Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
For some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know. Samantha Kingston thinks she has it all. She and her three best friends rule the school and, more importantly, know they can always rely on each other. Samantha’s boyfriend is one of the cutest boys in school. Her senior year is nothing more than worrying about college and partying on the weekends. February 12th should be a normal day of cutting classes, going out with her best friends and worrying about boys. However, just past midnight, a car crash changes everything and Samantha finds herself reliving her last day over and over again for one crazy week. With each new day, she comes to understand more about the life she is leaving behind. She gets a chance to right old wrongs and help someone appreciate the fact that with life there is always hope.
This book is a heartfelt story of appreciating life while we still can. It is a great quick read for on vacation or during a long weekend. Samantha Kingston, like many high school students, is always looking forward and wants nothing more than to enjoy life. Though pretty and popular, as we get to know her, we realize even the most put together people have pasts they aren’t proud of and continue making mistakes. Just like Samantha, we all want to prove ourselves and get frustrated when we don’t live up to our expectations. Our lives aren’t perfect and that’s okay. Our friends might be flawed but, no matter what, we have their backs and they have ours. It is through dying that Samantha comes to truly appreciate the little things in life. She learns there is so much more to a person than meets the eye and one day can change a life entirely.
By: Bailey Shoenberger
About Bailey Shoenberger: Bailey is a 16 year old from Orange County, California. She loves being in the sun, on the beach, or swimming with her swim team. Bailey is the oldest of four avid readers.