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Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
Call Number: Fiction

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Andrea Paolucci
My book review is about a book called Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. This book is about a teenage girl named Samantha Kingston who has a good life. She is very popular and has friends and a good family. But she is not a very good person. When I began reading this book, the first thing I thought was that Sam and her friends were all brats. They drank, smoked, bullied people and were really rude to everyone, even their parents.
They all went to a party one night and when they were driving home from it, they got in a crash. But Sam woke up the next morning and it’s the same day. Throughout the story, she relives the same day over and over again until she did what was right. I thought that this set-up was really creative, although it got kind of repetitive to have to read about the same events happening each time. But the author did a nice job in making sure that most of things in the book were different from the other days. Bullying has a big part in this story. Sam and her friends specifically targeted one girl named Juliet Sykes. They bullied her so much that she was basically just a shell. She was lifeless because they had made her believe that she was worthless. What they did to her plays a big role in what happens at the end. This book has teenagers struggling with pressure, pain, sacrifices, love, friendship, and angst. To me personally, it makes me realize how lucky I am to have the life that I’m living and it makes me never want to see or hear anybody ever be bullied or pressured again.
I think that this book is more for teenage girls because the whole book has teenage girls going through things that many people have to go through in high school. Sam is a dynamic character because she begins the story not caring about how she affected all of the people around her and she was selfish and rude. But by the end of the story, Sam had realized how much she really had to live for, but she was ready to give it all up for one girl who needed a second chance at life.

Andrea P., age 12
April 7, 2014
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