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Before I Fall

Oliver, Lauren (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Before I Fall
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After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.
Authors: Oliver, Lauren, 1982-
Title: Before I fall
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 470 p. ; 22 cm
Summary: After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.
Audience: Young Adult
ISBN: 9780061726811
006172680X
9780061726804
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Statement of Responsibility: Lauren Oliver
Indexed In: Library Media Connection starred, January 2010
Pub Weekly, January 2010
Booklist, October 2009
Subject Headings: Dead Juvenile fiction Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction Popularity Juvenile fiction Self-perception Juvenile fiction Conduct of life Juvenile fiction High schools Juvenile fiction Schools Juvenile fiction Dead Fiction Interpersonal relations Fiction Popularity Fiction Self-perception Fiction Conduct of life Fiction High schools Fiction Schools Fiction
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Interpersonal relations
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Conduct of life
High schools
Schools
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Jul 11, 2014
  • sansastark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The major characters each have their own back stories that explain and how they came to be the way they are. Sam's character development was very believable and pleasant to read. She progressed from being selfish and valuing popularity over all to a self-sacrificing person, realizing the more important things in life like family, the people who love you no matter what, and doing what's right. I'm not gonna lie, I did cry a couple of times. The book made me think a lot about human nature, and life and death.

I absolutely LOVED "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver. I loved the style in which it was written. The storyline kept me reading. I started to care for the characters as if they were real. Even though the story is fiction, Lauren Oliver made it seem realistic. I liked all of the characters. I hated and loved Lindsay, she could be horribly mean, but she could also be comforting and understanding. I fell in love with Kent, his scruffy style and the way he said everything came out so compassionately. And of course, Sam (Samantha). Sam was a care free popular girl. But over the course of the book, she, in a way, opened her eyes to what was around her. She realized what her and her friends had done to poor, innocent, Juliet Sykes. Sam also opened her eyes to find out how much she cares about Kent (a childhood friend), how much she loves him. This story is compelling and will keep you reading. I highly recommend reading this book.

I really enjoyed the writing style and storyline.

May 18, 2014
  • TarannumSens rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I was really excited to read this novel...didn't turn out to be my type of book...left me with one word..."eww".

Apr 29, 2014
  • naguiar rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found this book fairly intriguing and well written. While many parts of it were cliche, Sam's character development is believable and real. Even the characters who appear obnoxious, arrogant, and condescending have their own emotional, tragic backstories that makes their traits realistic as well. And while Sam's relationships with Kent and Rob make the story interesting, her love interest is not the most important thing about her or the plot, and in her isolation of this Groundhog Day world she becomes self-sufficient and independent. The important relationships are Sam and her friends and even Sam and her sister (I loved Izzy). Overall, a very well done book.

Apr 19, 2014
  • vkondrak rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I would recommend this book to anyone. Other than the facts that it's amazingly written, it has a great plot and character development, and that Lauren Oliver is my favorite author, the book is REAL. The characters aren't perfect, actually the main characters are quite mean, rude, and, sometimes, obnoxious, but that makes them lovable. The author doesn't try to make the characters the best and that's something I admire. And, in the end, Sam might not get a happy ending, but it's beautiful all the same.

Apr 13, 2014
  • tocch101 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not my favorite. This whole trade off in death thing is obnoxious and self-serving. The characters are okay, but amplified versions of awful individuals.

Mar 29, 2014
  • angiem99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the most precious contemporary books I've ever read. A mix of Groundhog Day and Mean Girls. It made me laugh, it made me cry. You can really see the character changing throughout the book and become someone better in the end. This book wasn't good, it wasn't great, it was OUTSTANDING. Please read this, you won't regret.

Before I Fall is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. And I’ve read a lot of books. In fact, it’s actually my all time favorite book. When I first read it, I was amazed at how well thought out and amazingly written it was, how the characters developed and changed (through both subtle and drastic measures) and how the overall ending and theme of the book changed how I perceived reality and live my life.
The book is written from the point of view of a high school senior named Sam Kingston. Unlike most other teen novels, Sam, the main character, is not an underdog. In fact, she’s one of the most popular girls at school. However, despite the fact that her friends aren’t the best of people, they’re all very loyal to each other. Sam, herself, isn’t a perfect character at all. She’s selfish, rude, and real.
However, in the book, it is February 12th. Sam goes to a party and gets into an accident. There, she ‘dies’. But here’s the catch. Sam wakes up again. Her alarm clock rings and she finds herself in bed, like it’s a normal day. On the morning of February 12th. She’s confused, as things are being carried out exactly like they had the previous day. She assumes it’s just déjà vu, and ignores it. But then she goes to the party again. She ‘dies’ again. And she wakes up, in her bed, on her dying day.
Sam repeats this process many times. Each time she relives her dying day, her perception and her actions change, as she tries to solve the mystery behind her death. She goes from confusion to denial to anger to despair to more. My favorite thing about the book is seeing how she changes and develops the more she realizes what the real cause of her death was. She begins to strip away her many layers and treat people differently. And it’s not a sudden change. It takes time and many, many highs and lows before Sam changes.
This book touches on many issues: eating disorders, suicide, social structure, friendship, bullying, family, etc. The author is a genius. She weaves the story so that all these issues don’t clump up. They flow and we learn everything along with Sam. The portrayal is starkly real and accurate. It amazes me, the way the author handled all these delicate issues and made it so that they not only contributed to the plot, but offered a way for readers to relate to her words.
I give this book 10/10 stars. I really do believe it’s that good. I’ve rarely read a book this amazing. I urge you all to give it a chance; you will not be disappointed.

23 REASONS WHY I LOVED 'BEFORE I FALL' (In no particular order, and with a LOT of spoilers) : 1)Kent is gorgeous. (I mean, mega-gorgeous). 2)Lindsay is really mean but I found myself liking her all the same. That's quite an achievement. 3)It seems so... REAL. Like, a real school with hundreds of real people. 4)Pee strained through a garbage bag? Who couldn't agree/laugh about that? 5)Izzy's a sweetie pie. 6)Sam doesn't end up with a guy. Sorry, spoiler. But I love how she doesn't have to end up happily ever after with the guy of her dreams. But then, it still would've been nice if she had, really. 7)Two gross old teachers had an affair, which I found found both disgusting and hilarious. 8)Sam wasn't just sad-old-unpopular-girl or mega-horrible-crazy-popular-girl: she'd not been that popular to begin with but eventually became so. I just liked how she didn't fit into a cliche. 9)The cover. How could you not fall in love with it? (Not as much as you are with Kent, of course, but you know). 10)I love groundhog-day type stories. 11)She ended up doing the noble thing. Which I probably wouldn't have done myself, being the selfish brat I am, but still made for a good ending. Speaking of endings- 12)The ending made me cry. 13)The ending made me jealous that I hadn't written the whole thing myself. 14)How when Ally's mum came into the bedroom in the middle of the night in her bathrobe to tell the girls *SPOILER*, I actually got a little panicky. 15)How when they found out what had happened *SPOILER*, it was like someone had punched me in the gut. 16)How she's reliving the same day over and over yet doesn't go and shoot everyone at her school or have sex with every guy that comes her way. 17)How in the end she just doesn't give a damn about those roses anymore. 18)How she talks like a teenager. 19)Again with Kent- how well he's described; how cute he sounds. And I'm not one to get book-dude crushes, but that guy just got under my skin. I love the heart-shaped mole and checkered sneakers and the fact that he's such a gentleman. 20)How when you try and say how amazing this book is you sound like you're losing your mind, which you are a little, because you love it so much. 21)How the ending caught me completely off guard. 22)How you can while away an afternoon reading it, sometimes laughing, and sometimes with tears running down your face. 23)How it's so easy to write 23 great things about it. Thanks for reading, and sorry about the rambling... but it was amazing.

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Sep 25, 2013
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Aug 22, 2013
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Aug 23, 2012
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Aug 19, 2012
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Aug 14, 2012
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Jul 12, 2012
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Jul 07, 2013
  • Shelbs123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

On page 1 of the novel, we learn that the protagonist, 17-year-old Samantha "Sam" Kingston, is killed in a car accident in her hometown of Ridgeview, Connecticut. (This is also mentioned on the back of the book.) She vividly describes her horrifying and painful death, and what flashes through her mind in those final seconds. However, she wakes up the following morning in bed, heart pounding and bathed in sweat, with the memory of her demise still fresh in her mind. Gradually, she realizes that for some reason, she is fated to relive the last day of her life, February 12, over and over, until she gets things right. Throughout the week, Samantha, who seemingly had it all - popularity, an oft-desired boyfriend, and surface-level happiness - must examine what's really important in her "Mean Girls" life, in which she and her snobby, wealthy friends - Lindsay (the ringleader), Ally and Elody - made life miserable for underclassmen and social misfits, a life in which all that seems to matter is social status, clothes, boys, drinking and sex. Furthermore, through this "Groundhog Day" phenomenon, Sam experiences all five stages of grief; denial (this can't be happening) is seen as she tries to evade her fate; she gets angry and rebells, lashing out at her friends (particularly Lindsay) and hanging out with students she would never dare be seen speaking with; she bargains with God, or fate, believing that if she can make things right, she can save her own life; depression, in which she feels that nothing even matters and wherein she begins acting uncharacteristically recklessly (stealing her mother's credit card, making a pass at a teacher, flashing a carful of college boys, etc.); and finally, acceptance. The Sam who accepts her death - but only if she's able to save the life of her friends' prime target - is a very different character from the girl on the first page of the book.
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Apr 28, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We get to know Sam and her friends at the beginning of the story, leading up to a crash that takes Sam's life. You have to be patient as you are introduced to them because they are not likeable at all. Just when you think you've had enough of them, they are in a deadly crash. That's not the end of the story, though, only the beginning.

Sam goes into a sort of sleep following the accident and awakens to relive her last day. Will changing something along the way lead to a different result? She tries, and tries again, and again. In fact she gets numerous attempts to "perfect" her last day, hoping she can make the most of her life...and her death if she can't undo the accident.

The story line is addicting and suspenseful. and as each "day" passes and Sam begins to get things right, the question that has been looming in the back of your mind since the end of the first chapter--What will happen to Sam?--becomes more and more urgent.

My main issue is that the bullying was not... `properly' addressed throughout the book. It's mentioned and there are little things that happen that sort of mock Lindsay and her crew, but there is no overall sense of punishment, and I hate that. Especially for people who are so out and out horrible. I wish that as a final stand Sam had stood up to them a little more strongly and kind of put them in their place other than her random remarks here and there. I also wish there could have been some more time between Sam and Kent, more for him then for her to remember.

Oliver is skillful at wielding suspense and heartbreak, making you think hard about the value of your own life and actions.

Before I Fall is a haunting and beautiful book. It will float around at the back of your mind long after you've read it.

Nov 07, 2010
  • E_Kazan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The back:
What if..
What if you only had 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, Febuary 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.

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May 18, 2014
  • TarannumSens rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: TONS.

Jul 07, 2013
  • Shelbs123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: The curse words but the words that almost every 11-13 year old person knows

Jul 05, 2013
  • Red_Dog_2036 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: The main character and her friends talk about losing virginity and make sexual jokes, a lot.

Jul 05, 2013
  • Red_Dog_2036 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: There a lot of curse words in this book.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The ending can be very intense for some. One characters fate is very sad and can make people upset.

Sexual Content: Sam wants to lose her virginity and have many innuendos.

Coarse Language: The characters swear very much in this book and Sam thinks it very much, too.

Aug 14, 2012
  • shellynaj rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: innuendos, losing virginity is part of storyline

Aug 14, 2012
  • shellynaj rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Swearing, innuendos

May 07, 2011
  • OliviaSh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: main character is focused on losing her virginity, willingly puts herself in situations that would enable that; talks/jokes about sex and prophylactics with her friends

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Nov 09, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

His hands inch over my stomach and his fingers are pulling at the underwire of my bra. He’s not very good with bras. He’s not that good with breasts in general, actually. I mean, it’s not like I really know what it’s supposed to feel like, but every time he touches my boobs he kind of just massages them hard in a circle. My gyno does the same thing when I go in for an exam, so one of them has to be doing it wrong.

Jul 07, 2013
  • Shelbs123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

: "They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me"

Jul 05, 2013
  • Red_Dog_2036 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"They're all scumbags!"

Aug 12, 2012
  • JennyX rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Afterward I lock myself in the bathroom, warmth tingling from my fingertips up to my head, and try to memorize exactly how I look there, in that second. But after a while all of my features seem like they're just hanging there, like something I'm seeing on a stranger.

Jul 12, 2012
  • Heart97 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Parents should guide their childrens and support them."

Nov 10, 2011
  • havenroo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I hate both of my parents right now: for sitting quietly in our house, while out in the darkness my heart was beating away all of the seconds of my life, ticking them off one by one until my time was up; for letting the thread between us stretch so far and so thin that the moment it was severed for good they didn’t even feel it.”

Apr 25, 2011
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I vowed after that day that I would be your hero too, no matter how long it took"

Nov 07, 2010
  • E_Kazan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The thing is, you don't get to know. It's not like you wake up with a bad feling in your stomach. You don't see shadows where there shouldn't be any. You don't remember to tell your parents that you love them or--in my case-- remember to say good-bye to them at all

Nov 07, 2010
  • E_Kazan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me.

Sep 18, 2010
  • lilchocomuffin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" I smile even wider. 'Because if you had a real girlfriend,' I say, quietly but clearly, so he can hear every word perfectly, 'you wouldn't be hitting on high school girls.' "

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