Monday, August 9, 2010

Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha has always been part of the popular crowd. Freshmen don’t dare speak to her. Sam is looking forward to Valentine’s Day, where she expects to come close to winning the competition- who receives more roses. Later she will have to go to Kent’s party (her childhood friend) because everyone is. And she has promised her popular boyfriend that they will also have sex later. It is obvious that all is not perfect in Camelot, but what else could you want in high school?

This perfect life is thrown upside down when Sam is in a car accident with her friends after the party, and dies. She relives the day over and over, in fact, herself alluding to the movie “Groundhog Day.” And following that same movie plot, she figures she is immune to repercussions, even going so far as to seducing her math teacher- in school. But gradually, of course, she understands that not only does she have a chance to change her behavior and attitudes, but also that she is caught in this endless loop until she does figure it out.

Very predictable, but still entirely enjoyable. The situations are very realistic, nicely paced, and even fun. Because of the sex, this should be placed in high school, but could be given to that 8th grade girl who loves those “edgy” books.

This review was written by Mary Jo. To read Aarene's review of this book, click here.

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