Date finished: Thursday 15th December 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
First time reading?: Yes
From Goodreads: “They say ‘live every day as if it’s your last’ – but you never actually think it’s going to be. At least I didn’t.
The thing is, you don’t get to know when it happens. You don’t remember to tell your family that you love them or – in my case – remember to say goodbye to them at all.
But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you’d want to change…?”
I’m honestly not sure what to make of this book. My opinion might well change once I’ve given it some thought and slept on it a bit, but at the moment I’m just not sure.
The story follows Sam Kingston, one of the popular girls in her school, who at the start of the book ends up wrapped around a tree trunk after a party at a school friends house. The rest of the novel follows her reliving her final day over and over, each time differently, with us learning more about different characters and what actually happened that day each time.
The conclusion of the novel made sense with the telling of the story, and it felt neatly wrapped up at the end. Nothing was left unanswered and with each day relived we learnt more about the events that led to the outcome the very first time Sam lived her final day.
I think my biggest issue was that there wasn’t really and room for character growth for anyone other than Sam. The book was well written, and executed well, but as it’s the same day over again all the other characters were reset back to their original format each time which to me meant the book felt like it was somewhat lacking, and made it a little bit predictable in places.
The concept was well executed; I just felt I didn’t connect very well with any of the characters other than Sam, and this made the book feel like it was missing something to me. I won’t let it stop me reading anything else by this author though; the pacing was wonderful and Lauren Oliver clearly knows how to write well.
That said I still found this book an interesting read. I’ve heard rumours of a movie adaptation being in the works, and I honestly think this book would translate very well into cinema. I’ll definitely keep my eyes open for it.
My rating: 6/10