Book Blog - Before I Fall (Lauren Oliver)
(Not to be confused with Gayle Forman’s If I Stay…)
Before I Fall was really intriguing from the first skim of the back cover. I really liked the concept as a whole; this teen version of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. This girl (Samantha) dies and relives the day of her death 7 times.
I was so interested in how each day would be different and how it would be the same.
The depth of character put into each character was so wonderful given we’ve really only seen one day into their lives. Yet, there’s still so much revealed from each character and so much vulnerability and twists and turns you honestly never see coming.
I think what I liked the most about the book is that you sort of dislike the main character. She was that stuck-up, snobby, popular bitch in high school with the perfect friends, the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life.
She wasn’t a nice girl in the beginning. At all. And I loved how much of a change she makes from the ‘first’ day to the ‘last’ day.
Being the hopeless romantic… I was hoping for a better and more dramatic finish with the love interest - like a final speech or a heartbreaking goodbye. But the book wasn’t supposed to be a love story. It was more about finding yourself and making sacrifices for the people you love. It was about how much we can affect the people around us and how we should take advantage of that to better each other rather than tearing each other down.
A powerful, powerful message that I think all young girls need to know.
Such a great read!