Life on repeat

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

The moment of death is full of heat and sound and pain bigger than anything, a funnel of burning heat splitting me in two, something searing and scorching and tearing, and if screaming were a feeling it would be this. Then nothing.


Samantha Kingston (Sam) is a popular high school senior and today is Friday, February 12th, Cupid Day, her favorite. Today she knows that she and her popular friends will receive many roses. But the day doesn't end as she expected. She goes to a party with her friends and on the way home, they get into an accident and Sam dies... then she wakes up to her alarm and realizes it's February 12th again. Was it just a dream? Was it a vision? Sam doesn't know what is going on, but she continues to relive Cupid Day, over and over again. She tries to figure things out. She tries to change things, but nothing seems to work. Can she save herself and her friends?


First of all, I have to say that I didn't read the book jacket right before I read the book. I might have read it when I first bought the e-book, but I forgot what it was about. It was on my Kindle, so I read it. I was surprised by what happened.


I was kind of bored with the book until the accident. It just seemed like the same old high school story and really didn't interest me. Then Sam woke up and her day was repeating. That peaked my curiosity. I wanted to know why the day was repeating and if Sam would change and become a better person. It reminded me a lot of Groundhog Day (the movie) but I still enjoyed it very much. The characters were very strong. I loved some, hated others and even sympathized with others. I cringed when the popular girls were mean and it broke my heart when the unpopular kids were treated so poorly.


Recommended to:

Older teens and adults. There is a lot of talk about sex and there is drinking, so it might not be appropriate for younger teens.

All in all, if you like high school stories and stories where characters have a chance for redemption, you will enjoy this book.