Before I Fall

Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012, 8:56 am

Reserve now!

Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver

2010

reserve now!

Christiana C

Teens

General fiction

realistic

In brief

5

This is a book you'll want to finish quickly and then immediately start reading again.

Sam Kingston has it all-- or at least she thinks she does. When a freak car accident ends her life, she is surprised to wake up and living the exact same day again. I'm a big fan of Groundhog Day's format, where the day starts over and over again until something gives, so I was already sold.

Oliver's writing is so compelling I couldn't bear to finish this the next day. I read straight through the night. Maybe I shouldn't do that next time I know I have to be up early the next day? Although truthfully, I would do it again in a heartbeat!

I love certain moments in this book: Sam skipping backwards while she talks to Kent, flicking a finger back and forth to mean "me and you," stuff like that that just really rings true and is good, solid writing. Sam, Kent and the entire cast of characters read like real people with real flaws.