Saturday, May 5, 2012

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 25, 2010
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I don’t read much YA contemporary but after hearing such stunning things about Before I Fall I Fall, and having absolutely loved Lauren Oliver’s Delirium I decided to pick this one up and overall it was a good story.

The novel centers on Samantha Kingston and her “mean girl” friends. The beginning really drew me in I enjoyed reading about Sam’s day and the events that lead up to her death. I found myself relating a lot to Sam because I was more like her back in High School then I care to admit. I was always ok with my friends treating others bad, so long as they included me and I fully admit to being an absolute bitch to those not in my social circle. There was actually one girl who I don’t even remember being rude to who told my younger sister what a bitch I had been to her. The worst part is I don’t even remember the girl, that just how I acted toward everyone. That is exactly how Sam Kingston and her friends are.

What I loved the most about this book is the transformation of Sam from “mean girl” to a strong independent individual who really grows up in the 7 days following her death. The character development in this book is so rich and heartbreaking that I almost couldn’t believe that this is Oliver’s debut novel!

I also really liked the layout of this book each chapter represented a day in Sam’s life following her death. Each day Sam tried to change what happened to her and her friends and the final chapter, I mean you knew what was going to happen but I didn’t stop me from wishing for a different ending.

Overall, this was a good read. I enjoyed it more then the other contemporary YA novels I have read but I still only liked it not loved it. I actually liked Delirium a lot more and will be giving contemporary YA a bit of a break for a while.


  1. Great review, Emily! I have this sitting on my shelf and I'd like to read it soon. I'm always happy to know that a characters manages to grow over the course of the story.

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  3. Hi Emily! Great to know that you've liked the book. But I agree that Delirium is way better ;)

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  4. I've read Delirium, but I haven't read this one...I loved Lauren Oliver's style of writing in Delirium, though, so I think I'll give this one a try and hope that it I like it at least ALMOST as much as I liked Delirium...

    Catherine ;)

  5. A lot of people that read this book have the same issue with it: they like it but didn't love it. It kinda scares me since I own the book but I haven't been able to read the it yet. Normally, I really love the book or I hate it. So it has certainly made me hesitant in reading the book. But thanks for the review!

  6. Great review! I agree about her transformation. That was probably my favorite part of the book as well :)

  7. I have seen a lot of not so good reviews on this book. It made me skeptical about buying her Delirium series, but I ended up succumbing and I got it recently for my early bday presents. I had first really wanted to read this book I loved the cover, but after seeing so many mixed reviews I believe that I will just stay away from it. Thanks for sharing.