Friday, February 1, 2013

before i fall (I am not changing the font from the book)

Before I Fall
Today's post is on 'before i fall' by Lauren Oliver. I am not changing the spelling of the title because that is the way that the author wants it, so it stays. It is 470 pages long with seven chapters and an epilogue. It is published by Harper which is an imprint of HarperCollins. The cover is a close up of a pretty white girl with blue-green eyes looking right at the reader. The intended reader is YA and those who work with YA. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- What if? What is 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.

Review- If you or your young adult has problems with depression do not read this. Because you know that nothing is really going to be okay again after the first death. It is told in first close person; meaning that the reader only know what Sam tells the reader. As the story goes on we see the broken lives of those around her. Oliver does not directly talk about rape, bullying, or the other many bad things that happen in the story but the way that she addresses them helps the reader see the bad stuff for it is. It is about learning to see under the masks that everyone wears just to get by in life. It is very moving but  it also talks about how sometimes no matter how hard you try, things are going to just turn out bad. But the under laying theme is really about not being afraid just because you may lose your high school standing. One thing that I would have liked the author to directly talk about is that high school does not last forever. Whatever goes on in high school is just for the moment. If you look at it from a bird's eye you can see that in all the death and tragedy but it is never said out right. The character's are general enough that anyone who was in a public school for high school knows the type. Sam does grow from the small, selfish person to someone who realizes how she let people down in her life and she just wants to help make it right. The last chapter brought tears to my eyes as she goes through her day trying to make things right and to help those around her. In the end Sam cannot save herself and can only give what is most important to her, her life, to save someone she never would have cared about if she had just died at the beginning.

I give this three stars because of the depression that comes with this sad tale. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from the library.