Saturday, April 17, 2010
I am in total awe of this novel. I can't get it out of my head. I couldn't reach the end fast enough and I can't stop myself from wanting to go back and start all over again. The writing was flawless, the characterization breathtaking and the drama and tension and the play on all of my emotions blew me away.
There are some novels that are like a great escape, or throw you into a world you want to be a part of, or that inspire you, or make you laugh or cry.
Before I Fall has those qualities but this is the sort of novel that makes you appreciate being alive, makes you question your choices and want to be better. Throughout the novel a certain question is posed or brought to your mind just from the subject matter--what day would you want to live over and over again? Do you have any days that are like that? Any moments? What makes a moment special enough to exist in forever? To make you want to? It's a rare novel that can affect me and make me question myself so deeply.
Plus I have not rooted so strongly for a character like Sam in a long time, nor have I been so heartbroken.
Seriously, go and read this book. I LOVED IT!
Here's the product description from Amazon.com below.
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.
Ok, now go read it--if you still haven't!