Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I FallBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Samantha Kingston wakes up on Feb 12th excited to head to school for “Cupid Day”, a day to show off one’s high school popularity by how many roses she receives. Sam and her friends are among the popular crowd and the plan is to head to a party that night after which Sam is supposed to spend the night with her boyfriend for the first time.

However, for Sam things do not turn out how she had planned the day. The night ends with Sam in a car with her girlfriends and them getting into an accident. The next thing Sam knows though she is waking up in her own bed with a sense of deja vu until she actually finds she is reliving Feb 12th over again with a chance to change the events.

This book is very much like the movie Groundhog Day where the same day just keeps repeating for our main character for an entire week. What we have though is a chance for Sam to become a character that started off not very likable really as she’s invested in herself and her popularity but she grows so much over the course of the book as she repeats each day.

As the days go on the author did a wonderful job adding in new and unique details each day giving layers to the events as we watch how Sam grows from the selfish mean girl that she and her friends were on the first day to someone with sympathy and compassion. The story and the action changes each day and becomes more intense as Sam tries to find ways to fix what has happened on the previous days.

Overall, I enjoyed the story even with not liking Sam in the beginning, during those moments I found it had a few funnier moments to make me want to continue. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending but it really was kind of fitting even if I might of enjoyed a different outcome a bit more.


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