With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.
For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam 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 ever imagined.
3.5 of 5 stars
At the beginning of this novel, i despised the main character, Sam. I believe that Oliver did this on purpose; made this character despicable and unlikable. However, as the story progressed I found myself rooting for this character, crying when she cried and laughing when she laughed. After her death, Sam wakes up again and again, each time coming to a new realization about her life. With each day she gets a "do-over", she learns that the life she was living was not a life worth living. Sam grows and develops, as most characters do, and you begin to love her character. Oliver did an amazing job describing the effects of death on the love ones we leave behind, and that maybe, just maybe, life isn't as black and white as we often perceive it to be.