Before I Fall by Lauren Olivier

I am just going to go ahead and say it; this book is not appropriate for 5th graders – it is definitely aimed at high schoolers and even then it becomes somewhat of a self-indulgent soap opera after the first 20 pages or so.  And yet I liked it in a guilty kind of way; it took me back to the original Beverly Hills 90210 days and I did want to find out what happened next.

The book follows Sam who is a typical popular high schooler who really just cares about being popular, at least until she dies and then wakes up again the same day.  She is now supposed to figure out the big lesson of why she keeps reliving the day and how she can change it.  Interesting plot, lots of drama (sometimes too much), and definitely mature language  relationships, and actions.

Bottom-line:  Not for my classroom of 5th graders but a fast-paced summer read.

From Goodreads:
What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing


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