Book vs Film #1 Before I Fall

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Back in 2010, when I still read YA books, I discovered Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. The novel became an instant favorite and I absolutely loved the fun mix between Groundhog Day and Mean Girls. I’ve always enjoyed this type of “time-traveling” concept and the story also featured a powerful message. I’m a sucker for stories that include strong character development and this is a perfect example.

Years later, I still remembered the book fondly, but I’d often wondered if I would enjoy it that much had I read it now for the first time. So when I saw that the film adaptation had been released this year, I decided to watch it in order to prove my point. Was I too “old” for Before I Fall? Would the film version spoil my idealized vision of the book?

95 minutes and many tears later, I realized that the film was actually as powerful & magic as the book. And this is how film adaptations are done, Hollywood! Before you say anything, I admit I cry easily and I might’ve been overly emotional the day I watched it, but believe me, I hadn’t enjoyed a teen flick since Hailee Steinfeld’s The Edge of Seventeen.

Before I Fall was surprisingly smart, tender and emotional. The young actors were good and the script perfectly captured the novel’s essence.  As Sam keeps living the same day over and over again, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would do in that situation. And who doesn’t love a good redemption story? Can’t wait to watch it again!

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

19 thoughts on “Book vs Film #1 Before I Fall

  1. I loved the book and recently watched the film too (through many, many tears). I liked the film but still preferred the book as I thought the film was a little too light on the relationship with her sister and the investigation into why it was happening.

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  2. I’m so glad to hear that the movie was good!! I wasn’t planning on watching it because I read the book a long time ago and enjoyed it (but didn’t love it) so I figured the movie probably wouldn’t be as good as the book, and therefore I probably wouldn’t like it. But now I think I might just see it after all!

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  3. Excellent post! I still have to read this one as well as the movie, but I’m definitely hoping to do so soon. Good to hear they are good!

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  4. Same as you!! I really enjoyed it! I am a big fan of Zoey’s so I had to watch it and before hand I read it and i felt ao emotional about it too!! I had only previously read another Lauren Oliver movel and wasn’t sold at all. But this one really got to me! But as movies go, I still preferred the other one you mentioned, The Edge of Seventeen. I know they had nothing in common except for highschool but still that one brought back so many feelings and at the same time was such a fun one to watch and rewatch!

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  5. This is such a lovely review 💕
    I haven’t read the book yet, but I have seen the trailer for the movie and I really want to go see it. I’m so happy it was an accurate adaptation and that you liked it 😊

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