Monday, 31 October 2011

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I FallReviewed by Katie
Date Published: 22nd July, 2011
Date Read: 30th October, 2011
Blurb: 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?

Review: Wow, breathtaking, incredible, and its something that makes you think.
I haven't cried, but I can feel it in the back of my throat. Wow, that was an incredible book.

I keep writing things, then back spacing them. Words just don't describe this book, but what I'm trying to say is that Before I Fall is breathtaking and really makes you think about your life. Whether you are making a misery on others lives, or whether you’re a barrier in their lives to what they want to be. It's a book that really gets you thinking, and that you can relate to your life. Whereas a supernatural book you can't. Lauren Oliver, you are an amazing author!
They say to live every day as if it's your last - but you never actually think it's going to be. You always think you'll have more time.
That's what I thought. But I was wrong
The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all.
What if, like me, you could live your last day over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have any regrets? Are there things you'd want to change?

I like Sam because she is a character that you can probably relate to, not because of her lifestyle but because of who she is. Let's be honest, we all judge people by their appearence. The other day I was walking my dog and there was a gang of lads, so I turned back and took another route. I judged that the group of lads would probably hit me or something because they were stood on a corner in tracksuit and hoodies. But, apart of this book is about judging people; Juliet Sykes. Just because Juliet was lonely and had no friends, everybody assumed that she was a freak. But as the story continued we learned about Juliet, and there is an explanation to why Juliet is the way she is. Basically, something has made us be the person of who we are; so in Juliet's situation it was Lindsey, and in Sam's situation it was also because of Lindsey.

I wasn't keen on Rob from the beginning especially when he got drunk at the party. I just wasn't keen on him.

Kent. Oh, he's adorable! I don't care if he's the nerdy type, he was sweet and I loved him. He went out of his way to try and impress Sam which was cute because you would've thought that Sam and Kent wouldn't look good as a couple (see, I'm judging! Hahaa!).
I loved reading this book because I actually saw that Sam had changed throughout the book instead of seeing her change at the end of the novel.

I couldn't believe the ending, I didn't cry like I thought I would but I could feel it in the back of my throat.  :) Lauren Oliver is an amazing author, I love her style of writing and I look forward to reading Delirium. I have something to look forward to at Christmas!
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.
Then 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.


  1. I love Before I Fall! Kent is sooo swoon-worthy. I didn't like Rob, either. Actually, I couldn't stand him.

    I'm so glad you liked it. I bet you'll love Delirium--it was equally as amazing.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Hi Kelly, it's Katie for Fantasia Books!

    I loved Kent too, it's just a shame about the ending...I feel for him.

    I'm getting Delirium for Christmas so I'll be reading that soon, thanks for the recommendation anyway :)

    Thanks for getting in touch!

  3. Great review. I read this awhile back so much memory is a little fuzzy but Rob fell a little flat to me...

    Oh and if you enjoyed this book so much have you read "Before I die" by Jenny Downham? now that book made me cry...

    Anyways just found you through Goodreads, love the blog!!

    Here's the link to mine if your interested in seeing the books I reivew:

    Can't wait to see the other books you guys review :)