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Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

Published: 2010-02-14
Kindle Edition : 499 pages
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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 ...

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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 Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly.

Editorial Review

In this Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls teen hybrid, Sam Kingston is pretty, popular, and has a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a late-night party everything goes terribly wrong, and the life that she lived is gone forever. Or is it?

At the start of Before I Fall, Sam is self-consumed and oblivious about the impact of her actions on others. But as she repeatedly experiences slightly altered versions of the hours leading up to her death—and her relationships with friends, family, and formerly overlooked classmates bloom, end, or shift—it’s impossible not to feel for the girl whose life ends too soon. Oliver’s adept teen dialogue and lively prose make for a fast, page-turning story in which the reader is every bit as emotionally invested as Sam. --Jessica Schein

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by tlathan (see profile) 03/08/18

 
  "Somewhat engaging though not earth-shattering"by English_like_the_muffin (see profile) 09/10/12

Before I Fall is the story of a typical high school "mean girl" who, when killed in an accident, is forced to re-live her last day 7 times in a row a la Groundhog Day. I generally enjoy read... (read more)

 
  "Pretty good"by KWest (see profile) 07/17/11

I thought this book was pretty good for a YA novel. At first I hated the feeling of reliving high school and having this inside look at the mean girls. After the initial story line gets laid down, I... (read more)

 
  "Stephani's review of Before I Fall"by Stephani (see profile) 11/15/10

Written for a younger crowd. However, our group was still able to find enough to discuss about relationships, peer pressure, "mean girls", etc.

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