Book Review: Before I Fall
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? Or tell off? Who would you say goodbye to, and how would you tell them? Who would your last hours with? And how far would you go to try to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all - she's a senior and one of the most popular girls in school. She has the best group of friends, the boyfriend she's always wanted, and the entire school treats Sam and her friends with a certain amount of awe. Sam knows that life isn't always fair. After all, she used to be on the lowest rung of the social order until the day Lindsay Edgecomb became her best friend and pulled her to the top. Sam accepts that this is the way high school works, the way her life will be, even if it means that other people get hurt in the process. And then, on Friday, February 12th, Sam is killed in a car crash on her way home from a party.
Sam wakes up in her own bed, alive, and the day rewound. She gets a chance to do it all over again. And again. And again. Sam doesn't know if she's stuck reliving February 12th for all of eternity, if there's a way out, or if the changes she makes, to her life and the lives of her friends and family, will make any difference. Sam is desperately trying to save her life, but as the days repeat, she begins to realize that maybe this isn't about saving herself at all.
Before I Fall was a book I hated to put down, even for a minute! Sam wasn't the sort of person I would've liked in high school... she's cruel, manipulative, and has changed herself into a person that she hardly even knows. But Sam asks an important question after she dies... was the way she lived her life really that bad? Was it so bad that she should die because of it? The more changes she makes - to herself and to her day - the more Sam sees the way her actions ripple out, affecting people in ways she never even imagined.
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