Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Wow. This book was much better than I was anticipating. Full of humor, love and tragedy, it was a spectacular read.

Samantha is one of the most popular girls in school, along with her three best friends. And today it's Cupid Day--the day where people give roses to those they like the most. Her and best friends, along with her boyfriend, are doted upon by the rest school, no matter how badly they threat them. But on the drive home from a party that night, Samantha dies.

But instead of darkness or whatever's after, Sam wakes up in her bed--and it's Cupid Day again. Now Samantha must decide what went wrong that night, and how she can save herself from dying again. But the more times she wakes up and repeats the day, she discovers that maybe she isn't supposed to save herself, but someone else.

I think I'm one of the few individuals that wasn't blow away by Delirium. In fact, I was mostly bored with it until about 300 pages in. So though I really wanted to read this book, I was afraid that it wouldn't follow through like Delirium. But I took a chance on it anyway--and I'm so mad at myself for not reading it sooner. It was simply incredible. Not once was I bored, or thought it was dragging out the point or anything I thought while I read Delirium. It was soooooo good, in fact, that I'm so very close to giving it five stars--which is something I reserve only for my favorite books/series of all time.

I hated Sam at first--like you're supposed to. She's vapid and mean and conceited and just an all around bad person. Or acts like it. Because as the story continues, she realizes how badly she treated others, how much she wished she had been nicer, and how much she needs to change. Unfortunately, she only comes to this conclusion after she's died. Nonetheless, she makes up for her mistakes and really evolves as a person--which made her an incredible character to read about.

I wish it had ended happier, though. There was a little part of me that wanted everything to be okay. Of course, it makes a much better book by ending it the way it did, but still. I hoped.

I wish this book would have gotten more attention than Delirium because it is just SO MUCH BETTER. But alas, I cannot change history. However, I can and will, read this book over and over again.

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