Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Review
- Format: UK film paperback, 386 pages.
- Publisher: Hodder Books
- Release Date: 22nd July 2010
- Links: Waterstones, Goodreads.
- Rating: 4.5 Stars.
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.
I try to have a story behind the book and me reading a book and how I came to have the book in my hands. But really this book resonated something in me, seeing the trailer on Netflix before discovering that it was originally a novel. Which certainly intrigued me, I love the idea of time and time loops being used in novels to tell a story which is why I was really intrigued to go out and pick the book up.
What I loved about Sam’s story was that every time she woke up to the same day knowing what was to come, it was like the representation of stages of grief. She was grieving for her own life while trying to figure out how exactly her life was meant to end and finally what her life meant to be. Sam goes into her stages of grief with denial and trying to stop her death, anger that she will die and her retaliation to that, depression and finally acceptance that she is going to die. I found that Sam’s cycle of grief was a truthful representation to how people go through the grieving process, except often people don’t grieve for their own death?
I think overall I adore Oliver’s writing style, as I’ve never actually read any of her books before but have heard of them. I am eager to read more now because her writing was so vivid when imagining what was occurring in the novel. Really the novel pushes the idea of family importance, friendships and being true to ho you are and not what other people expect you to be and finally love. Being able to love yourself, be happy and comfortable and not to feel pressured in any circumstances.
Have you read Before I fall? What did you think and what other books by Lauren Oliver have you read?