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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
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Aug 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: chick-lit, fiction, young-at-heart
Read from July 30 to August 03, 2012 , read count: 1

February 12th. A party, too many drinks, a flash of white light, and Samantha Kingston dies. There's always been some debate about what really happens to your...mind after you die. But Samantha finds out that she wakes up only to relive February 12 over and over again for the next week. Her life is literally on a loop of that exact day and she soon finds that all the threads of her life are interlaced in ways she never realized.

I found this concept to be terribly on point because it's like watching the same movie multiple times: you discover something new and different each time you watch it. We never have the privilege to live any one day of our life over again and we all wonder what we might do differently. But I think that Lauren Oliver got it right when she wrote this book. Because even when we try to change the outcome, somehow fate triumphs and every still ends as it eventually should. Before I Fall certainly felt "tweenish" at times, but I really enjoyed it for what it was. I will say that the book did not end as I would have liked. I truly felt that it was going in a different direction and I wanted the outcome to be different. I was re-reading things trying to give it the ending I wanted. But ironically, just like the lessons in the plot itself, no matter what you try to change, fate wins every time.

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07/30/2012 page 34
07/31/2012 page 109
23.0% "this girl is seriously a grade A high school BITCH! Reminds me of some of the girls from MY high school... I'm assuming her personality will take a turn later in the book."
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Courtney YOU HAVE TO READ THIS. Srsly. I read it in 1 night & it's pretty hefty book.

Courtney Well I'm glad you didn't hate it, but you didn't love it did you?

Elaine D Oh I definitely liked it a lot. I liked it enough to be thinking about it while I was at work. I wanted to read it every chance I had. But I didn't love it as much as you did. I think I just wanted it to end differently. I thought maybe after she saved Juliet's life, that the universe might "reward" her by letter her proceed to the next day. I just really wanted Kent to have some answers and closure. And he didn't get it. :(

Courtney Elaine wrote: "But I didn't love it as much as you did."

There was just something about it for me that I couldn't stop thinking about. It was a little "bubblegum" for me sometimes (tweenish) but I quickly looked past that. Maybe it was just not knowing how the story was going end, if she was going to get that second chance or not. I just know I couldn't stop turning the pages.

I'm glad you read it, though.

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