Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver has truly written a great piece of fiction.  This story is so honest and true it's amazing.  This is Lauren's first novel and I have to say that she definitely has a bright future in young adult fiction.

Before I Fall is centered around Samantha Kingston a young teenager who has worked her way up to the top of the social ladder. Sam and her friends know that the social climate at her school centers around her and her three other friends Lindsay, Ally, and Elody.  Being in the social elite brings a sense of entitlement.  Sam and her friends make many of their decisions without any consideration for their impact on others.  They verbally obliterate any one who steps in their path.  Sam and her friends decide to make an appearance at a local party thrown by someone at school.  Unfortunately Sam never makes it home from the party, she dies in a fatal accident.

Although for Sam this is where her story begins.  Sam relives her final day over and over.  Every time she relives this day she there is moment of self discovery for Sam.  She begins to truly value all the little things in life through all of her relationships with the people in her life.

Despite the sorrow and loss in this story, there are moments of discovery and renewal.  Sam's journey of self discovery is amazing.  There is so much to be learned from this story and the truthfulness about the social tragedies that happen during adolescence.  That's why this story is honest and amazing.  I highly suggest that you put Before I Fall on you must read list.


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