Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Samantha Kingston looked like she had the perfect life: she was super popular and a trendsetter at Jefferson High, she got first choice of everything from a great parking space to the best table in the cafeteria, and she had a super hot boyfriend. But we all know life isn’t always as straigtht-forward as it looks. When Sam is killed in a car accident on the way home from a party one Friday night, she relives her last day of life seven different times. As she tries to make substantive changes each time, readers begin to see the cracks and imperfection in Sam’s life as she struggles to “make things right.”
Themes in this book include the tenuousness of life, getting second (and third and fourth!) chances, redemtion, and the consequences of bullying. I absolutely adored this title. It felt very realistic and it was interesting to get into the mind of a high school “mean girl” to see how things look from that rarely written about perspective.