think that it just fits the story. I don’t necessarily love it, but I don’t hate it either. A more concrete ending would have been better though because there were really a lot of unanswered questions. However, the ending just made me think that there are indeed infinite possibilities that can happen in life, and it’s just up to us on how we’re going to make use of those chances.

Lauren Oliver gave us the perspective of teenage life really well, along with its consequences and how everything is just really like a domino. The way this book is written just makes me feel connected and relatable even though we have different stories. Before I Fall isn’t a preachy novel, but it just gave me the chance to think back on all the things I have done. It made me want to become a better person than I was before because not everyone is given the same opportunity as what Samantha had and not everything can be granted with second chances to make things right.

An incredible, phenomenal story about friendship, life and redemption with very powerful messages that makes you think about everything. As long as you keep an open-mind while reading this, and try to really understand the point of the story and go deeper the surface, you’ll love this book! This is definitely a must-read to all!



"Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it. 
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know."

“I guess that's what saying good-bye is always like--like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go.”

“That's when I realized that certain moments go on forever. Even after they're over they still go on, even after you're dead and buried, those moments are lasting still, backward and forward, on into infinity. They are everything and everywhere all at once.
They are the meaning.”


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