By Lauren Oliver, published by HarperCollins, 2010
Sam and her friends rule the school. They have it all – looks, popularity, boyfriends, and they don’t hesitate to lord it over everyone. They are bullies, mean girls, and won’t have anyone stand in their way. After a night of hard drinking and partying, Sam gets into the car of a drunk driver. With a blinding crash, she loses her life. Instead of being permanently dead, Sam wakes up on the morning of her last day. She proceeds to relive her last day over and over. Each day is the same, but only Sam has the power to change what happens…
Written by Lauren Oliver, who is better known for the debut novel in her dystopian trilogy, “Delirium”, “Before I Fall” was chosen as the YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2010. Combining elements of fantasy with the very real concept of teenage bullying in a fast-paced, introspective, and engrossing story, this novel causes readers to question what they know. Oliver writes about familiar themes in a fascinating, original way. Prepare to be left wanting more!
-Reviewed by Liz