This is a series wherein I will discuss whatever book I’m reading or have just finished. Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.
3/3/11: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Sam Kingston enjoys high school popularity with her three best friends and her cool, lacrosse-playing boyfriend, until the night she dies. But then she wakes up in the morning on the same day. She lives that day over and over again for a week, searching for the right combination of actions that she hopes will save her life. Over those seven days she learns a lot about herself and love and why she died. With each successive do-over we learn more and more about Sam and her best friends and her boyfriend and her family and the girl everyone calls Psycho and the boy she wishes she had more time with.
This book is beautifully written and so powerful. Despite its heft (more than 400 pages!), I couldn’t put it down and it left me crying two nights in a row. I couldn’t help wondering if my writing will ever make anyone (other than me) cry.
Despite the negative things we learn about Sam, we root for her and feel for her and want her to find a way through. This book was an emotional roller coaster and I couldn’t help being along for the ride.
Side note: my friend who is a high school librarian says they can’t keep this book on the shelf. It is so popular and students rave about it.