Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book is like the movies Groundhog's Day and Mean Girls had a head on collision. Or an ugly love child. This book really was a tough sell for me. The main character is a well-fleshed out teenager - she parties, ignores her family, has fights with her mom, only cares about the "now" factor - I really wanted to hate her, but underneath all of that I could see a sweet, smart, caring girl. There was some really good writing, good character development but the plot was too big. I really appreciated the author's portrayal of teenage life (pretty darn accurate from what I remember), probably one of the best YA books I've read in that regard. I'm putting this author on my watch list, I think there's huge potential there.
Synopsis: 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: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day 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.
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