August 12, 2012

Book Review: Before I Fall

Well, now that I'm back with books from the library, I'll be posting book reviews on my blog and on my Goodreads! I'm still pretty new at writing book reviews, so if you have any suggestions on how I can improve my writing, don't hesitate on commenting below! Well, without further ado, here is my review... (hehe, it rhymes!)

Quick synopsis from Goodreads:

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


My rating: 5/5 stars!!!

My review: I can't... No... Is this for real... I mean...

Well, my emotions are kind of all over the place, so bear with me if this review is a little scattered around different subjects...

Let me start off by saying that if you haven't read "Before I Fall", you're seriously missing on some YA brilliancy. I'm literally jealous of Lauren Oliver and her ability of writing something so genius. She really gets it; highschool, teenagers, the haves and have-nots, I mean, this book is the real deal.

In the beginning, I resented Samantha. I disliked her personality, her friends, her attitude. But I shouldn't have been surprised, she was in the popular group after all. But slowly, as the (same) days went by, I started to see a new side of Sam that I totally didn't expect. She wasn't shallow as I thought after all. Yes, she wasn't a total nice girl, but at the end, I think she always did want to do the right thing, but I guess she was just too insecure or scared to make a move. Oliver made every character in the book so complex, yet simple. Their personalities were just all really genuine, and their imperfections and flaws just made them seem more real.

I love how this book is so hard to predict. Every new page always brought something I never would have expected, and I loved the anticipation I felt at every turn of the page. I couldn't take my eyes off this book!

I find the whole idea behind this book absolutely brilliant. This book could've easily turned into a flop, but instead it blew away my expectations. Right pace, right characters, right plot. Everything just felt right and in place.

"Before I Fall" made me feel a flurry of emotions. It overwhelmed me with its melancholy and sadness. Yet, I feel satisfied with this book. I could not have asked more of it. Sam's story will take you into a tumultuous ride filled with pain, grief, love and realization that life is so much precious than you think.

17 comments:

  1. I love Before I Fall too! Lauren Oliver really is a talented writer!

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    1. Definetely! I'm hoping that Delirium will be at the library on my next trip there!

      -Grace :)

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    2. Delirium is even better than Before I Fall. :) You will love it!

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  2. Okay, you can yell at me: I haven't read Before I Fall! Yay!!!! I've seen it around the library but then once I look at it I feel like I'm not going to like it. I might if I tried but, I don't know why I'm so hesitant about it. Anyways, you're review was wonderful! And the more and more you read reviews and write them you'll get the hang of it, trust me. When I first started writing reviews, I would put too much rambles that it's not to the point and what it's all about. (I still do when I love a book so much) But the more practice the better.

    Keep it up, Grace!

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    1. Thanks so much Delaney! And you should definitely give Before I Fall a try, it's a really unique and fantastic book!

      -Grace :)

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  3. Amazing review, Grace! I love Before I Fall too!!

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  4. I really liked this book and I love Lauren Oliver's writing too!

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  5. I love this book! In fact I might read it again tomorrow. Awesome post :)

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    1. -Thank you Becca! Happy reading :)

      -Grace :)

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  6. This book was completely awesome! Great review!!!

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    1. Thanks Annie! And you're right, it was very awesome :)

      -Grace :)

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  7. The only thing I can say is that after posting 40 reviews your writing style and voice won't be the same as your first post. I think the more we read and review and post the more we evolve and grow.

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    1. You are very right Lectus! Thank you for your wise words :)

      -Grace :)

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  8. I loved Before I Fall too! The concept of the story and Samantha's characterization were spot-on - Oliver proved with this debut that she knows what she's doing as a writer. Great review, Grace!

    PS: I think you meant "rhymes" instead of "rimes" in your first paragraph?

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    1. Thank you Thomas! And gah, I can't believe an incorrectly spelled word has been sitting on my blog for almost five months now! >.<
      Thanks for the notice!

      -Grace :)

      P.S. I think I was thinking French that day cause in French rhymes is spelled "rimes"

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-Grace :)

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