Thursday, May 3, 2012

Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver

What would you do if you knew you were going to die today?  Would you do the same things you've done every day before?  Would you spend the whole day with family and friends?  Would you try and right the wrongs you've done in your life?  Samantha didn't know it would be the last day of her life when she work up on February 12th.  But she did know the next day, and the next, as she kept waking up to repeat the day.  You see Samantha keeps dying on February 12th, and it's up to her to figure out how to break the cycle.

Samantha is the pretty popular girl everyone loves to her face and hates secretly.  She and her friends are the ultimate mean girls.  But as she is forced to relive the day she dies over and over again, Samantha realizes the harm that she's done in her life and tries to rectify it so that she can break the cycle she's stuck in and move on to whatever is next, even if it means her death.  This was a great novel about coming to terms with ones life and making the right choices even when they are hard.  Samantha is a character that you start out hating but end up really sympathizing with and liking. The ending was both sad and poignant. 

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 10th-11th Grade

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