When I first started blogging nearly six years ago, Before I Fall was one of the YA contemporary books that was constantly mentioned by other readers. The novel narrates the tale of Samantha Kingston, a popular high school senior who is reaping the benefits of her social status on the all-important date of February 12, also known as "Cupid Day". Unfortunately, it appears that Sam's story is cut short when she dies in a terrible accident later that night. That is, until she wakes up the next morning... to relive the entire day all over again. Sam relives the last day of her life more than once, eventually coming to realize that, by making slight changes, she has the ability to change things.
I have yet to read the novel, but the premise is very thought-provoking. It's interesting to consider that, every single day, each one of us makes many choices that move our lives forward in a variety of directions. If I were in Sam's place, reliving my last day on earth over and over again, what would I do? Would I ditch all my daily duties and indulge in the things that I've always wanted to do? Would I go about my daily routine as normal? Would I do something different with the people I loved? Stories like Before I Fall are the type to really get me thinking about stuff like this, and while I never come to any conclusive answers, I've always just found the process really interesting.
When I learned that a feature film version of Before I Fall was set to come out this year, I got really excited! In fact, I made a list of three reasons why I'm looking forward to seeing it (and why you should be too):
- The plot should adapt perfectly for film. While it would be interesting to read this story, I feel like seeing it on screen will capture emotional nuances and minute changes in a much more effective way. It just feels like the kind of narrative that would be ideal for visual execution, and that's really the major reason I'm looking forward to it.
- The visuals look great. Based on the trailer (which you can watch down below), the film has a gritty, dark feel to it that I wasn't necessarily expecting. I like that it's a departure from the DCOM route, and I think that it will serve to make the subject matter even more impactful.
- Zoey Deutch. Even though I didn't love the Vampire Academy film, I loved Zoey Deutch in it! She's really good at drawing on the qualities of the character she's portraying, and I certainly expect her to effectively show audiences how Samantha changes with each day she relives.
I hope you're planning to check out Before I Fall when it hits theaters tomorrow, March 3! If you're interested in learning more, I've got you covered. You'll find the synopsis, rating, cast, social media links and trailer down below.
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Kian Lawley, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Elena Kampouris, Medalion Rahimi, Jennifer Beals
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her -- before she runs out of time for good.