Thursday Review: Before I Fall


Blurb: What if you only had 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 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times 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: I love Groundhog Day. I love Christmas Every Day and all those other movies that have used the Groundhog Day trope. This book was amazing, and heartbreaking. I thought Oliver did a fantastic job of showing character growth. In terms of character development, it was actually better than the Delirium series. These were real people. They felt like people I knew.

It was also heartbreaking. I thought about this book for a long time after I put it down. That’s always a good sign. The only complaint I had is I did not know when the character figured out the days were only going to repeat 7 times. It says so in the blurb, and the character moves through a stage of grief a day (cleverly done) ending on acceptance.

But and spoilers ahead ***** her acceptance made no sense given that there were days that she didn’t die. To be clear, I liked the acceptance. I loved the ending. I just felt like a scene was missing where the character figured out the rules.

You should read this book if you need a good cry. It was amazing.

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