Before I Fall

Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver

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With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.

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.

Before I Fall is now a major motion picture Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Kian Lawley. Named to numerous state reading lists, the novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061987496
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 42,300
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.”

Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

What People are Saying About This

Jay Asher

“This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!”

Carolyn Mackler

“Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live—and die.”

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Before I Fall Enhanced Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1573 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i bought this book i wanted something that would make me stay up untill midnight reading. Since im completley against books with and kind of sexual interactions anymore than kissing. I made the mistake of going through with books worse (i mean with sexual interactions, not the plot or story) and it made me very umcomfortable. I had not wanted something with swearing, smoking or drinking in it either. The story itself was fine, but it still made me wish i hadn't bought it. If you dont want something with that stuff in it, don't get this book. If you aren't bothered by that, then but it, because it still has a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just once i would like to come to the review site and not not have plot spoilers ruin a book for me by revealing the ENTIRE book in their so called review then brag how they got their book for free for their * honest* review. You ppl make me sick. First off, your so called honest review isnt honest. It is bought by your free book. You are then in turn telling the entire book ruining it for others who has to pay for their copy. Just state if you like it or not. Dont dissect the entire book, sentence by sentence, chapter by chapter. Believe it or not, we can read and do not need you to tell us what the book is about, so STOP WITH THE DISSERTATIONS!!!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i was a bit nervous to read the book because it sort of appeared to be about a snotty girl who deserved to die. I had nothing to fear. As the story progressed i fell in love with the plot. Don't worry i won't spoil it but it was an amazing and wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also has a good lesson and story line. Love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am extremely disapointed because I had expected this book to be downright AMAZING basing my judgment off of reviews. I stopped reading this book because of how inappropriate it was. I understand that the main character, Sam, is going to redeem herself by reliving Cupid's Day until she gets it right. I felt uncomfortable. If it was just during one or two scenes, I would have continued reading. But it dragged on not only for the entire first chapter, but in random scattered places throughout thr book. There was much sexual content and one part is described in detail. The characters were also participating in smoking and heavily drinking. I do not reccomend this for anyone under 12 and anyone who does not feel comfortable reading this content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out with a clearly shallow, self absorbed, naive main character who could not see past the storyline that was her life. I didnt like Samantha at all at first, and i think Lauren Oliver wanted it that way and executed it to perfection. Sometimes when authors try to make us dislike the character, they end up making the characters unbelievable and unrealistic but Oliver can make Samantha the perfect realistic character that no one likes. But as the story progresses, i begin to fall in love with Samantha, in a sense, and her world and even her equally shallow friends who develop their own depth. Oliver has a knack for equally distributing the weight of topics throughout the plot, giving us just enough mushy romance, hilarious one-liners, crazy drama, heart wrenching life truths, and even cringe-worthy moments without making everything feel like too much. All of Samantha's decisions while experiencing her last day of life repeated are realistic and reflect exactly what any teenage girl would do while processing everything changing around her. Each character is likable and unlikable and i found that my first impressions of characters were changed by the end of the book, which almost never happens for me, showing that character development is evident, unlike most YA books. I have to say, the ending was perfection and am glad that Oliver didnt give in to the temptation to finish the book off the way most authors would, making the ending rich and memorable, not cheap. One will walk away from this book with eyes opened to new things about life and little wiser about what one has, making it a very worthwhile read. HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO PEOPLE WHO ARE FANS OF ALL GENRES! DEFINITELY WORTH YOUR TIME TO READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at a store readthe first couple pages and was interested but latwr the gets really exciting I loved it I have all the otger books by her!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and fell in love with it right away. I read this book and it did make me think a little. I have recomende dthis book to so many people and they are dying to read it!! This book is a must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was boring and fell flat. I like this authors other books but I was not impressed with this one. The book was very repetitive and did not hold my interest. When I pick up a book i read it all the way through, but I was actually excited for this book to end. If your looking for an amazing books to read I suggest the Delirium and Divergent series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it got boring since she did the same day a dozen times, ending was pathetic...
kmartling6 More than 1 year ago
“They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.” Before I Fall is Lauren Oliver’s debut novel written about a girl, Sam Kingston, who is trapped in the day of her death- February 12th, or Cupid Day. In the beginning of the novel, she is shallow and mean. She thinks she can get away with anything because of her popularity and doesn’t believe that consequences apply to her. After the car crash, Sam wakes up and realizes that she is trapped in the same day. At first, she takes steps to prevent her death, only this time her survival led to someone else’s suicide. Sam cannot carry that guilt around, so she starts on a different mission: to save Juliet-the girl who commited suicide. On her journey, she struggles with many things such as bullying, self-confidence, and self-sacrifice while she is reliving the same day seven times. One main theme of this novel is fate versus free will. On the seventh day, Sam decides to give her life to Juliet, giving her life a positive meaning. She is thinking about everyone else she loves before herself and putting their needs first. Because of this, she comes to realize that her life is a short one. She decides that life isn’t about how much time you have, but how well you use it. Lauren Oliver is an amazing author. Her skillful writing made me want to tear through this book. I could really connect to the characters’ emotions and understand what they were going through because of her use of descriptive words and phrases. Personally for me, the most moving part was when I realized that my actions can really have an impact on other people. We never know when we will die, so we have to live our life to the fullest every day and make an impact in the world. Because we may never get a chance to relive the same day seven times, we should always put others first, and try to make our mark on them. This book was really good, but in my opinion, not as good as Lauren Oliver’s other books: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. I read those book before I read this one, and I think I was expecting more out of this one because of all the other great reviews it had on it. The novel itself was not bad, but in my opinion not the best thing I have read. I would rate this book four out of five stars because I was expecting more from Oliver’s bestselling book, that was just recently turned into a movie.
Samantha_Hooker More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The writing style submerges you into the story, helping you connect with Sam along her bumpy road to redemption. Because of this novel, I cherish my time with my friends, my family, and others because we will never know when we will be gone. At the start, I did not like Sam as a character. She angered me because she seemed like a typical slacker student; copying from others, drinking and partying all night; the list goes on. As the story progresses, she questions many decisions she has made. Oliver takes the conflicted feelings of a teen and throws them onto a life or death situation, creating the ultimate pairing. She was one of the most popular girls in school, would flirt with her much older teacher, and whenever someone did something nice to her, she would bash them for it in front of everyone. She also blamed everyone else for her problems. The first few days, she thinks only of herself and makes decisions based on her own selfish wants. After these days, she jumps out of her stereotypical bratty teenager shell and creates a better version of herself. But let’s go over one of the dysfunctional things in her life; her relationships. The first one that comes to mind is her relationship with her family. Her mom doesn’t come into her room because of a severe argument in their past, she brushes of her little sister whenever she tries to talk to her, and she hasn’t gone out of her way to say she loves her parents or sister in a long time. Lots of issues. The way Sam thought of these issues was that she would have all the time in the world to fix them, so she would just procrastinate and reassures herself by saying she will do it later. One of my favorite steps forward for Sam in this novel was when she told her mom that she loved her. This helped pave the way for the day she spent with her little sister, even though her sister ultimately did not remember it. This also helps her cherish the time she got to spend with her family, even if it wasn’t always the best. The next relationship is her relationship with her “friends.” At the start, it seems like they are all great friends who have conquered social awkwardness and life issues together. But in actuality, they are regular people with regular issues. For example, on the second day, Sam says a list of things that they all never talk about. One that especially sticks out is that there used to be a joke taunting Sam, and the person who came up with it was her best friend, Lindsay. They try to make their friendship seem perfect so nobody can find out the issues between them and use it against them. This is what ultimately puts Sam in a bad position. One of the days, she does everything correctly (at least in her mind) and is nice to everyone. This helps fix things with her friends, but does not fix what ultimately needs to be repaired. Another day, she gets mad at them and doesn’t talk to them. After not talking to them, she realizes just how much they mean to her and how they affect her. Overall, what I took from the book was cherish what you have. It has great life lessons, progressive character development, and it gives the ability to think your actions through. Sam changes so much over only seven days, and she has had a profound effect on the other people in her novel. From the start of the book, it was building up to her losing her life for someone else. And this, in my opinion, is what truly puts the book together in the best way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The end left me a little brokenhearted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most powerful reads I have ever read. It is the only book that has ever made me actually cry. It was excellently written, and all of the characters were so real and beautifully developed. This book truly makes you think, and takes you on a heart wrenching emotional rollercoaster. There is never enough time to say goodbye, and as this book proves, you may not kniw when you have to say goodbye, either. Live so that you won't regret anything, because life is a gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took my breath away. The amazing character transformation, the unique plot, and the sheer brilliance in conveying a strong moral through a teenage girl's eyes, perfectly connected every aspect of this book! I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a book with many interesting twists and a relatable perspective. Enjoy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book now and it is a very touching at the heart.... <3&hellip;&hellip; cant wait to finish it!!! I recemend this to everyone.. especially people like me who LOVE to read..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So exiteing it gives you goose bumps!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really got attached to Sam as she struggles to make sense of everything and get it just right
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is now one of my favorites! It is a bit inapppropiate, 13;and older is a good age group to read this. This book reminded me of the movie ground hog day because she keeps reliving the same day over and over. Many people are confused about the ending so i will explain it. Dont keep reading this review if u dont want the ending to be spoiled for u. The whole point was for sam to save juliet by risking herlife. Sam had to die to save juliet. I was confused at first too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only 13 pages onto the book and I know thats not much but im hooked. It was almost instantanious. Love it! Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so good just by reading info. Then when i accualy read it i was woundering when she would die the when juelt killed herself i felt bad about it but this book would be rated 100 out of 10 if I was able to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like a good book from all of the reveiws makes me want to the book even more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just absolutely beautiful.