By: Lauren Oliver
Review by: Juli Helms
I'm a big fan of Lauren Oliver, and it's about time I do a review on Before I Fall!
Before I Fall is heartbreakingly beautiful. It's a story of transformation, a story of choices, but most of all, it's a story of hope. The characters held me in their grasps and I couldn't escape, and afterwards I would cry just thinking about the story, what befalls Kent and the others, when Sam decides to do what she does. This book was emotionally drenching, and I felt an immediate connection to Sam, even though I despised her personality in the beginning.
The characters of Before I Fall were all multi-dimensional, from Sam herself to the angel who gave her Kent's rose. The voices of the characters were captured realistically, so much so that this book had me engrossed in its story. I have a short attention span. Parallel episodes almost never work for me. But it did, this time.
This book had me trapped in its whirlwind passages, a mixture of doubt and certainty, opposites that blended together to form a fantastic combination that had me up and down and I just couldn't decide on anything except to turn the page, turn the page.
Lauren has a beautiful prose. There's a sense of immediacy in her words, and the use of descriptions add only spice, not distraction.
I have been a fan of Lauren Oliver from the beginning, and I have a feeling I'll be for a very long time.