What if you had only 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: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day 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.
©2010 Lauren Oliver (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed." (Booklist)
This book was so beautiful. I loved the story and the life lessons it teaches you along the way. My only disappointment was that I felt the ending left something more to be desired. I felt like it was missing something, as though not everything was completely answered and explained to its fullest. Still a great book and I still enjoyed it very much. The narrator was awesome
yes definitely, it has become one of my favorite books.
The performance was overall pretty good. But the only part I didn't really enjoy was Lindsay and Rob's voice. They both sounded drunk in the entire book, and I don't really think that that captured the two characters perfectly.
Such an amazing book! I literally could not put it down.
Sarah Drew is a fabulous performer, as per. Usual! I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this story, it certainly was not what I was expecting.
I absolutely loved the narrator! She was fantastic.
My favorite part would give part of the book away, so I cannot say here... but I really loved the (what I call) words of wisdom at the end. Made me think a bit.
All of them besides the drunk boyfriend, that was annoying, but I think that was the point. Sarah Drew was FANTASTIC for all the characters.
Yes, I laughed and cried. It is a great book.
The performance of Sarah Drew really enhances the story.
The journey of change Samantha goes through.
I got a deep sense of satisfaction at the end.
Sweet book with a lovely message. Samantha Kingston dies in a car accident on February 12th, and instead of going on to heaven/hell/whatever comes next, she keeps reliving the same day over and over, through the course of one very weird week. Each day she struggles to figure out what exactly caused her death, and what she can do to fix it and save herself.Samantha starts out as your typical Mean Girls popular girl: bitchy friends, hot but dumb boyfriend, walking through the halls of her high school in Queen Bee royalty. But as she is forced to keep reliving the same day over and over again, she begins to realize the effect her seemingly irrelevant actions have on others, and how deeply they can effect people around her in the most unexpected of ways. In some ways, the majority of the book is a study on how our lives are defined by the minute choices we never even think twice about.Samantha's character development is really well-done. It didn't ever feel forced, and it easily could have. I HATED her best friend, Lindsey, who never really "gets what she deserves", but I think the ending of the book is set up in a way that indicates that she soon may be going through a transformation of sorts. Samantha's developing relationship with Kent is pretty beautiful. I was really pleasantly surprised by Lauren Oliver's writing. I honestly wasn't expecting much from a mean-girls YA with a truly terrible cover. But Oliver has a talent for creating beautiful images and multidimensional characters, and I am definitely planning on reading her dystopian trilogy when I have the chance.I listened to the audio version of the book, which is also really nicely done. It's narrated by Sarah Drew, and I spent the first two hours trying to figure out how I knew her voice until I finally Googled her and found out she's on Grey's Anatomy now. Small world.
I really enjoyed this book although it was slightly depressing. It made you think about how clueless you really are when you are in your teenage years (no offense to anyone still that age that is reading this). Found myself laughing at things that I remember quite well from back then, and the narrator did a great job as well. Made most of the characters sounds kind of clueless but it worked since she was trying to emphasize how people were sounding to Sam when she was growing as a person.
The main character comes across as way too shallow and whines too much. I usually like YA audio books, but was only able to make it through an hour of this one before giving up.
"Before I Fall" is a great read, but I suggest you only start when you have enough time to finish. You really need the time to become invested and then ride it out until the conclusion. I get why everyone enjoyed it, but I have to say it was just a bit too long for me. I had my emotional moment with the book about three quarters of the way through. I am not willing to say more because I really don't want to spoil it for those who have not read it yet.
I already listened to this twice! Such a moving story and a wonderful narration.
Sarah Drew's voices for all the different characters were SPOT ON!!! She did flawlessly! This would be an excellent book for someone who has never experienced audiobooks and wanted to see if they could get into an audiobook.
Yes, this book was one that I just could not wait to get back into. I was counting the minutes!
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