Author: Lauren Oliver
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
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They say to live every day as if it's your last - but you never actually think it's going to be. You always think you'll have more time.
That's what I thought. But I was wrong.
The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all.
What if, like me, you could live your last day over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have any regrets? Are there things you'd want to change?
Samantha Kingston is a bitch. Her friends are bitches. They are mean, spiteful, vindictive girl bullies who mistake the fear of their peers for admiration. I was appalled by Sam and her friends' behavior a lot of the time. But it was real, and raw, and seriously and hatefully jacked up at times. Other than the occasional appearance of a guilty conscience which suggested that Sam was acting outside of what she felt was acceptable behavior, Oliver doesn't give us much to like about Sam. But I wanted her to be able to right her wrongs and redeem herself. We always want to believe that the good in a person will take over in the end.
The plot is cyclical. This did slow down my reading for the first couple of days, since it is repetitive at first. Sam relives the last day of her life over and over again. Each day is a little different, based on Sam's various decisions and actions. The longer this happens, the more the days change, so it doesn't stay the same every time.
This novel is beautiful. It does a great job of illustrating how our actions can affect others, both positively and negatively. It shows us the difference that one day can make. It reminds us that we are fragile - that our lives could snuff out at any moment - and that we should take advantage of every second that we have. I felt that the arc of the story and the ending were right. Before I Fall left me in a pensive mood for many hours afterward. I absolutely loved it.