Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: A Review


From the author of Delirium series, here is a story that blows your mind away once you are finished with this one…

Do you know of Delirium series?
Know what Amor Deliria Nervosa means?
You know the amazing author that brings us to the powerful emotions and tensions she created in each of the scenes?

Yeah, that’s right. It’s Lauren Oliver we’re talking about here.

A realistic-fiction YA debut of Lauren Oliver—Before I Fall, is one of the masterpieces by Oliver that tells about how a girl dies, and repeats the day she died over and over again.

Samantha is not the typical protagonist you find in stories. In Before I Fall, Oliver introduces us to a very extraordinary kind of point of view— A popular high school girl who bullies, tries to seduce a teacher, and yet dies a virgin. Literally.

It should have been a typical party night of Valentine’s day, except that for that night, she had planned to lose her virginity to her boyfriend, Rob.

Oh, yes, she loved Rob. Or so she thought.

What had happened instead was that Rob got drunk, so they didn’t do it. And Kent, the host of the party, said something weird about him being able to see through her. And Juliet, a girl Samantha, Liz and her other friends bully regularly at school, appears like a supermodel in the middle of the party just to call them names.

And then the typical: drive drunk, and you die in a car accident.

Except that because it had been a weird enough night and yet it hadn’t been weird enough at all, Samantha woke up to the same day she died again. Everything went the same again, as if she hadn’t just died the night before.

But it was not a dream. Samantha knew that. And through being dead again in every night of the same repeated Valentine’s night, she discovered that it wasn’t all about her death, but also the suicide of Juliet the same night she had the accident, and a true love she finds in a boy she had never expected to fall for.

This story has a deep, hard, everlasting effect on anyone who reads it. Once you drown into the repetitive seven days of Samantha’s death, you will begin to see this world differently. You’ll look back on the things you’ve done wrong in the past. You’ll see things you haven’t noticed before.

And maybe, you’ll wonder this night if you’d die today, would you have wanted it to be your last day?


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