Before I Fall is a bittersweet story of Samantha Kingston, a girl that finds deeper meaning in life by living the day she died repeatedly for a week. Don’t worry that’s not a spoiler, this information can be found on the back of the book blurb, unless you don’t read those, then in case that would definitely count as a spoiler. This book is one of the few books I know I will never get rid of because if I did, I know that I would go right back out and buy it again. This book stood out for me because of the way it was written and how it ended. It didn’t hold back from being ugly at times and it didn’t try to protect the main character, which I really appreciated.
My first experience with Lauren Oliver’s books was Delerium, a story about a society that outlawed love. I really enjoyed that series so when my eyes caught sight of the haunting cover of Before I Fall, I decided to give this book a try. I know I know, I totally judge books by their covers. But when they are so beautiful I just have to pick them up from the shelf and before you know it I am paying for them and taking them home. Shopping for books can be really therapeutic. But anyways I digress.
I loved the book. It wasn’t perfect but I loved it. I loved Lauren Oliver’s writing style and the way she demonstrated Samantha’s growth in the span of seven days. By growth I mean Samantha went from being a grade A rhymes with witch to a decent human being who discovered the world didn’t revolve around her and her friends. I know that sounds harsh but I didn’t like her character at first. The main reason being I don’t like bullies, and Sam was a bully. I get it she was young and had a lot to learn and discover about herself but that’s still not an excuse I can get behind. As I read more and more she began to grow on me and by the end of the book I cared about her journey and her as a character. Lauren Oliver did a great job on that.
Sam’s friends Elody and Ally did seem a bit flat to me. At least with Lindsey there was that past history that we did get to see a little peek into through out the book. I know they weren’t the focus of the story but I feel as if they existed just to well, exist. The character i wish we could have seen more of was Kent. In fact he might have been my favorite character, but Sam was a close second of course. He was interesting to me and his interest in Sam through out everything she had become was kind of endearing. That’s all I am going to say about that particular topic because anything else I feel would be a spoiler and I don’t do spoilers.
I know that some readers may not have enjoyed the ending of the book but for me it was perfect. Anything else would have been somewhat of a let down and not true to what happened in the rest of the book.
Overall this book was an enjoyable read that I know will stay a member of my private library. I am also excited to watch the movie which is currently in the works. Eeek! I wish I could write book summaries for a living but *sigh* that would be too easy wouldn’t it?
I hope you guys enjoyed this review and if you haven’t already, give Before I fall a try. I think you might enjoy it. If you have any suggestions on what book I should review next let me know in the comments below.
Here is the link to the newly released movie trailer, please check it out: Before I Fall. Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!