By: Lauren Oliver
Listening Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
Published: March 2nd 2010
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death-and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
Not only captivating me but also my daughter (9 years old), I found myself not just listening to this while driving or working at the computer, but often you could find us huddled around the Bluetooth speaker listening and gazing into nothingness as the story came alive around us.
The story follows Samantha Kingston and the day that was supposed to be the last day of her life. Sort of like the movie Groundhog but a teenage drama filled version.
I enjoyed this quick listen only to realize that it was actually 12 1/2 hours long. It really didn’t seem that way. I also did quicken the speed. I felt it gave Sam more of a teen personality especially when she went on her rants to herself.
This is not just about a girl who in an essence it reliving a horrible day but more about a girl finally understanding the world around her and how her actions affect other. She also learns more about her friends and family in this short repeating tale as the day repeats.