Thursday, April 1, 2010

Review - Before I Fall

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

Just when I was beginning to think that there were no good YA books being released, along comes Before I Fall. What can I say? It really is as great as everybody says it is. For once, a book does live up to all the hype.

Samantha Kingston is the girl everybody wants to be... until she loses it all when she dies in a car crash. But she wakes up the next morning, very much alive, and discovers that she has a second chance. In fact, she has a whole week of second chances, in which she must solve a mystery surrounding her death and maybe -- just maybe -- alter destiny.

While it's not the most original premise (it's much like the movie Groundhog Day, which Sam actually makes reference to in the story), it's done so well that one can forgive the slight unoriginality of the plot. The writing is a treat; most of the characters are so well-developed that they practically leap off the page as living, breathing beings; and the story and character arc mesh perfectly to arrive at a conclusion that is neither expected nor a cop-out.

Before I Fall is one of the best YA books I've read in a long time. I highly recommend it.

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Pace: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Originality: 4/5

Overall: 4.6 out of 5


  1. I'm so glad you like it, I really enjoyed this book too! ;]

  2. I really want to read this book. Now, I want to read it more!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed the book so much! The majority of the reviews I've read so far have been positive but I have come across a few negative ones. Anyways, if it has your seal of approval, then I've got to try it. :)

  4. The book sounds lovely and after reading lots of positive reviews I really want to try this one. I'm glad to hear that there is character developing, always good!
    I havent seen that movie, is it good? :)

  5. Wow, those are some solid ratings! Can't wait to pick this one up :)

  6. I have this on my TBR list but it's definitely getting bumped up. Thanks for the great review =]

  7. This loos incredible, and it's definately on my TBR pile! Hasn't Lauren Oliver just released a new book...?
    Great review!