Before I fall
2nd March 2010 by Harper
For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.
Even though this book has a ton of unnecessary pages, I skimmed through pretty quick, maybe because sometimes it was so boring I skipped a few lines here and there. The concept isn’t new, but is definitely standing out in front of all other YA books. Re-reading about the same day seven times was a pain, and the characters were what they didn’t seem to be every different day. I do wish they had edited and made the book shorter, but it was a good read anyway. It was kind of like mean girls and Sam was as interesting as a character can get in high school. I don’t like the cover though, its just text-slap. And it makes the book look like it has a happier, brighter side, whereas the book deals with death and correcting of wrong doings.
“I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.”
“Sometimes I’m afraid to go to sleep because of what I’m leaving behind.”
“It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It’s never occurred to me before; I’ve never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.”
“That’s the thing about best friends. That’s what they do. They keep you from spinning off the edge.”