I first heard of this book from one of Ingrid Nilsen's monthly favourites and I was curious to learn more. Read the blurb on Amazon and bought this for my Kindle right away!
Sam Kingston is popular. She's 18 years old, loves to party, has a popular/cute boyfriend. Then on a rainy Friday night in February, she dies in a car accident.
"They say when you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me."
Like a recurring nightmare, Sam "wakes" up on the morning of her accident. Each time she does something different, changes an outcome, but each day ends the same. Initially, I have to admit, I didn't quite like Sam. I found her shallow and irresponsible. But perhaps that was Lauren Oliver's plan all along because as the story moved along, I came to like and even admire Sam. Each time she relives that fateful day, she learns more about herself and the people around her. She comes to appreciate the little things in life. It's probably a weird thing to say, considering she's reliving the same day over and over again, but throughout the book, there's a growth in Sam that warms you to her character.
"So many things become beautiful when you really look."
I think this really sums up Before I Fall. Such a beautiful moral behind it all. I felt the ending was rather too abrupt. I had to reread the last few pages a couple of times to really understand the ending. Suffice to say, this was a book that made me laugh, smile and tear and I'd highly recommend it!