Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver [SPOILERS]

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Young Adult

Goodreads Plot: For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night. [click the link above to continue reading]

My Thoughts: [Contains Spoilers, I Think?] I knew Sam was going to die in the end. I knew that. So why did the end of the book affect me like it did? Every time Sam woke up to start February 12 all over again, I was relieved. This time she will live, I thought to myself. When she did live, I was thrilled. She didn’t deserve to die. I didn’t want her to die. She put all of this effort into fixing things, which meant that she couldn’t die. Right? Wrong. She was just making things right, setting things the way they really needed to be, before she died. And that hit me like a brick wall. All throughout the book, she kept saying “You never know when it’s your last day” or something along those lines, and although she got to redo her last day seven times, no one is really that lucky. No one gets a second chance to make things right before the end. That really made me think hard about my life and how it impacts those lives around me.

I felt myself relating with all of the characters in this book in some way or another. The characters were so incredibly relateable that I felt like they could have been my friends or my classmates. That really made this book so real to me. I couldn’t put it down.

I’m glad that I read this book. I wasn’t going to because I read a bad (spoiler free) review on it when I bought the book. But I am so glad I read it anyway. I really was a great book, and I will definitely be adding it to my list of go-to recommendations.

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