Review: Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver



Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Release Date: October 25th 2010
Rating: ★★★★☆/★★★★★
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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.




I just finished watching “Before I Fall” movie, and it was a reminder to review the book.

So, the book is written in first person narrative and talks about Samantha (Sam), a teen who’s killed in a car accident..but here’s the thing, she actually wakes up the very next day and is forced to relive her last day in life for an entire week till she gets things right and understands why this is happening to her.

My opinion of Sam changed throughout the book’s progress. At the very beginning, her behavior was hella disappointing, rude and wrong but it started changing afterwards, and that got her to be this new kind person… Too bad she didn’t get the chance to live it.

I felt bad for Kent who was SO in love with her, and when he finally gets her, she got ripped away from him without a warning, without an explanation or a reason..PUFF!!!just like that gone.


I think that Lauren Oliver‘s reason behind Sam’s death is her realization that she had to do something selfless, for her to get the real meaning behind the time loop she was living in. The events, decisions and changes Sam made shows how much she matured during those 7 days.

The ending was confusing and shocking for me;

1) I hadn’t expected Samantha to do what she did (with Juliet Sykes)
2) I was confused for a while processing what exactly happened and if she really did die.

I wanted Sam to wake up by the ending, but the ending Lauren Oliver chose made it something to remember.

Did you read the book? Saw the movie? Share your thoughts and happy reading 🙂



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