Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Rating: (4 / 5)

Genre: YA Literature

Content: Societal issues


Synopsis: Sam is your typical high school popular girl. Close group of friends, good home life, and happily naïve to the world around her. One day, after a party, her and her friends get into a car accident and she dies. But then she wakes up the next day. Only, she realises she’s woken up the morning of the death – again. And again. And again. It’s a never-ending cycle of living the same day over and over again. Can Sam change the day enough to prevent her own death and stop this cycle?


This was a really great read if you enjoy social issue books with a message to society. It had a lot to do if self awareness, social standings, and interactions with others.

This book is very much similar to a Groundhog Day story. Our main character, Sam, must relive the day she dies in a car accident over and over. At first, she’s confused, and then she believes it’s a second chance and that she can change something and prevent her death. When she continues to wake up on the same day, she gets angry. She can’t figure out why she keeps reliving her death day. She begins to realize that she may not be as good of a person as she thought she was.

One thing I will say is that the ending made the entire book worth the read! I didn’t expect it and it gave me all the feels. Our main character goes through a huge amount of growth and becomes very self aware. She begins to realize how her interactions with others truly effect the people around her. As a high school student, she deals with the issues of social standings and luckily, is one of the popular girls. She has a good home life and never goes through too many struggles. Then we meet Juliette, who has been made fun of for a very long time and is a loner. Sam thinks Juliette is a freak just like everyone else, because that’s what she has been forced to believe based on the opinions of her close friends. She hasn’t even really had many interactions with Juliette yet thinks that she knows what she’s all about. The story really goes to show how little you can rely on the opinions of others, especially in high school when everything is filled with drama.

I really enjoyed the message that this book portrayed. I think that was one of the biggest lasting impacts that it had on me. It had a great message. I would definitely recommend that you give it a read!

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