Review: Before I Fall

Posted on July 14, 2010

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Before I Fall
By Lauren Oliver
HarperCollins Publishers
March 2010
480 pages

It’s her senior year and Sam Kingston has clawed her way to the top of the heap at Jefferson High. She and her bffs, Lindsay, Elody, and Ally are the popular girls. They are also feared because they maintain their superstar status by viciously mocking others for their own amusement. February 12 is Cupid Day at school. The contest is always about who collects the most roses. Much sniping occurs, a beer party happens where the girls drink too much and a cat fight erupts. On the way home, Sam is killed in a car accident.

In a nightmarish twist she lives that day seven times over. But each time she discovers opportunities to alter the day’s events through acts of kindness and consideration toward others instead of thoughtlessness and cruelty. But can she really change the outcome of her own fate?

Lauren Oliver has written about the seven virtues as the pathway to heaven carefully cloaked in a story about high school dramas, friendship, and true love. Sam’s soul searching is a well-crafted spiritual journey toward what really matters most in life. Though sometimes difficult to read, this book is fascinating and impossible to put down.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Peggy Tibbetts

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