I admit that it was the movie trailer that brought this book to my attention. I purchased it about a month ago, it arrived last week, and I stayed up until 3 am reading it. Now I am going to tell you how I feel about Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release: July 22, 2010
I both loved and detested this book, and it is kind of for the same reason. Samantha is a mean girl who relives the day she dies, which happens to be Cupid’s Day at her school until she changes a few things and learns a thing or two about life.
I liked the groundhog day type thing going on here and I liked that it is a self-discovery as well as a reminder to look and care about the world around you. Sam starts to realise what she truly wants was always there, she just didn’t pay attention because her ‘friends’ didn’t approve.
I did like when she stood up to her friends, even if I do not like the way she did it. I remember high school and I remember doing and saying things because I thought it would make people like me. It didn’t, and the same goes for Sam. I strongly dislike what Sam does around her friends and right from the start I could tell Lindsay, the ringleader of the group, was not a good person. Ally and Elody are okay friends, flawed in their own ways and sometimes inappropriate, but overall okay. Lindsay, on the other hand, is a bully; she is manipulative, selfish, and rude, even towards those she calls her friends. I am not sure if anyone else saw Lindsay that way, but personal experience tells me this is not the type of person you want as a friend.
I was also disappointed with how Sam behaves for the first couple of February 12’s. If I was living one day over and over again, I would be trying to do something helpful or productive, not ditching classes, stirring up trouble, and making out with my teacher.
Honestly, what is with teenagers fantasising about their teachers? More so, why would any teacher or student act on such a fantasy?
I think this story would have worked just as well had Sam been a decent person with decent friends. Maybe the story would not have followed the same path exactly, but the idea could have been developed around nicer people. Honestly, the nicest person in this book is either Sam’s little sister or the boy she describes a freak, and I feel this is wrong.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads because, although I have my issues with elements of the story, it is a good book.
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Until next time bibliophiles!