Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I’ve been looking forward to reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver because I’ve seen good reviews about it. The release date for this book was March 2 but as expected, bookstores here only got it last week. I was really excited when I saw that Powerbooks already had it. It’s in hardcover and I got it for P679. When I was in line for the Neil Gaiman book signing, I saw a girl reading it and I asked her if it’s good. She said that she just bought it that day and she started reading it while waiting in line for the book signing and she’s about to finish it already so it’s good. Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

What if 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—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

Sam is in high school and she’s really popular. Like all popular girls, she’s mean to everyone except her friends. She doesn’t really care about other people. At the start of the book, it’s very easy to dislike Sam. But that’s the beauty of this book – we witness Sam grow as a person as she re-lives February 12 and tries to figure out what she has to do. She learns that her actions have consequences and even the smallest things can have a big impact. This a story about the roller coaster ride full of emotion that we call high school.

I would’ve fallen in love with this book if I read this as a teenager. I still have a book hangover, meaning I can’t stop thinking of the book and I can’t move on to a new one because I’m still replaying scenes in my mind. The last chapter is my favorite, bittersweet and full of emotion. I didn’t know if I should have been happy or sad. This is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it. Excellent debut from Lauren Oliver. I will definitely watch out for more of her books.

Other YA goodies that I got this month and I’m looking forward to reading:

The Sky is Everywhere (Thanks Den for the advanced birthday gift!),Jellicoe Road and Going Too Far

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