Monday, 29 November 2010
Book Review: Before I Fall
The whole concept of knowing when you are going to die -deciding how you would spend that last day, -really clicked with me.
Sam Kingston, is 17 years old, lives with her family in a small town in Connecticut, she belongs to a popular clique at her school and the story evolves around her,-her group of friends, her family, and the last day of her life...which just happens to be Valentines Day, being played through over, and over. I have to be honest, after the first chapter I immediately thought of 'Mean Girls', 'Heathers', and, 'Ground Hog Day'. You cannot help the comparisons. It took me a couple of chapters before I really got hooked and then, - well I couldn't put the book down.
The story opens up slowly like a flower, it reaches out and wraps you up in its petals. Through dying, Sam discovers her own flaws, and that of her clique, that being popular isn't the most important thing in life - that her friends aren't perfect, that doing the right thing means being true to yourself. Mid-way through the book, I realised that this wasn't just another YA novel, there was more to the plot than just a high school love story, you will have to read it to understand that. There's a tightening of the heartstrings too - the little snippets about her relationship with her sister had me in tears, as did her subtle attempts to make good with her mother. And the make-out scenes with her old friend Kent? -Well, they just made me smile. And here's the other thing about this book - you keep willing Sam on to do the right thing - and you hold your breath towards the end, not knowing if she dies or gets a reprieve.
Lauren Oliver has really written a great YA story here, I recommend this to anyone who is a YA reader or writer, and even if you're not -my advice is stick with it, you may be pleasantly surprised. The ending is worth it.
Before I Fall is available on Amazon.com and you can find Lauren Oliver here.
A/N: Less than 28 days till Christmas - can you feel the excitement building? This week is going to be a Book Review Week for me. Happy Monday Lovelies!