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Book Review: Before I Fall

Hey, guys! Last post of 2016. (Whoo!)

As I’m typing this, I’m 2 hours and 45 minutes away from 2017 (I live in a GMT +8 time zone) and I decided to make this like only a moment before because I was watching the Before I Fall trailer for the nth time.

Speaking of which, this post is going to be a review on the Before I Fall novel written by Lauren Oliver and published on 2010.


So the story is about a 17-year-old girl who is living the life of a popular Mean Girl senior. It starts on Cupid Day on her last year in senior high and one of her schoolmates, a childhood friend who became a nerd to her as they grew up, invited everyone to a party at his house while his parents were out of town.

She, along with her best friends and boyfriend, goes later at night to the party. There, she and her friends sees this girl, who they’ve been constantly bullying and calling her psycho, and they poured beer on her and pushed her around, where everyone else at the party did the same to her until she left. The four of them leaves shortly after and meets an accident.

The main character wakes up and realizes that she’s reliving and experiencing the last day of her life, which goes on for another 5 days, except that she was already started to look at the situations at different views and trying to figure out everything that has happened in her life.


I am so sorry. This is the simplest plot I could ever write without spoiling most of the parts. It’s a bit vague, as I didn’t really delve into the important parts of the book but once you read it, you’ll understand it.

This book is one of my favorites and I couldn’t stop reading it. I love it so much that I downloaded an e-Book and read it every time I have nothing to do.

It’s a beautiful story for me, as it didn’t end with the main character not doing anything important, as she was a snobbish teen when she was still living. As the story goes on, she realized what has been going on with everything from others’ points-of-view instead of hers only. Her character grew from irritating to likable, her persona simply blossomed, her understanding of others broadened.

The other characters were also pretty likable, but my favorite was simply her childhood friend. At times, I felt sorry for him the way his former friend treated him for the past years but at most times I’m just “Yeah, you go! Show the world!” whenever he speaks up.

The lesson of the story (probably) is that it’s never too late to change yourself. There are many possibilities in life that you could ever imagine and the path that you’re taking will always be your choice, although those possibilities could still come any time in life and would lead to a whole other different situation.

And death? It’s always there waiting at a specific time in your life. Don’t be scared, though, as every person in this world is headed to the same direction, although from different paths.

Like what Gandhi had said: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

I am so sorry. That must have not made any sense at all. Probably because I’m so excited that 2017 is fast approaching? Or I feel sleepy because I haven’t slept since yesterday afternoon? Or it’s surreal that 2016 is ending?

Anyways, I’ve watched the trailer of the book, as I’ve said above, and I loved it. Although I saw that it was slightly different from the book, I couldn’t care less right now because I’ve been waiting for an adaptation for ages.

Go check out the book if you haven’t yet, and then go watch the movie trailer afterward… Or you could do it the other way around. It’s up to you.

The movie will be released on the 3rd of March this 2017.

Happy New Year to all!

Love,

-Claude

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