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    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
    240 pages
    Reviewed by THE BOOK DEALER

    Samantha “Sam” Kingston and her friends, Lindsey, Ally, and Elody are several of the most popular girls in school. Sam’s life drastically changes on Cupid Day, the day that reinforces who is “in” and who is “out,” based on roses received from peers.
     

    That night after attending an unsupervised teen party with her friends, Samantha gets in the car with a drunk driver, crashes, and dies. For seven days, Sam is forced to relive the day of her death. This gives her a lot of time to think about how she and her friends have treated others, as well as to fully grasp what it means to love. Through this week, which is reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day, Sam is given the opportunity to make changes to her life and the lives of others.
     
    This is a thought-provoking novel that young adults and adults will ponder long after the last page. The reality of not knowing which day will be your last allows for serious contemplation about life and the people we touch each day.
     

     

    Notes to Teachers: Due to the nature of the book, this book would serve high school students the best. While there are not any graphic scenes in terms of violence, the psychological aspects of the crash may resonate too intensely for younger students.
    Suggestions for Possible Concepts: Mortality, Personal Limits, and Survival

    Elizabeth Weibley
    Tampa, Florida

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