Why I liked it: The main character, Sam is impossible not to like. She is confident and sassy at times, vulnerable and insecure at others. On some of her "retakes," she is kind and thoughtful, and on other "retakes" she is her own woman,brutally honest and refusing to play by the rules of social order. She is trying to cover up a nerdy past, but also enjoys a close knit friendship full of laughter, inside jokes, and silly hijinks. Like the characters in Panic, another of Lauren Oliver's novels, those in Before I Fall were believable rather than stereotypical teenagers.
Classroom application: This is definitely a title I would add to my high school classroom library and would be a popular pick among female students.
The novel would be an interesting pairing with Ray Bradbury's short story "A Sound of Thunder" as both deal with the idea of "the butterfly effect," one one event or action impacts another in the future.
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