So after the monstrosity I reviewed last, this book is actually quite a good one. Like, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Good: It’s fantastic. I’m telling you, seriously, buy this book immediately! The story idea is fantastic, like a groundhog day with added tragedy. It’s slick, funny, tragic, witty, acerbic, sentimental without being trite and just all-around fantasmic. Seriously. Sam Kingston and her three besties are your typical high school popular girls, pretty, clever, well-liked and oh. so. bitchy.
On February 12th a party makes everything change and Sam ends up dead. Then wakes up the next day alive again. Only it’s still February 12th. So the book follows Sam getting a second chance, a third, a fourth… It very cleverly follows DABDA while examining the whole high school idea, the butterfly effect, the fickleness of popularity, fate and the effect one person can have on another.
It’s gorgeous, simple as. A fantastic debut.
The Bad: It’s American – it’s about the American high school experience, which is different to how it works here. It’s not the same, there’s not the same emphasis on popularity and it’s just a different lifestyle. As well as that, the main character, well, she’s kind of a bitch. But that actually enhances the story in some ways. She’s a bit thick too, though. Slow to catch on. At times I was nearly yelling at the book. It’s sad, but it’s not the sad which had tears spilling down my cheeks during the climactic scene. It ended sort of… I don’t know, not abruptly, but it wasn’t… it was sudden enough. I predicted what’d happen though.
The Ugly: 4.5 out of 5.
I would recommend it without hesitation, it’s probably the best book I’ve read this year.