Saturday, April 17, 2010

Before I Fall Gushing

This is not a review of Before I Fall, the New York Times Best Selling Debut by Lauren Oliver. This is a GUSHING.


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 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!


  1. looks great! maybe i'll buy's not available in portuguese but i love to read in english :)

  2. Ha. It's about time you read this fabulous book. So glad you loved it as much as I did! When did I give you that ARC? Like MONTHS ago.

  3. I agree! This book was absolutely FANTASTIC! I loved everything about it :)

  4. Aww I totally agree with everything you said! This is definitely one of my new favorite books :)

  5. This sounds like a great book!

  6. i'm reading this book right now! and i'm definitely falling in love with it!

  7. I agree x 100000000.
    Best book I've read this year BY FAR!

  8. I haven't gotten around to it but I own Before I Fall. I guess I chose well! :D

  9. I just started this one and I LOVE it!! I had heard nothing but great things about it, and I was entering every contest under the sun to win it! I'm actually using it for my critical essay for the MFA English-teacher friend assures me that there is plenty to critically asses in the book, and I can tell from my brief 10 pages of reading that she's right!

  10. I loved the book but was surprised at the ending. That's not how I wanted it to end. Oh well, can't have everything.

  11. I can only gush about this one too! Amazing!

  12. Sounds good. I will add it to my list.

  13. Thank you so much for your review!! I'm so glad you connected to the book so strongly. Yay gushing! :)

  14. Oh, it looks fantastic! I've seen several great reviews on this now. I'll have to go pick it up.

  15. I'm with you, I GUSH about this book to everyone I come into contact with. I loved it so much.

    I closed it when I was finished and said, "Lauren Oliver wrote the book I wished I could write." It's amazing.


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