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Before I Fall by [Lauren Oliver]
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“This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!” Review

In this Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls teen hybrid, Sam Kingston is pretty, popular, and has a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a late-night party everything goes terribly wrong, and the life that she lived is gone forever. Or is it?

At the start of Before I Fall, Sam is self-consumed and oblivious about the impact of her actions on others. But as she repeatedly experiences slightly altered versions of the hours leading up to her death—and her relationships with friends, family, and formerly overlooked classmates bloom, end, or shift—it’s impossible not to feel for the girl whose life ends too soon. Oliver’s adept teen dialogue and lively prose make for a fast, page-turning story in which the reader is every bit as emotionally invested as Sam. --Jessica Schein
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B0038B99PK
  • Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 14, 2010)
  • Publication date : February 14, 2010
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2382 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 480 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 2,419 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reliving mean girl teen rudeness
By Casey Carlisle on November 2, 2017
Actual rating 3.25 stars.

I started reading this book a few times, abandoning it and returning before making any head way. All the immaturity, the teen girl snarkiness and bullying was just so tiresome. Plus the Groundhog styled repetition of the same day lagged the pacing.

I didn't particularly like our protagonist Sam for most of the novel. She wears the moniker 'bitch' unapologetically and seems to pinball from one social scene to the next swaying under the banner of peer pressure and grasping to remain at the precipice of the social hierarchy. Then about halfway through the novel things changed. Sam became much more interesting, her choices became more altruistic. I laughed so hard in her 'rebellious' day it added a much needed punch to a novel I was starting to find boring.

The supporting cast felt all very teen - wrapped up in their own dramas and self-importance. So the characterization was bang on, though I had little patience for their carry on. Sheesh I felt so old reading this book.

It was a pretty easy writing style, a plain easy beat once the pace picked up, I flew through the second half of the novel. Though I did like the tone ‘Before I Fall’ set: it glances at repercussions of behaviour, atonement, bullying, suicide, depression, compassion, and acceptance. For such a wishy-washy teen babbling premise, it alludes to some much more serious issues.

I'd recommend the novel to lovers of YA who don't mind a slow developing story. Plenty of drama and hijinks. Weird in some places, but the cyclical structure of the story resolves everything nicely. And like the proverbial light in the opening scene, you see it coming and there is nothing you can do to avoid it.

It’s a fairly chunky and clunky book, it manages to redeem itself. The cover art captures an air of mystery with just a portion of the face lying on the ground… though I would have liked to see it in cooler colours with some snow to reflect the pivotal scene in the novel. The font was on the smaller side and there seemed to be a lot of italicised lines, but it captured the ambience really well and helped keep the page count down from a heavy wrist-aching book.

I watched the movie shortly after completing the novel, and have to say I slightly enjoyed the cinematic version of this story more…
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Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2016
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Alyssia Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars A brave and powerful book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2019
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Francis James Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Between perception and reality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent YA
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 3, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before I Fall
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mena Girls meets Groundhog Day
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2014
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