Monday, April 26, 2010
The best book of the new year so far. Before I fall is a shockingly ppwerful book about a girl who dies in a car crash early in the book and then gets to relive that day 7 times. Of course, every change she makes has differing conseqences.
What makes this book so effective is not just the unique story or the powerful ending; what makes this story is that at the beginning you do not really like the narrator. She is popular and somewhat of a bitch. Oliver's vivid creation of how today's popular kids act, speak, etc is so dead-on you would think she is still in high school.
the book is also about the little things in life. The book is full of chance encounters and trivial moments of life that all balance into one crashing finale. In the end, Oliver has written a book, that like Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why, will leave you questioning life long after it is done.