Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
+ Goodreads– 3.9 / 5 stars
+ Mine- ^same as above^
“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?”
IMPORTANT:: No spoilers in this review!! (:
Here’s a look at some of the characters in this book as well as the summary, for those of you who haven’t yet read it.
It took me a while to actually pick up this book and start reading it. One time a few years ago, at my town’s local library, my best friend recommended it to me, saying I’d like it. Until recently, I finally bought it on my Kindle and read it. It caught my attention finally because it had a similar title to the book-that’s-now-a-motion-picture If I stay. I came across Lauren Oliver’s book while looking up Gayle’s book on my Kindle in the Amazon store. I bought both.
“In my dream I know I am falling. But there is no up or down, no walls or sides or ceilings, just the sensation of cold and darkness everywhere. I am so scared I could scream. But when I open my mouth, nothing happens. And I wonder if you fall forever and never touch down, is it really still falling? I think I will fall forever.”
The following is a general description of my reactions and thoughts as I read the book…
What made me finally start reading this book: The storyline/description in the Amazon store. It was different than any story I’d read before; my usual is paranormal romance, fantasy/adventure, or teen fiction. So, I decided to give it a shot, and I found it intriguing enough to where I didn’t put it down for some time because I was so wrapped up in Sam Kingston’s story.
My Initial Reaction: This story was different. Like I said before, the storyline really drew me in to where I was reading many pages at a time. This hadn’t happened since Enchanted Heart by Mindy Ruiz (great book btw, ya’ll need to read it!!) Go here to get the synopsis on Goodreads.
What I thought of the characters: I liked Sam, the main character really well, and liked her progression throughout the story. At first, she’s inconsiderate, part of the Popular Crowd, and is essentially a bully. Sam has a group of people she considers close friends; what I thought of them? Completely horrible. Though they have their better moments, they really aren’t very nice and are terribly mean to others less fortunate than them. This story shows you the stark reality of high school life; there’s smoking of all kinds, sex, gossip, bullying, and everything you can find in real life. There’s a lot of high school drama, and Oliver gives it all to you raw. It’s what makes the story unique… By the end, though, I think one of Sam’s friends just might change for the better. You learn that a lot of the people you think you might know have secrets that are buried deep inside of them… you never truly know a person like you think you do.
“A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets.”
Thoughts While Reading: I didn’t like Sam’s friends. Let’s just say they weren’t the kind of friends I’d ever have or want to hang around. I’m a conservative Christian, and I wouldn’t want to. I believe in being kind to others, because maybe it could be that small not-so-nice thing you said to them could send them over the edge…
^^^ For some reason, I’ve had Matt Prokop from Disney Channel’s Geek Charming movie as Kent McFuller in my head while reading this story. Maybe it’s because of how Oliver described his lanky hair in the story… because he sounded like a Matt Prokop – from when he was in High School Musical. Haha, crazy, I know – I don’t know about you guys, but I think he was perfect for the part 😛
Favorite Quote? Actually, the more that I think about it, I really don’t have a ‘favorite.’ A lot of the quotes in the story are really powerful and good. So, below I listed a few ya’ll might like and take to heart (:
“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”
“I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.”
“It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It’s never occurred to me before; I’ve never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.”
“Here’s another thing to remember: hope keeps you alive. Even when you’re dead, it’s the only thing that keeps you alive.”
“The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don’t know.”
Powerful, huh? I thought so. There are a lot of words of wisdom Sam gives throughout the book; it’s pretty powerful, and I hope a few of these quotes stick with you. Think about them, because you never know what’s around the corner. They just might change your life…
Whelp, I think that’s all for my review – all I can think of for now. I recommend reading this story. It’s sorta life changing if you think about it. Ready for an emotional thrill ride with Sam Kingston? Buckle your seat belts; it WILL be a bumpy ride.
In conclusion, I leave you with this last quote. I hope it will make you think about the choices you are going to make in life. Every little thing you do will lead to something big, something new. It might take you down a path you never thought you’d take before; It could lead to success and/or love, or something completely different. Just don’t forget to look before you fall.
“I think of all the thousands of billions of steps and missteps and chances and coincidences that have brought me here brought you here, and it feels like the biggest miracle in the world.”