- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Format: Paperback | 470 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 33mm | 408g
- Publication date: 25 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0061726818
- ISBN 13: 9780061726811
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 8,648
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.Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures. Supports the Common Core State Standards.
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By Ryann Dannelly 29 Apr 2014
Originally reviewed on my blog http://ryanndannelly.blogspot.com
What I thought made this book so effective was SamanthaÃ??Ã?Â¢??s voice. She starts off so self-consumed and oblivious to the impact of her actions on anyone else. During the first hundred pages, I grew to hate Samantha so much that I didnÃ??Ã?Â¢??t feel bad about her death. But when that dayÃ??Ã?Â¢??s finished, Oliver essentially calls me out, the reader, for having that exact reaction.
When I got to that part, I felt slimy for not caring that this teenager was killed. It was a brilliant moment, extremely though-provoking. I reread that scene four times through before I could move on. It worked so well because Samantha voice starts off so distinctly unlikable, which then as the story progresses transforms into a better person.
The story arc of SamanthaÃ??Ã?Â¢??s journey in how she comes to terms with her death is realistic, pulling the reader through this emotional journey with her. As she goes through the five stages toward reaching acceptance, so does the reader. During each particular day when sheÃ??Ã?Â¢??s angry, sad, hopeless, and regretful, the reader feels her emotions as well, empathizing with each reaction. When Samantha finally reaches a state of peace and acceptance, the reader does too.
This book will make you reevaluate how you view peopleÃ??Ã?Â¢??particularly the people you donÃ??Ã?Â¢??t particularly like. ItÃ??Ã?Â¢??ll make you question love and death and will leave you thinking about how your actions and decisions affect the people around you.
Like many YA contemporary books, itÃ??Ã?Â¢??s an easy read. I flew through the pages in no time. But the impact and takeaway to this story is still insurmountable. If you enjoyed YA contemporary stories that focus on life, love, and death, like Gayle FormanÃ??Ã?Â¢??s If I Stay, you should definitely check this book out.
By Sam 25 Jun 2012
Originally reviewed on my blog: http://sikbookreviews.blogspot.ca
When I first started reading this book, I was sure I was going to give it a horrible rating. However, I clearly changed my mind by the time I finished reading it. At first, the story seems very juvenile. It begins in a seemingly immature manner with the narrator telling her story of how popular she is and how she gets everything she wants in life and so on. These grade 12 girls seemed annoying to me (admittedly, this may be because I am not a teenage girl!) and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get through the entire book. They are popular and seemingly-slutty girls who only seemed to talk about boys and sex. I also didn't feel any sympathy, or a connection, toward the narrator. Suffice it to say I was not happy with the beginning of the book. I thought: bad plot development, bad character development, immature writing, typical debut novel. And for a beginning like this (with the narrator on her way to her death), you would think that it would catch the reader's interest immediately. But I found myself not even caring what happened to this girl and her friends. At first.
About half way through the book, I found myself becoming more interested in the story and in the narrator. Sam was growing as a character, which made her more deserving of my sympathy. I began caring about her and what might happen to her. I ended up finally giving two hoots if she did die. I didn't want her to die, especially now that she is growing into a better and more mature person! I won't say if she actually does die or not, as I don't want to give away the ending. But, I got more into the book as it continued on.
The ending was also a tad bit disappointing, but I did not hate it as much as the beginning! The ending seemed like it could have maybe been a bit longer. It ended so suddenly. One minute I was reading and captivated by the story and the next thing I knew it was over. Not a well-constructed ending in my opinion.
I'm not sure if I would suggest reading this book. But if you decide to, just be prepared for a bad beginning and if you can make it through and keep reading, the story and character development will get better. Teens might like this book more than adults, as it seems a bit immature for my liking.
"Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed."--ALA Booklist
Back cover copy
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.