Friday, February 19, 2010

ARC Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 480 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (March 2, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 006172680X

ISBN-13: 978-0061726804
Book Summary:
What if you had only 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: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day 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.
My Review:
I actually have a lot to say about this book...hopefully no one wants to ring my neck after LOL! First the beginning of the book I thought it was a tad slow to get going. It of course reminded me of the the old groundhog movie (which of course is mentioned in the story). BUT then it really picked up and you could see where the author was going with the story. I really enjoyed the "meat" of the book, and thought that the truth was written in well. We never realize how we are all connected until it's to late and you can't take back what you've done. The lesson taught in the book is timeless in my opinion. Lauren's writing style flowed well and really kept me interested once I got into the story. I could picture her characters; I think we've all been them or tortured by them in school. (I was the ignored middle group) It was an excellent YA story but the only other issue I had was how the book ended. What happened? Is there a part 2 coming. I feel like I was left hanging....I want to know more!
Overall...I thought it was fantastic (besides my 2 little things) and had a great lesson in it without feeling like you were being taught something. It made me reflect on my school years, and even double check myself now that I'm older. Definitely a book for teens to read. (I also think teens might get the end better than I did...maybe catch something I missed?)
** I was provided this book from the B&N first look book club

1 comment:

  1. This book generated a lot of thoughts for me, I wrote them down so I could use them in the discussion, but kind of wish I had kept with the reading schedule because now I am afraid I will give spoilers.

    Nice review!