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Before I Fall

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Author:  Lauren Oliver

Sam Kingston is dead.

Except she isn t.

On a rainy February night, Sam is killed in a horrific car crash. But instead of seeing a tunnel of light, she wakes up in her own bed, on the morning of the same day.

Forced to live through the same events - the drive to school, skipping class, the fateful party - she struggles to alter the outcome, but wakes up again on the day of the crash.

What follows is the story of a girl who comes of age in a matter of days. Who discovers, through heartbreaking insights, the consequences of her every action.

Of a girl who dies young, but in the process learns how to live.

And who falls in love...a little too late.

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May 20,2017

This book gives you another view on life. It makes you appreciate every hour, every minute, every second even more than the last...

Samantha Kingston is living a typical bad girl teenage life but after a fatal car accident her whole world change. She repeats the last day of her life - February the 12th over and over again, facing many challenges along the way. I would not suggest this book for anyone under the age of 15. It's a bit mature but all in all it's written in incredibe detail and makes you want to read on forever!

I absolutly loved this book and may just be one of my favourite books ever! Her unbelievable story will change your mindset, all for the better. It contains messages that can be taken into account by all ages and will help you understand just how lucky we are to be living in the world we live in. When reading the novel I wrote down so many qutes in it that are all so relateable and are really so true. Although the re-living the day over and over again bit may not seem true the book is so realistic. The struggles of many high school students in hardship. Definitly a book worth engaging in!

- Charlotte Bree 

Mar 24,2015

'Imagine if you had only one day to live'

On the 12th of Feburaray Samatha Kingston dies in a horrific car crash, but the next day she wakes up and that day happens over and over but she is the only one who realises it. Samantha in the start of the book is rude, mean and a self  centered type of girl. she has the 'hottest boyfriend' in the school and the 'coolest friends' too, every day is like a second chance for her she slowly figures out the wrong paths and changes them for new ones but those have their bumps too. she learns to truley be respected you have to respect more people than just yourself. This book teaches you the true vaules of livivng because unlike sam we dont have second chances.  Before I Fall was a inspirring novel which taught you about truely living. i rated it 4/5 and you should check it out!  


Mar 20,2014
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I have always heard a lot of good things about Lauren Olivers works. Especially after reading Delirium, I had high hopes for the rest of her works. So, with this, I immediately went out and brought Before I Fall. The plot was intrigiuing and there were so many good things said about this book that I had to read it.

Wow. Lauren Oliver has done it again with another heart-wrenching, emotional tale.

When we first meet Samantha "Sam" Kingston, I thought that she was one of those girls who got what she wanted, and had the perfect life. Not even seeing those around her and what she has in her life. That is, until she dies, she realizes everything that she has and how she has treated those around her. People like this, who don't see the consequences until it's too late. 

We start to grow on Sam as the book goes on. We start to feel her pain in the repetition of each day over and over and over again. Her frustration with all the lies and the secrets behind her death and a mysterious other. We learn about others and we accept how she was before and then to now and her change. We develop that connection with her from the very start of the book, as we sympathise with her as she loses her life. Yet we still think that it is her fault and her friends, until we come to realise the whole story throughout the book. We get shocked at what we find out and with what we find out about some of the characters in the book that we liked or found interesting. Sam's anger in one of the chapters becomes explainable, and we find that we would be doing the same if we were in that situation. Tear-jerking towards the end of the book in one of the mini-chapters within days, as well as the very last chapter. We realize how precious life is, and that we should live every day like our last. Because we don't know when our last day is going to be, and we don't want it to be spent like Sam's and trying to change all that has happened and use that time to find out more about the people in our lives and the world around us in general. We should be able to realize the delacacy of life itself and the accidents that do happen. If you're not happy, change it.

Sometimes Sam's attitude in the book annoyed me. It says that she does "this" or does "something" out of habbit from being a b***h beforehand. But wouldn't you realize that from what you've found out that you would try and avoid doing and saying those kinds of things. With her new emotional ties to everyone at the end makes this story all the more tear-jerking at it's final pages. For her to finally see everything that she has lost and everything that she had, made her death all the more worse because everything that she did on that last day with everyone never really happened. It was that first day that left everyone with their opinion of her. Not how she changed, but how she was and what she was trying to be to fit in.


I love Kent. I'm so glad that she saw how much of a great guy he is. But she found out too late. Just like how it was too late to find out how much of a self-obsessed d**k Rob was. I think she only even went out with him for the social status as well as to be the one getting jealous over from the rest of the school. Her best friends secrets revealed gets the story moving as well, and makes us come to terms with the reason behind Sam's and Juliet's deaths. Something that could seem so innocent and so little, turned out to be the destrustion of lives.

Jul 18,2012

I thought Before I Fall was not only a gripping novel that really made you think but it also taught me so much about human interaction and the consequences that things such as bullying and essentiallly being "mean" can have on people. In the novel, Samantha Kingston, the protagonist, starts out as a rude, unaware, self-obsessed teenager, who belongs to the most popular group in school. She has the hottest friends, the hottest boyfriend and nothing really concerns her outside of her own little bubble. So far the novel sounds like a typical disney mash-up of every stereotypical American school. But Lauren Oliver is able to adress this issue in a refreshingly intense and intriguing way, adding a mixture of a "ground-hog/freaky friday" inspired twist. Samantha begins to relive the day that she dies, over and over and over again. But she is the only one who can tell. For everyone else, the day is as new a any other. As the story progresses, Samantha begins to discover the twist behind her death, and this isn't just the fact that it has been occurring every single day. This novel really confronts you and make you rethink your actions, especially of those towards other people. It stresses how important it is to respect other people and how brutally evil and even fatal the actions of people can be. Because not everyone has so many chances, like Samantha Kingston had, to change the life of someone else.

I would recommend this book to girls from the age 14. It is an easy read, although some adult themes surrounding the topic of drugs, sex, death and alcohol are to be cautioned, the message behind it truly is a powerful one.

Apr 23,2012

Before I Fall, written by Lauren Oliver, follows Sam Kingston, a rude and arrogant teenage girl, who is forced to relive the last day of her life over and over. I understood the book to be about Sam having to relive her last day until she makes the right decisions and ends up in the right place. The book is fairly modern and easy to follow although the music mentioned and environments used can make it hard to relate to for younger readers and readers from different countries. The storyline is easy to follow and very gripping. Lauren Oliver explores the idea that every action has a consequence through her changing story line from chapter to chapter. The ending is left very open ended which allows the reader to use their imagination, although I found it hard to understand and quite confusing. The ending was quite successful in the way that it had me thinking afterwards of the continuous possibilities. There was no fairytale ending which you started hoping and expecting for but I found that more realistic. Lauren Oliver did very well at changing your opinion on Sam as she transformed throughout the book. From being repulsed by her behavior at the beginning, by the end you start to feel sorry for her and want things to work out for her. I recommend this book to older teens (16 and over) due to the illegal activities such as drug use, underage drinking & sex and inappropriate relationships explored throughout the book. 

Sep 06,2011

Although, just by looking at this book, one might think "Groundhog day", well.......they would be right!

It is definitely along those lines......but it's soo much more than that. After a bit of a shaky start in which I just wanted to yell at Samantha because she was such a spoilt brat, I really got into this story.

I loved the fact that so many lessons were learned by not only the main character, but those around her also.


Well written and gripping to the very end, I just could not put it down.


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