Before I Fall


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐️

In my dream I know I am falling. But there is no up or down, no walls or sides or ceilings, just the sensation of cold and darkness everywhere. I am so scared I could scream. But when I open my mouth, nothing happens. And I wonder if you fall forever and never touch down, is it really still falling? I think I will fall forever.”

Synopsis:

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.

        I know I say this all the time but, wow. One of my favorite reads! This story is really deep, it will make you reflect on how you live your life and how you treat those around you. Right away we learn the death of Samantha, even in the description her death is made ultimately clear. But the mystery surrounding her death takes time for Samantha to figure out and once she does, you will be shocked to learn the truth. Towards the end my emotions got the best of me like always! I bawled like a baby. Before I Fall really opens your eyes to the things going on around you. It makes you think about how you approach those coming and going in your life, how you treat people can cause rippling effects to either your life or theirs. It really is a powerful read. After reading, I had to put down the book and clear my head. I had to think back on how I’ve treated people, I had to think about how maybe it affected them, and then I had to think about how to move forward with approaching those in my life. In my honest opinion, this wasn’t a read to take lightly, It is a read that you should stop to think about. I loved all characters even with all of their faults because thats what gave them life. Lauren Oliver does a fantastic job with portraying high school life and its cruelties. I read Before I Fall about 3 years ago and I’m still in love with the plot and the overall feel of the book! If you’re looking to become more self aware of yourself and your actions, then I must say this is the book! Plus the ending had me shocked! For me it was a really good twist that I actually didn’t see coming. 

Movie Rating 4/5 ⭐️ 

I rated the movie pretty highly because the film adaption stays true to the spirit of the novel. The movie holds back the information of Sam’s death which unlike the novel we learn pretty quickly about her untimely demise. After the held information finally settles back into its flow, Sam gets to spend the next several days learning lessons. Giving her time to take notes on herself, about how her selfishness and callous acts affect her family and even her classmates. If you pay close attention (in the novel and the movie) you begin to notice how Sam isn’t the mean girl or the ultimate mean girl. She is simply floating through her days without comprehending that her actions contribute to the well-being of others. I will say two things about certain changes that I was kinda upset with.

First, the scene were Sam sexily teases Mr. Daimler in front of the class. I will say that I was a little upset it didn’t go more in the direction of the book where Sam makes out with him and he takes a little advantage of her. Lastly, which may be the biggest change from novel to movie. Sam has sex with a drunken Rob!  

Of course there were other little changes, but none that I thought were drastic enough to really mention. Yes we didn’t see Sam skip class with Lindsey to get frozen yogurt and we come to find out that Alex is cheating. Or that Anna is the side girl. Instead she’s a lesbian. But none of those I found to be too drastic. Overall, I was pretty content with the movie adaptation and seriously that doesn’t happen often! 

I highly recommend reading and watching!

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