The Compulsive Reader: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Friday, February 12, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Friday, February 12th should be just another average day for popular, beautiful Samantha Kingston. But it's far from it--her ride home after a late-night party ends in a car accident, only when Sam wakes up, it's Friday, February 12th again. Forced to re-live the last day of her life seven times, Sam struggles to understand the meaning behind these experiences and the significance in her own life and actions. Because only when she can get her last day exactly right will she ever be able to take the next step.

With keen insights and startling candidness, Lauren Oliver's debut novel is a frank, if not at times brutal look at high school social circles and the careless cruelties and bullying that occurs on a daily basis. Sam is one of the mean girls, and she shrugs off her biting words and actions as something that just happens, collateral damage of living through high school. But through every complex and carefully plotted event, Oliver peels back the layers of Sam's life and teaches us all that every little deed has a consequence, and no act goes unnoticed. Though Sam is by no means a likable character at the beginning of the novel, as her character is revealed and she learns a thing or two about the things she has done in her life and the person she has become, she morphs into a true, selfless, and caring heroine, despite her many flaws. 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. 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.

Cover Comments: I think this cover is beautiful and eye-catching! I like the title treatment, and the way it is written in all lowercase letters. I think the girl's eyes are one of the most striking details, and will really make this one stand out!

Before I Fall will be released on March 2nd, 2010 from HarperTeen.

ARC received from publisher.

Also, if you live in the Michigan or northern Ohio and northern Indiana area, you should definitely think about coming to Lauren Oliver's signing at the Borders in Ann Arbor, MI on March 7th! I plan on being there, along with a few other book bloggers, and it should be a blast! Details are here. Hope to see you there!


Janssen said...

I love this cover. There was a huge poster of it on display at their booth in ALA and I just enjoyed looking at it. The book was really gripping too.

Shweta said...

The premise sounds very different and I am sure I would love to read this book. Waiting for the book to be released :)

Meg @ write meg! said...

The cover is definitely piercing and beautiful! The plot reminds me a little of If I Stay, though there are major differences, of course. Just the idea of the car accident, death, decisions. Sounds haunting!

The Compulsive Reader said...

It is like IF I STAY, and THE EVERAFTER as well. I think these out-of-life and after-death experiences are slowly becoming a trend.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this book! Everyone is so in love with it.

Thanks for the review! :D

Lenore Appelhans said...

I wish I could go to the signing! You are SOOO lucky!

Beth S. said...

I live near Ann Arbor so I'll have to try to make the event!

I loved "If I Stay" so I added this one to my "to-read" list.

Anonymous said...

I'm really excited for this one. The concept sort of reminds me of The Everafter, with a few differences. I'm interested to see how it turns out!