Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver starts out with Samantha Kingston going about her everyday life like normal. She wakes up late to her little sister telling her to hurry and is picked up by her friends on their way to school. They talk about who will get the most roses for Cupid Day and other everyday teenage things. She is then invited to a party by a dorky boy she used to be friends with but isn't any longer. She decides to go to the party with her friends and her boyfriend. At the party Samantha and her friends have too much to drink. On the way back to Samantha's house, they get into an accident. She dies. But the next morning, Samantha finds herself reliving her last day. She must do this seven times to save lives and learn the true meaning of life.
I liked Before I Fall. It was a new twist on the movie Groundhog Day and now for teens. It was full of drama and suspense. The book talks about things teens everywhere go through everyday. It also talks about more important things than being the most popular girl, having the best lunch table, the cutest boyfriend, or going to the coolest parties. The novel talks about how there are more important things to life than that. This is why Before I Fall is a must read book for teens and their parents.
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High, from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12 should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Fortunately, she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.