Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Source: Author (IBT)
Before I Fall is a mysterious and unique read from all other YA books. Oliver's theory of what happens after you die is a very interesting and creative concept that although is seemingly something hard to wrap your head upon, Oliver makes the transition easy and believable.
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.
This novel is an amazing feat that Oliver has successfully conquered. Oliver's prose captured me from the very beginning and only increased my curiosity as Before I Fall went on.
The interesting thing about Before I Fall is mainly the concept of defying the status quo with being given the chance of re-doing your mistakes. I really found Before I Fall to be completely unpredictable due to the fact that I did not know much about after-death and such. It was a really new experience for me seeing things through Sam's eyes.
As the narrator, Sam's point of view is very different. Instead of feeling that I was actually there, I felt as though Sam's narration was looking from the outside because of the fact that nobody else knew about what was happening to her and she was sort of alone. This was a very welcome and very well presented aspect of Before I Fall.
Lauren Oliver has amazed me with this utterly unique novel and I have no doubt that she will continue her success in the YA genre.