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Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 14 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 860L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2010
NO. PAGES: 480
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
ISBN: 006172680X
READ & REVIEWED BY: Tiffany - StorySnoop


The Story
Before I Fall—Book Review

Popular Samantha has life exactly the way she wants it and has everything that she wants. She has no idea, however, that the day she is living is going to be her last. When she somehow gets a chance to live her last day over again, seven times over again actually, she sees so many things she should do differently. Samantha gets a chance to gain some perspective, to redeem herself, to live that day the way she wants to, and to do it right.
The Scoop
Before I Fall—Book Review
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This moving, poignant story is uplifting and hopeful, while also deeply sad. Death is central to the plot, as the main character dies in a car accident, which is repeated in a Groundhog Day-like scenario. Other characters die throughout the story, sometimes at their own hand (but as the same day is repeated, some of these deaths are erased). The same un-chaperoned wild teen party is re-lived multiple times and underage drinking is prevalent, as is pot and cigarette smoking. Main characters are popular, mean girls who are sometimes cruel. Characters behave recklessly: stealing a parent’s credit card, dressing inappropriately, engaging in inappropriate behavior with a teacher, and cheating on a quiz. Language is strong and frequent (sh-t, b-tch, bullsh-t, wh-re). Making out (while partially clothed) takes place and the main character contemplates losing her virginity, although she decides not to. Birth control is mentioned and sex is referenced often. This story has a very powerful message about gaining perspective, redemption, and making things right. Discussions can be had about to how you would live your last day.
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by harrypotter28 {YOUTH}
on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 08:07:48 PM

What a great book. Read it. No more said.
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