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Falling in love with Before I Fall

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is a book that was published in 2011. It’s about a girl, Samantha Kingston, who dies in a car crash, but wakes up and keeps reliving that day of her death all week. She is super popular and seems to have an amazing life, but as she keeps reliving her death, she realizes what is truly important to her. In the opening of the book, Sam talks about what you see right before you die. It immediately gets the reader’s attention.

Sam is the most popular girl in school, and she seems like she has the perfect life. She always hangs out with her three best friends, Lindsay, Ellory, and Ally. When Sam dies on Cupid Day, she wakes up to repeat the same day over and over. At first, she thinks that she is just having Deja Vu, but then realizes that she is actually reliving the same events, and if she does something different, she will change that day. Every chapter in the book is one of the seven days that Sam experiences. With each day being a different chapter, the book is easier to follow.  In each of the chapters, the scenes that are repeated are described differently. It makes a book about living the same day over and over again, not boring and repetitive.

Throughout the book, Sam really grows as a character. She goes from being a girl who only cares about popularity, to a girl who cares about how you treat others. She discovers how important it is to show people you care. She also learns that you cannot judge people by how they look, or what others say about them.

Before I Fall is an amazing book. It makes you want to keep reading to find out how the next day changes. The book gets you attached to some of the characters, and when reading it, I felt like I was there watching it. Lauren Oliver wrote a fantastic book that I think everyone should read.

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  1. Becky Proctor on April 24th, 2017 8:25 am

    I agree, Elaina. Lauren Oliver is a good story-teller using relate-able realistic fiction with a magical “Goundhog Day” twist. Did you see the movie?

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