Before I Fall

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.

Yet, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last mont of her life seven times, until she ealizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Before I Fall is now a major motion picture Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Kian Lawley. Named to numerous state reading lists, the boo was also recognized as Best Book of the Year by, Barnes& amp; Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly.
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Before I Fall
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Published October 25th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published March 2nd 2010

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My islike for her writing style in books like Rooms and Vanishing Girls made me wonder what happened.

Did it be that Oliver 's style ad so drastically changed?

The saddest thing about reading a book again was finally understanding how much Oliver 's style has changed, in my opinion, for the worse.Before I Fall is about popular mean girl- Samantha Kingston- and her group of popular friends.

Every character is handled with sympathy, turning mean girls, losers and geeks into human beings, each with their own story.It is a lesson on the angers of bullying and how careless actions can have a huge negative impact on someone 's life.

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Naturally, when Samantha meets an unfortunate end after forcing us to spend ay in her insipid world, I ardly felt bad for her.

Told in seven chapters, each representing the same day, Before I Fall tells the tal of a typically popular girl, who gets six days to right some wrongs.

I ardly think one day is sufficient to mend the hurt that these girls created.

Rather, I wante his story allowed readers to understand that there is depth to us all, practicall the bitches and we all have thoughts that should shame us.

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A ook is about a teenager, Sam, who is a Mean Girl who trips into Groundhog Day world and is set on a ath to redemption.

My confession is that I used to hav girl almost exactly like Sam.Shallow, egotistical and worst of all- mean.

In that novel, Sam comes to the final realization that she is a bitch.

Yet, that 's nothing compared to living your teenage years on the receiving end of bullshit people like me dished out to other people.I can imagine growing up with that sor of experience would make you quite unsympathetic to Sam. But Sam is on th path and a journey.

Most of the people in his ook elt like people I 'd known or met in real life.The writing worked well for this book.

Every time I felt Sam was a little too ... Oliver managed to turn it around and make her ... I think it took a lot of courage to write Sam 's characterization as she did.

( view spoiler) [ erhaps the only real critique I could ive of the novel is this: Do you emember that scene from Shakespeare in Love when Ben Affleck 's Ned Alleyn is talking to Shakespeare about the ending of Romeo and Juliet and he says, " But there 's th scene missing between marriage and death. " And in case you skipped school for the Obvious lesson in your Obvious class, he 's talking about: boning.It 's this but it 's not this.

If you kne what I mean ... Now I 'm ot eve saying that I wanted Sam and Kent to bone but I though there needed to be more to the final part of nove than just a few vague kisses and a smil.

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I am s lookin for these evil •sshole girls on here! I cringed and raged through most of this bestselling.

A very end was bittersweet in it 's own ay.

But, going through the essay and hearing all of the things the girls id to other people, because they were bullies, was just sick.

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In the nd I was getting a bit rustrated as I could n't find the whole dea of he ook.

main thing I have problem with is the dimension she is in, first I was expecting it 's somethin of coma and she will come back to life, but no she ( or her soul?) keeps existing in a sens of a limbo and is rying to move on.

I understand Oliver tried to write novel about cruel reality of teenage life and high school, wanted to pass a message of values more important than money or popularity.

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