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Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 17, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Before I Fall is rated 3.8462 out of 5 by 26.

What if you only had 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: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 1.14 in

Published: October 17, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061726818

ISBN - 13: 9780061726811

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional Experience This novel pulls the reader into Sam's life, as Sam begins to discover herself and her emotions so does the reader. The repetition of the same day can seem frustrating and redundant at times. However, once the novel nears the end it is hard no to be hopeful that Sam will find a way to save them all, to make the right choice, to find her "happy ending."
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it I'm in love with Lauren Oliver, especially after reading this! It's absolutely crazy. Sam is popular and has basically everything. But then she wakes up on the SAME DAY of the day that she thought she had died in a car accident. She tries again and again to not have to go through the same day over again, tries to avoid her death. She just ends up waking up on the same day, again. At the beginning of the book, honestly, I didn't like Sam. She was that popular girl who looked down at everyone who wasn't at the top of the social ladder. To say the least, she was a major jerk. Sam and her friends were the popular ones and they made fun others, tormented others. You could tell that Sam didn't have the best of relationships with her parents or her sister. As I read the book, I enjoyed just watching her turn into a different person. Watching as she finally realized her mistakes and tried to correct them each time she woke up again, on the same day. It really shows how sometimes, we just take a lot of things for granted. How one day you can suddenly lose everything you had. By the end, she's a completely different person who is much more lovable and a better person at the core. The only problem was that it was a bit slow at the beginning, but it played out nicely. This book was cool because each time she woke up, you'd think that things would be the same, but each time, the outcome was different. Before I Fall was a beautifully written book that made me appreciate life a lot more. I'd like to say "Live everyday like it could be your last. Take chances.", though that doesn't give you the right to be downright mean and rude. Just treasure everything and every moment. What would you do if you knew that today was your last day?
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had me in a daze... This book was one of the most heavily influenced books I've ever read-fans of both Groundhog Day and Mean Girls are in for a literary match made in heaven. I'm glad I recently came across an interview with Lauren in which she stated (somewhat) that this book was intended to explore elements of both movies/ideas. (Also, I know reference is actually made in the book about the movie Groundhog Day). It just slightly bothered me to read just how similar the demeanor of the four girls in the book were TO the 4 female leads in Mean Girls (did anyone else notice this?). I won't expand on that though, because I really did enjoy that movie. I loathed the protagonist in this book. Samantha Kingston was an arrogant, snotty, and delusional little wreck, and I wondered at times if I was even going to be able to finish the book-but I was intrigued. As much as I hate story lines ripped from existing ones, I have to admit that I needed, almost yearned, to find out how her character was going to evolve; how Sam would concur each "new" day. It seemed like it took her so ridiculously long to come to any sensible conclusions, that I found myself, literally, yelling out loud at the book (or, uh..my phone..read it as an ebook). Towards the end, I still don't think I was able to completely feel Sam's sincerity, if I can call it that, but my GOD..it has been forever since a book has made me look within myself the way this one caused me to do. Lauren wrote some extremely powerful lines within these pages, words that really hit home for me personally-and by the end of it all, I was pretty much in pieces: "I shiver, thinking about how easy it is to be totally wrong about people-to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think it's the effect or vice versa" Here's one of the things I learned that morning: if you cross a line and nothing happens, the line loses meaning. It's like that old riddle about a tree falling in a forest, and whether it makes a sound if there's no one around to hear it. You keep drawing a line farther and farther away, crossing it every time. That's how people end up stepping off the edge of the earth. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to bust out of orbit, to spin out to a place where no one can touch you. To lost yourself-to get lost." This book just had an overall magical feel for me. Intended or not,Lauren Oliver's descriptions, the way she painted the world around her characters..had me in a daze. I pretty much lived for scenes between Sam and Kent, I don't think I've ever rooted for a possible pairing more than I rooted for them. I want to give this book 4 stars, but I'm torn between hating that it reminded me of Mean Girls so much, and liking how it affected me. *Sigh*..so 3.5 it shall stay..
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insanely good! When i read the summary of this book, i wasn't too sure if it sounded interesting enough to read. But when my sister told me it was good, i had to pick it up. It was a super long book, but my god, it was amazing. This was the first time i've read Lauren Oliver's novels. She made this story so inspiring.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I truly loved Before I Fall because it's unique. You don't find many books like this. These days mostly every book is about vampires (which I still love). If you love books that make you cry and are romantic, pick this book up! Trust me, you'll enjoy it!
Date published: 2012-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way Too Long To Get Into. :/ I found the book a little boring. I didn't get into it untill basically the end of the book. Maybe it was just me, but I think the Idea was really good and cool. I liked the book, But it was a little too slow for my taste. The characters were awesome though. I mean they were well descibed and not all at once, and I loved how the author make people more or less important thoughtout different parts of the books. The plot, as I said, was really really slow. I didn't start liking it or getting into it till about the ending. The settings were good and I loved how the author added detail about the scenes thoughout the different days. :/
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from slow and boring the story line could've been great but turned out to be so slow and boring i felt like i was reading the same chapter over and over again because nothing really changed except a few of her word of narriation
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good story I agree, it was repetitive and sometimes long. I enjoyed the author's other books and I like her style of writing. But yeah. she's a popular girl who gets everything her way.... some what long and hard to feel sympathy for at times. Decent book, but don't judge the author solely on this book.... In my opinion, she's got some other great ones
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Last year, my class did an in-class book club. We got into small groups and chose a book. This is the book that we chose to read. At the beginning, it was a really slow book and I didn't think that I was going to enjoy reading it much. All it really talked about was drugs, alcohol and sex, not all that great for grade eight students. Then things started to get a little more interesting, events started to involve Juliet and Kent more. Still, lots of talk about partying and what goes on there but not half as bad as it was at the start. Nearing the end, I was liking the book a lot. The ting that REALLY ruined it for me, was the ending. The book had so much great potential and then, it just had a really crappy finale. To sum it sup, bad beginning, great middle, horrible end.
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! You can read all of my reviews at http://alluringreads.blogspot.com "You know how most rumours start? Because someone feels like it." Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is officially #1 on my favourite book list (ya I said it). It is the most relevant book I have ever read, reading it brought me back to the time in my life that I hated the most, high school. That little blip in your life that, at the time, feels like the final stage of your life. That's it, your an adult, who you are is who you are going to be for the rest of your life, who your with is who you will marry and who your friends are will be your friends till the end. But in the end, that's all it is, a little blip in your life that in the expanse of things doesn't mean much. I hated high school with a passion, and it was all because of girls like Samantha Kingston and Lindsay Edgecomb. The characters in this book are masterfully crafted. I absolutely loathed the girls in the beginning of the book, they made me so mad that I actually felt angry. But as Before I Fall goes on, the layers of them become exposed through memories Sam has of the past. The transformation our MC goes through is beautiful. We watch her come out of her little bubble and have some shocking realisations about her life and how her actions affect the people around her. My feelings for Lindsay also changed throughout the book, at first I hated her guts, but by the end I just felt bad for her. The issues presented are faced with an unflinching realism that brings you back to that place and makes you feel exactly how you did at that time in your life. Everything from body image, to bullying and teen suicide is handled so well that I am in awe of Lauren Oliver. This is a beautifully written book that chews you up and spits you out. I highly recommend Before I Fall to anyone looking for an Alluring Read.
Date published: 2012-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay.. It was an okay book, I found it long at some points, I skipped through some sections because it repeats often. There is a lot of babbling also I found, repeating of the same stories and the book is too long for what it's worth. I thought it would be completely different, it was okay but not great and not what I expected.. kinda disapointed
Date published: 2012-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was fabulous. The way Lauren Oliver writes is just phenomenal. She draws you in with every word. The characters in this book are nonrealistic and believable, you feel like you know them. This book was amazing. I eeccomend it to anyone.
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! I have only read the first chapter, but so far I can't put it down, between humerous parts and tear thriving parts, this book is amazing, I am excited to read on. I believe this is a great book for 13+ no younger, as for it can get vulger. :D
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The protagonist grows before your very eyes This book was amazing. There are just no simple words to describe how much I loved/hated this book. To invoke such emotions with mere words is quite the feat. The story starts off with the reader being introduced to a very superficial, materialistic girl who seems to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. She sees the world in her one-sided view, often not taking into consideration the people around her. However, that changes the night she attends a party with her best friends. That night, everything crashes in around her. Unfortunately, she wakes up and lives it all over again. Seven days. Seven tries. I honestly did not know what to expect when I heard about this book. I started off being introduced to Lauren Oliver through Delirium. A shame because this book was 1000 times better even though I did love the former. There were so many things I loved, like the unexpected collision of Mean Girls and Groundhog Day; the wonderfully spun and poetic words of Oliver; the relatable and highly realistic characters, the interesting plot, and so much more. What I loved most though was the fact that Ms. Oliver seamlessly spun a tale of a how a person grew emotionally. From the beginning to the end, it was a seamless transition. The protagonist grows before your very eyes and that is amazing. I have never read a book with so much character development that wasn't part of an entire series. To pack so much growth in seven days, and in one book is phenomenal. I hated the protagonist, I wanted her gone, I pitied her, I scoffed at her, I wanted to throw the book at the wall, I thought she deserved to die. I started to love her. I started to sympathize with her. I wanted her to live and have the happy ending she deserved now. And then I was devastated. These were the thoughts and emotions I zip-lined through as I read the book, and it was wonderful.
Date published: 2011-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Groundhog Day Rip Off - But Still Entertaining Note to Ms. Oliver - when you rip off a concept, don't mention it in your book. Regardless of the ripped-off concept, the book was still slightly flawed. Re-living the same day worked better in Groundhog Day, with it being a comedy. In a teen girl story, it was trite. I found myself skimming over most of it. Sure, in the end, there was a good message, and I did enjoy some of the characters and their interaction. And I think Lauren Oliver is a great writer - I loved Delirium...so I'll be reading more of her books!
Date published: 2011-10-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh... No Real Hype If you really wanted to read a book about loving yourself, you should read "Thirteen Reasons Why" and it wasn't even that good. I find, the people can like these novels about characters' struggles. But, they just bore me to death. I heard great reviews about Lauren Oliver, so I gave her a try. She is a wonderful writer, but this story doesn't mix with my preferences. I am more of a reader for the story, not the characters. Most of the time though, the stories I read do have good characters. If I can't get along with the character than I won't bother to pick it up. Or, if the story is good, it'll often involve good characters. The idea of the novel was what tempted me, but the character fails to meet my expectations. Sam comes across as a girl who wants to be in the popular group, and her wish did come true. I hate characters who want a life like that. I couldn't finish the novel, but I read the ending to know that KARMA does exist.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad It is a good book but after a while it gets boring. the ending sucks too. I would not consider giving this to my friends but if you like dissapointment in the end and crying, then this is the book for you. You may like it if you want, But in MY opinion, the author could have done better. Sam is a girl who does not care and her friends sre very mean. She keeps on relieving the same day. It started off with her dying the first day and going to kents party.
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review There’s only seven chapters in this book. Each chapter is the day that Samantha gets to relive which she does seven times hence seven chapters. After reading the first chapter I really wanted to throw the book down. Samantha is one those popular girls who pretty much gets the best of everything. Her and her friends are the most popular and everyone else is second best. She makes fun of others and doesn’t realize the extent of how hurtful it is. Before I Fall I so different from all the books I’ve read lately. Its like peeling back the layers of an onion. Each time Samantha wakes up and relives the day, she does things a little differently and sees things a little differently. Some of her actions affect others too like cheating on a test or getting the last parking space and she sees the different outcomes and domino effect of her actions. The book doesn’t get repetitive, you know the basic story of what’s going to happen throughout the day but each time Samantha does things a little differently that often times veer the story in a new direction. Each day, Samantha grows a little and I end up liking her a bit more. At the end, she’s so different from who she is at the beginning. Lauren Oliver truly did an amazing job with her debut novel and is one author to watch out for.
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So GOOD... until the end:( I thought this book was AMAZING! I thought it would be repetitive, as the main character, Sam, is living the same day over and over, but none of the days are the same... I found their were parts of the book where the author seemed to ramble on, and there were sections that could have been cut out, but the story is good enough that you dont notice it too much... but once i got to the end, i realized the book is not as good as i thoguht it was... its not that their is a bad ending, it is just very unclear and the wording and description is very poor... i found myself having it read it multiple times to fully understand and then wondering where the rest of the story way, as their was a lack of clousre from the end... overall though i would reconmmend this book because it was enjoyable up until the end =)
Date published: 2010-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I loved this book! It's story line was unique and the plot was original! I couldn't put this book down! The messages it had in it really got me thinking as well. I loved this book and would definitely it read again and again!
Date published: 2010-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVEEDD THIS BOOK! :) this book is SUUUPPPEERRR good:) i love the ending, it's soo sad but it's good:) this book reeeaallly reminded me of pretty little liars cast ;p so i imagined them ;p ( the cast on the show) but overall, it was an AMAZINGG book! i recommend it:)
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked the plot, not the character This book was a nice light read for me. Read it within a day. I couldn't really connect to the main character though, I always found myself skipping the paragraphs where she would recall an old memory or describe something. I didn't think her style of writing was really that captivating either. HOWEVER, I really do love the way the book ended, I thought it was so cleverly thought out. All in all, a great first book for Lauren Oliver.
Date published: 2010-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG You know it. This feeling when you just finished an incredible book and you're sitting, thinking about it, just being awe-struck. This is the kind of book that makes think, really thinks, this is a book that if you're willing to listen may change you. Sam, the main character, was an incredible narrator, I cried (a lot), I laughed and I thought all because of her. Her journey was so interesting and to see how she tried to make things right was inspiring and I really hope that people will get something from this book.
Date published: 2010-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this one before you fall :) "What if?" is one of those questions - one of those concepts - that are so open-ended and so full of limitless possibility that there's no real answer. Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall is a contemplative exploration of this intriguing concept - and it explores this enigma mightily well. Before I Fall is another one of those titles that has experienced a lot of hype, and lot of very positive early reviews. With these sorts, I'm always a little wary, because on some subconscious level, it elevates your expectations. You want to see if it lives up to its reputation, and you mostly certainly don't want to be disappointed. One of Before I Fall's fortes is the way the character interactions play out, the way their relationships are conveyed. Sure, Sam and her friends aren't perfect people - but that's what makes them real, what makes them believable in the face of such a situation. The scenes between Sam and her little sister, Izzy, are particularly touching. And for many of us with siblings who are a fair few years younger, the bond conveyed is something we can relate to. This establishes a sense of immediacy and intimacy with the story, which is always great. I'll admit - the book starts out a little slowly, and the first few days sort of meld into each other. Although I can see why they were necessary to set things up for the subsequent few days, it kind of still feels like the length could've been cut down a little. The first repeat especially, more suspension of disbelief was needed. Not for the situation, actually, but for Sam's behaviour. However, be sure to stick it out - because once Before I Fall gets going, it really gets going. With the combination of the engrossing plotline and Oliver's dynamic writing, Before I Fall takes on a magnetic pull, tugging the reader in just like its characters are endlessly being tugged together. Another unique feature of Oliver's writing here is the interspersed interludes written in second person. As a reader, there is something very engaging - and simultaneously chilling - about being addressed directly by Sam. It makes you, the reader, a part of the story. With the beginning of the novel, some of the changes from day-to-day, reliving-to-reliving, seemed to be a little bit too straight-forward, a little bit too cause-and-direct-effect. It would've been nice to see something a little more surprising, like "wow, I wouldn't have thought that such a small change could have such a big impact." Again, as the novel progressed, things got better - a lot better.The smaller details that came to light and became important, the way things were linked together, the way different aspects of characters were revealed... it was all brilliantly executed. Kent McFuller, Juliet Sykes, Sam Kingston, her posse... the way that all the characters were intertwined and brought together was very interesting to explore. And the ending - wow! Definitely one that leaves you thinking, wondering, contemplating. Thought-provoking and heartbreaking, Lauren Oliver has painted an exquisite portrait of a last day relived seven times, each time reflecting the rippling changes of small alterations.
Date published: 2010-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ive read in a long time! i looooooved this book! it was written so well and the characters were great. before i started reading it i was skeptical and thought it would be boring and predictable. but the ending is totally unexpected. and although shes living the same day over and over its not boring at all because one little thing can put the whole day on a different path. i have never read a book like this before, it talks about the difference between dieing and living and the importance to live life to the fullest because really, you never know which day will be your last. i highly reccomend this book, you will love it, i guarantee. Its a very long book but i finished it in two days, you will fly through it.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Before I Fall... Before you start reading any of this, I'd just like to mention that I would only recommend this to the females! But if you're a guy, and you'd like to read this - Go ahead! Male or not, You better brace yourself for the wildest of wildest rides ever! Oh and, this book has definitely taken over one of the top spots of my favourite books! :) Lauren Oliver did a fantastic job in writing this book! Before I Fall reaches out in different directions and uniquely displays the meaningful quality and personality of each and every day. She shows that no matter what day it is, it's always different from the other. Some days seem just like another, but they're still different! There may be just one little thing that twists the day in a different direction, because of one teeny tiny thing, a whole day turns in and faces a different path. Lauren Oliver extraordinary shows us of the differences between living, and dying. This whole book is based on a two questions, "What happens when you die" and "What happens after you die?" And this, is Lauren Oliver's theory. Another thing "before i fall" shows is that time is of the essence, priceless. Every second counts. I really can't explain this any better than the cover does! Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.
Date published: 2010-04-13

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Before I Fall

by Lauren Oliver

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 1.14 in

Published: October 17, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061726818

ISBN - 13: 9780061726811

From the Publisher

What if you only had 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: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times 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.

About the Author

Lauren Oliver burst onto the scene with her first novel, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall. This was followed by her stunning Delirium, which ALA Booklist called "another deft blend of realism and fantasy." A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, Lauren lives in Brooklyn, New York. Liesl & Po is her first novel for younger readers.

Editorial Reviews

"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." (Carolyn Mackler, author of Tangled and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, a Printz Honor book)
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