Wednesday, May 22, 2013

{Book Talk} Before I Fall


After seeing the lovely Ricci {Ricci Explains It All}mention on her blog that she was borrowing e-books from her library I decided to look into doing it myself.  I was over the moon excited to see that I could borrow books for my Kindle.  No more waiting to read something new until I thought it was okay to spend the money!  And I can borrow and return books from the comfort of my own home.  Now that I don’t work within walking distance of the library I would need to plan to make a stop there and sometimes that just isn’t convenient, especially over a weekend.
Also thanks to Ricci, the first book I borrowed from the library was Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.  Here’s the synopsis from goodreads.com.
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.
When I updated Good Reads as having finished the book I rated it as a 3/5 star book, or as I liked it.  I didn’t think the book was bad but it won’t be one of my favorites where I’ll read it more than once.  The idea behind the book intrigued me and while the story of each day changed enough to keep me interested throughout, I found the ending to be lacking.  I felt as though I was left hanging with this feeling of “oh that’s the end of the book…ok…”
Even though the book was told from the main character’s perspective the entire time I felt like there could have been an ending that didn’t really involve her.  I think maybe something to show how life was going without her for those other characters would have helped me feel the closure I needed to be more comfortable with the end of the book.
I did like how the book showed how our actions can affect others.  I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the surprise but it definitely makes you think.  The fact that it's a young adult book and it makes you think is even more awesome in my opinion.
Would I recommend this book to someone looking for something to read?  Yes, even though I was disappointed with the ending I still liked the book overall.  And you can definitely take something away from the book, which is awesome.
I've already read my next book, The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks, so be on the look out for that review!

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I've had this on my goodread list for a while, so now I know I have to read it if you like it!

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