A novel written by Lauren Oliver.
If you’ve watched 50 First Dates, then the concept of reliving the same day everyday is not new to you. Before I Fall, however, is nowhere near giving you the same 50-First-Dates-feels. Belonging to a clique which seems to be the millennial version of mean girls, the main character (Samantha) finds herself waking up to the same day – the day when she ended up dying. In pursuit to break the “curse,” she tries to change certain details of her day, hoping to change how it’s going to end. No matter how she changes her actions however, she can’t seem to escape death.
I will end there since I don’t want to spoil you, so I’m just going to go and share with you some lines which, in one way or another, I found myself highlighting.
“Funny how you can know your friends so well, but you still end up playing the same games with them.”
“If you repeat something enough, you can almost make yourself believe it.”
“It’s weird how much you can know about someone without knowing everything.”
“…and I suddenly wish I could remember each one singularly, like somehow if I could remember them all, I could have them back.”
“A good friend keeps your secrets for you. a best friend helps you keep your own secrets.”
“Is it still falling if it has no end?”
“…hope keeps you alive.”
“I used to think that’s what love was: knowing someone so well he was like a part of you.”
“It’s like the idea of him is better than the him of him.”
“Mistake, mistake, mistake. A strange word: stinging somehow.”
“I suppose that’s the secret, if you’re ever wishing for things to go back to the way they were. You just have to look up.”
“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.”
“I vowed after that day that I would be your hero, too, no matter how long it took…”
“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”
“I guess that’s what saying goodbye is always like – like jumping off an edge.”