Reviewed by Johnathan Zeringue
Before I Fall is a realistic fiction novel written by Lauren Oliver. The plot centers on February 12th when Samantha Kingston’s world changes after one tragic accident. Oliver’s realistic fiction story tests Kingston’s courage when she has to make a terrifying decision.
On February 12th, it is just another normal day for Samantha Kingston. She attends the Cupid’s Day party with her heartless friends; suddenly, everything changes when she is killed in a car crash. Yet, the real struggle just begins as she is forced to live the same day over and over again. Her task is simple: Discover the true meaning of what it means to love. As she learns about life decisions, she must make a difficult choice—Let her friend suffer and live or help her while she risks everlasting death. Throughout her experience, Sam learns to make friends and to live life to the fullest.
Before I Fall encourages me to make every moment count. I strongly recommend this novel to youths, who love a powerful message and want to remain on their toes until the very end.
Johnathan Zeringue was a graduating senior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. He enjoys running and reading. In the fall he will attend Mississippi State University and major in chemical engineering.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.