So when I finally got into the book, I was surprised to read the main character, Samantha, dies in the very first chapter.
Sam is a popular (one of the most popular, she’ll tell you) high school senior who goes to a party and dies in a car wreck on the way home. As a reader, you don’t really feel bad about it because she is an absolutely horrible person. She’s mean, she’s rude, she’s disgusting on many levels.
So when she dies, it’s kind of like, oh well.
But what happens next is she has to relive (Groundhogs Day-style) the day of her death over and over again until she learns how horrible she really was. As the chapters progress, you see her work out how despicable she has been and how she can fix things.
But does her fixing it mean she gets to live?
I wanted to like Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, but I didn’t. It’s too much drama and nastiness. I didn’t like the main character, even at the end. She’s a disgusting human being, her friends are also disgusting, and her death didn’t bother me at all. (I can see where a lot of older YA readers would like this though–it’s probably just not one adults will enjoy. We know too much and are not as tolerant of stupid youths as kids are.) Thank you for reading my grouchy review. The end.