Happy Friday! I couldn’t be happier today is here, because it’s time for our school talent show tonight… Emmy is dancing in it, Sawyer is MC, and I am the chair so I am ready for it to be over. 😉 Anyhow, I’ve got a couple of recent reads to share with you and I thought I’d start with my book report for Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
I was out shopping for Valentine’s Day for the kids and headed into Barnes & Noble and decided to grab a book or two for myself. I walked by the “read it before it’s in the theater” (or something like that!) table and was intrigued. What is it about knowing a movie is being made out of a book that automatically makes it seem more interesting? I saw Before I Fall stacked on that table, and read the back cover of this young adult book. (37 is still young adult, right?)
This book follows popular high school senior, Samantha Kingston, as she makes her way through February 12th, also known as Cupid Day at her school. On Cupid day, the number of roses one receives from classmates publicly demonstrates one’s social rank. Throughout her day, she receives several roses, plans out her first sexual encounter with her boyfriend which will happen that evening, and decides to attend a party with her friends. Her behavior towards those on the low end of the totem pole leaves much to be desired… Samantha and her friends reminded me very much of mean girls.
That night on the way home from the party, there’s an accident and Samantha dies in the crash. However, she wakes up the next morning as if the day never happened, and once again it’s February 12th. Samantha will relive this day 7 times in a row, and learns how her decisions and actions affect others.
I really enjoyed this book… I think it would be especially great for teenage girls, but I think there’s a lesson in it for all of us. However, unlike Lauren, we only get one chance to live each day. So do your best to live a life you can be proud of, and go to bed each night satisfied with you you are.
You can grab your copy of Before I Fall here. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend; I will be back next week with my review of Asylum. It’s another creepy young adult book… I must be in age denial at the moment! Happy weekend!
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