Before I Fall (Paperback)
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Short Description for Before I Fall After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.
- Published: 25 October 2011
- Format: Paperback 470 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780061726811 ISBN 10: 0061726818
- Sales rank: 6,534
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Reviews for Before I Fall
Gets better as you go...
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. by Sam