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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 480
Received From: Lauren Oliver's ARC Tour

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: Let me start off by saying wow, I need to applaud Lauren's debut novel. It has officially made my list of favorite books ever. Scoot on over Twilight, a new book is in town! Before I Fall, was heart-breaking, emotionally touching and beautifully written. I literally fell for this novel from the first line. The beginning introduced Samantha Kingston, a complex character at first but later on she morphs into an individual who she was meant to be. There are moments when I was like, "Sam, what are you doing!?" and moments where I loved her. Her friends were also very entertaining and funny. I couldn't help but giggle when they joked around with each other. But, I also don't agree with a lot of their choices, especially Lindsay's way of treating people. I'm not going to give away any spoilers because I believe this book is meant to be read by all YA readers.

It taught me that by being mean to a person just for a quick second could affect their lives for years. We walk around not knowing how our actions can change people. Sometimes we can touch their lives in a positive way, however sometimes it could be in a negative way. Through Lauren's words, this idea comes to life by Samantha's journey of self-discovery while she relives the tragic day of the accident for a week. Don't get me wrong though, this book isn't a downer, it's actually uplifting at times with sarcasm, suspense and the discovery that everything in life is intertwined. Also, their is a little bit of romance which was honestly my favorite part. I absolutely loved Kent, he had a crush on Samantha ever since she was a little girl. He was a total mess at times but he was an adorable dork. Overall, I feel honored to be part of Lauren's book tour, she truly is a gifted writer and I cannot wait to read more works by her. I highly recommend this book because it challenges your thoughts with every word written. If you haven't noticed, I freakin' loved this book! :)

My Rating:
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldyMb9cneAQ
Author's Info:


Lauren Oliver was previously an editorial assistant at a publishing company in New York. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, she is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first novel.

20 comments:

Michelle said...

I'm do glad you love it. :) I've been hearing such amazing things about this book. I cannot wait to read it!

slommler said...

Well you sure sold me on it!! I will put this on my list of TBR!!
Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Want, want, want! Some stellar reviews popping up all over. Looks like I really need to get my hands on this one. Thanks for your review!

My Brand Of Heroin said...

I can't believe how many followers you have now! I remember when you were at 100. Congrats girl! You deserve it. Your blog is amazing. Anyway I'm really excited to read this one. I've heard great things about it...

LCzinha said...

I've heard nothing but great things about this book. I really need to get it and move it on top of my list of books to read.

robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

I can't wait to read this book! It's on my ToRead list, but I doubt I'll get to it for a while. I loved your review. :]

Lenore said...

It's also one of my all-time favorites! I am even going to reread it - my first reread in 3 years.

Kelsey said...

Awesome review! I also LOVED Before I Fall :)

Christina T said...

Great review. Makes me want to read the book even more!

RaĆ­la said...

Every time I read a good review on Before I Fall, more I get excited to get it! And I still have to wait until March! Glad you liked it! :)

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Well, I've listened to you reference this book enough in the past few days I preordered it on amazon today. =) I promise to read it soon after I get it.

Lea said...

Awesome review, Eleni! I really adored this novel as well (definitely in my top favorites too)!

Bere said...

Awesome review Eleni! I've heard many great
things about this book. Makes me want
to read it even more =)

Book Monster said...

The book trailer good me hooked. Awesome review, looking forward to reading this in the future!!

Teddyree said...

Wow!! Thanks for the awesome review, I am kicking myself, I missed signing up for this one with B&N First Look!

Suzette Saxton said...

I really want to read this book. It's on my wishlist on Amazon. Thanks for your review!

JAD said...

Wow! Sounds like a wonderful book! Thank you for the great review. :)

ibeeeg said...

I must admit, the cover gives me the creeps. I just do not like it.
With that said, your review has redeemed the cover for me. :)
This sounds like a book for me to read.
On to my list it goes.

Faye said...

i can't wait 2 start this one! Glad you enjoyed it! awesome review 2!

lovely miss lucy(: said...

Magnificent review :D I have this book sitting on my shelf, so after reading your review, I HAVE to get started on this right away :)

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