Lauren Oliver's website: 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.Here’s a blurb from
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.
Let me say, this book was long. I don’t mean just long, I mean loooooonnnnnngggg. The first part was so hard to get through because I truly couldn’t stand ANY of the girls. And with 80-something page chapters, it was kinda’ painful. Mainly Lindsay but the rest weren’t much better. I finally emailed a friend (who I won the book from; thanks TK!) and asked, does this girl get any nicer because if she doesn’t, I’m done. By the way, go check out TK Richardson's website if you haven't. Her book Return the Heart is coming out soon. Anyway, back to Before I Fall. She assured me that about page 272, Sam was nicer. I read on. Yes, Sam got nicer, but the fact that these girls were so cruel really bothered me. I liked Kent quite a bit, but he was really the only redeeming character. I will say that the last portion of the book went rather quickly. I was happy to see Sam getting together, albeit for a brief time, with Kent. Thankfully, I don’t remember people being that cruel in high school. I think if they were, everyone probably would have opened a big can of whoop ass on ‘em and that would have been the end of that. Seriously though, I remember sticking up for kids who might be getting a hard time from someone. All I could think was, they’re a human being too. One could hope this book would give kids pause, before being cruel to their fellow students. While those four years seem so important at the time, they’re so quickly put to the back of the line as adult life begins. It would sad to be known as a horrible person for those four years. I give this one two and a half roses.