Before I Fall by Lauren OliverBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall

byLauren Oliver

Hardcover | March 2, 2010

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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.

Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic,andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy:Delirium, Pandemonium,andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers:T...
Title:Before I FallFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.45 inPublished:March 2, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006172680X

ISBN - 13:9780061726804

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it (No spoilers) Not typically the genre of book that I'm used too but surprisingly a good read.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE I absolutely loved this book! I read it before I watched the movie and I personally liked it much better than the movie. This book is definitely worth reading!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite After watching the movie I told myself I was going to read the book. After reading the first chapter I was already so bored. This book is so repetitive and the ending is terrible, I wouldn't recommend
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely It's a great coming of age kinda novel. I read it years before watching the movie and personally, I liked the book MUCH better!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! The author was able to tell the story of a day that repeats for the main character in a way that still keep it interesting. Loved the ending
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok I liked the ending of the book, but leading up to it was a pretty slow plot line.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you've read it ! Truly loved it and was a page-turner
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring This book so slow. I pushed myself so hard to read this book but I ended up DNF-ing it two thirds into the story.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would read again I have owned this book for YEARS now and I am glad that it was made into a motion picture. Some people are not into picking up literature and I do feel that this specific novel was written with the intention to get an important messages across and she did deliver.
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Oliver captures the essence of distinct aspects within the same day, so even though the mc lives through the same day over and over, the reader learns more without getting bored of it.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written An interesting read with many valuable lessons. Author is well written and descriptive. However, the story seemed to drag on towards the end, losing the interest of the reader.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read i actually chose this book for an english assignment and to be honest the cover of the book intrigued me.. and i do not regret reading this book at all.. i like how we see Sam grow as a person in each chapter
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than the Movie I read this book because I saw a trailer for the movie and wanted to read the book first. This book was decent and I enjoyed the story behind it. The movie was awful after reading the book. I would recommend reading the book after you watch the movie. The movie doesn't do the book justice.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love the author! I adore Lauren Oliver. Everything she stands for, and attempts to write, it makes my heart so warm. Her DELIRIUM series is incredible. This book--not so much. I get what she tried to do and I really do appreciate it, but I felt like nearly all the characters were typecasts and too dramatic. The movie itself did even less justice to the heart of the story. It's a good read overall, but nothing I'd read twice, and nothing that really inspired me to be a better person/
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite This is one book I will always love, regardless how many people don't seem to enjoy it. It had a very interesting stories and great character development for the main character. It was mostly plot driven, so if you like character driven books, it is probably not for you.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting ***Spoilers Ahead*** I really disliked Sam at first, but that is how the author intended it of course, she is a super mean popular girl. Throughout the book as she repeats the same day over and over she becomes less likable before getting better. I really liked that she came to get to know the other girl and really felt genuinely for her.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Absolutely loved this story. It had such an interesting concept and gives a great message for teenagers about how their actions impact others. It was great to see Samantha grow as a character throughout the book. Now I can't wait to see the movie, and I hope it holds up to the book.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking The ending broke my heart but was so amazing. Managed to make me feel at peace but also sad and angry and happy all at once
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book filled with good life lessons. I enjoyed this book but I wish the ending was different.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book filled with good life lessons. I enjoyed this book but I wish the ending was different.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book filled with good life lessons. I enjoyed this book but I wish the ending was different.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good novel, great message Good read, glad I bought it last summer to read.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Its okay Its an okay book i just didnt enjoy it
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Before I Fall Very interesting book! It was a little confusing that there were references to SO many characters, I found a had to flip back and forth a little bit to try and refresh my memory of who the names belonged to. I also wasn't fond of the beginning because of how Sam flips back and forth in time, I wish there had been more consistency to her giving background information and the present day. The plot was good, I didn't feel it was too repetitive despite the fact that it's the same day 7 times. I wish there had been an explanation as to why she was the only one living the same day over and over and how it happened.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Goos I thought this was a pretty good read. It was a cute story with some hints mystery and love. It kept me hooked to get to the end and find out the conclusion!! Overall, good, easy read!!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Concept! I love the incompleteness of this novel. It gives you enough information to draw some of your own conclusions but it doesn't feel like you are being led in any direction. The story leaps off the page and into the reader because it really makes you think about your own "greatest hits" (read the book to find out what this means) and what kind of a person you've been in your life.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Message I enjoyed this book. It is inspiring!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Message I enjoyed this book. It is inspiring!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I liked this book a lot. Great message for teens/YA.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I knew nothing about this book before I picked it up and it was such an amazing read the entire way through.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loving it! Was given as a gift and I cannot put it down! Cant wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I read this novel when it first came out (and this was before the other movies with the same "loop" time concept) and loved it. Love most of her novels. Can't wait to see this movie!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great Make no mistake, the protagonist (cannot say heroine, here) is NASTY. She is an absolute snob who the author tries to convince you time and time again that she's really changing through the book, but all decisions the character makes for the better are purely selfish-driven. She even only tries to save a girl from suicide since she thinks it will benefit HER! Could not identify with the character at all.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! I couldn't put this book down! It was so good. This is definitely a page turner. It is a great mix of teenage drama, romance, and mystery. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better as you go This book is told over 7 days, well 7 repeat of a day. At first I didn't really like the story because the first day/chapter is told by a popular girl who thinks she's above everyone else, and she does mean things to people who have done absolutely nothing to her and doesn't even consider the repercussions. As the days go by though I found the book got better, Sam Kingston grows into a different, better person with each day, she becomes a completely new person who is kind. She realises just how toxic those are around her and how they've changed her into someone she should be ashamed of. Sam starts to realize she almost nothing about those she has considered her friends and they really don't know anything about her either. In this book their is only one person who has ever really excepted her anyway she was and in the end she doesn't realize that until it's too late and it's heartbreaking because he was there from the very beginning. This book is beautifully written and I would recommend reading it
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A book that really makes you think and reflect on your life.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the right demographic So, I am older than the normal YA reader/ audience but I've grown up reading YA and still enjoy finishing the last books of certain series I've grown up with. I thought I'd give this a shot because the premise was interesting. I found that Oliver does a great job of capturing the teenage girl experience but it's very much high school writing. I would have enjoyed this book a lot more had I read it 15 years ago.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Long and boring... I was expecting much more of this book and was really disapointed
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring.... I bought this book thinking it was going to be a good one, turns out it was just boring. I only got to the middle and couldn't read anymore, I had to give up on it.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but repetative I liked it but got really repetitive at times.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read!! This is a book in my opinion that everyone should read. Really makes you sit back and think about your "greatest moments" and other moments that weren't so great. Really would recommend this to anyone looking something fresh to read.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not My Favourite The book was good at the beginning, but started to get boring near the end. :(
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I thought it was good, but the chapters would get a bit boring and too long
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story Beautiful story- can't wait for the movie on March 3rd!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story This story is amazing. I can't wait for the movie on March 3rd!!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Should be in the Teen Reading section. Can't really relate to a sixteen year old girl's existential problems. I bought this novel because the cover intro seemed interesting. Quickly found out it's a book that should be in the Teen section. Quickly goes ( for me ) from What ... ? to Boring. If they made a movie out of this, it will go the way of other summer kiddie movies: in and out and forgotten. Sorry.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Very good, touching read. Looking forward to the movie.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Memorable Story With Stunning Character Development Before I Fall was a beautiful, memorable and thoughtful novel. Lauren Oliver delivers a heartfelt tale about finding the meaning within our memories and how difficult it is to correct our mistakes. The protagonist, Sam, begins this journey as an incredibly narcissistic, naive and popular high school student but ends with a stunning amount of character development making her enormously more sympathetic. While this book could have fallen into the trap of being boring and repetitive, every day of the week felt refreshing. The detail that Oliver provides, although sometimes lengthy, allows for such vivid imagery that each yesterday feels like my own. I loved this novel and would probably read it again after it grew to resonate with me as the pages went on.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from idk I bought this book when I was in high school (5+ years ago)... I could never finish it. It was kinda boring. The movie seems really nice though. Maybe I will give it another try
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Really liked this one, it was so good, except for how it ended. That wasn't so good.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved it really touched my heart. give it a try
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wasn't My Cup of Tea If you're a fan of true YA, you might enjoy this novel. But truth be told, I didn't relate to the protagonist or find her that likable. The concept is promising, but quickly becomes repetitive and dull. The ending left much to be desired. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that great I was left feeling disappointed. I had high hopes that this would be another great YA book but it just fell flat...
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Before I Fall Predictable ending, but a great page turner.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written The main character grows and transforms before your eyes over the course of 7 relived days
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Actually Quite Interesting I thought this book was a little different thats why I picked it up. I liked the idea that she would repeat the same day, I liked how it was repetitive and boring even when you had to see her relive the same day again and again. I'm excited to see how they movie turns out to be.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting It's a decent book, didn't feel like it was struggle to get through it, which happens a lot for me cause I usually can't get through the backstory without getting distracted. It's a different type of genre in terms of young adult books, partly because it doesn't have to do so much with dystopian elements, like most books do this point
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Good read and great message for YA readers! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting For a book where the main character relives the same day, I was glad it wasn't as repetitive as I thought it would be. I liked the book overall, a good "coming of age" book for the attitude if you will, but probably like many others, was not fond of the ending (I'm a sucker for a happy ending, sue me). This book is on the long side, fair warning, but the character developments are worth it. You can live through Sam's many emotions dealing with friendship, death, doubt, family and love. Well written. A could read in preparation for the movie coming out soon!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read I read this book in one sitting because I could not put it down. Samantha Kingston is shallow, yet undeniably understandable and had me crying with every emotion she felt. This story broke my heart again and again, and I don't regret it one bit.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Wow. This book is beautiful. I actually really cried when it ended, and that doesn't happen a lot! I don't get why this book doesn't have higher ratings! I found Before I Fall's concept really unique. It's about a popular girl, Samantha, who dies and gets to relive her last day seven times. This book could've ended up being really cliché but it really wasn't.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over Hyped Before I Fall is a book that has been on my TBR list for quite sometime. And with the movie releasing in the next couple of months, I knew I wanted to go ahead and read it now, as I always prefer reading the book first before seeing the movie. I had heard so many good things about this books, and I've honestly really liked other books I've read by Lauren Oliver, but I ended up finding this one to be extremely disappointing. I didn't like Sam's character, or Lindsay, Elodie or Ally's characters either. They were all extremely mean and vindictive, and I honestly don't think they showed any character growth throughout the series. As well, I was not at all a fan of the ending, as I think in reality, it would have just caused more problems for the character involved, rather than solving anything, and due to the weird way it was written, I actually had to reread the ending a couple of times to make sure what was happening is what I thought was happening. All in all, it was definitely not a horrible read, but it wasn't what I was expecting, and I don't think I'll be recommending this one in the future.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed The main character was infuriating, and the formatting was completely confusing. I barely even understood the ending.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't get bored You'd think a book where someone relives the same 7 days would start to get bored. Although its fairly easy to know the general path the book will take, its still full of surprises and twists. I found myself feeling what Sam was feeling, and thoroughly enjoying the writing style. I would 100% recommend this book to someone looking for a quick and fun, but also emotional, read.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Good, fun read. Interesting story line. Don't know how I felt about the ending. Excited to see the movie and compare !
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Torn on if I liked the ending or not .... This was a page turner for me - I couldn't wait for her to relieve the day over and see what she did different each time. There were moments you cheered for her and others you wanted to shake her. I'm undecided on the ending ... still mulling it over to be honest if I liked it or not.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something Different I was initially intrigued because the story promised something uniquely different than the rest of the books I have read. It was a great read, throwing in many life lessons in the way while also addressing real life issues. Overall, I enjoyed the book and if you have any time on your hands, do take a chance to read it because it may chance your perspective on some social topics.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Readable but not super exciting It was sort of long and drawn out but I never once considered putting it down. Overall it was a decent read...
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Goals My favourite types of books are ones that make me cry, has a bittersweet ending, and since I was elementary school when I first picked up the book, reading about high school is a bonus. This is one of my favourite independent book in the YA category. When I think of YA, automatically I think of Lauren Oliver. I know there are many amazing YA authors (Marie Lu), however Oliver will always have a place in my heart.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! This book is fantastic and a must read. Ignore that it's a YA novel, it's fantastic! I've read it multiple times. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I couldn't put it down. No matter how hard I tried this book was a tough book to put down. I usually only read when I'm going to bed but this book had me reading during the day as well so Ii finished it in 3 days.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Excellently written YA! I usually find that most YA novels are fairly poorly written (case in point, Twilight) but this one was great! You'd think that a story that told the story of a single day repeated over and over would be boring, but not this one. I wasn't particularly a fan of the ending in this case, but like another reviewer said, for the book, it made sense. I've read this a few times now, and I've enjoyed it each time.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Very good and interesting! It gets you thinking about how you want to live your life and how you would spend your last day of your life. It takes you through an emotional roller coaster ride of reliving the same day over and over until you find the purpose of it. I recommend this book to everyone, it is a very good book!
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring and Repetitive I felt like I was watching the typical-white-girl version of Groundhog Day.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Before I Fall Good read. Not as emotional as some online reviews. Worth the read though
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from before i fall Loved it, but the ending could have been better
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awe-inspiring Before I Fall is a beautifully written story about a girl who dies and gets a chance to relive her last day and give some meaning to the life she's left behind. It really makes you stop and think about how precious life is, how we want to be remembered and how our actions, good or bad, affect those around us, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem to us at the time. Can't wait to read more of Lauren Oliver's titles.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I kinda love but disliked this book... It was amazingly well written and stuff, but it's just so sad! I wish she wouldn't have died! But I loved it for what it was, because it symbolized the strength of friendship and love. It also kind of have a moral; all those bullshits about bullying and parties and alcohol... They aren't good! Anyways, it was a very good book. I would have but wouldn't have changed the end, I don't know... I don't like the fact that she dies, even though the way she does is quite honorable. I guess not everything ends up with a "Happy Ever After". But Good Book!
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Before i fall Good book but also very sad
Date published: 2013-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bool It was a great book, a lot of the parts were really sad but it was good.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy crap that was good. Absolutely could not stop reading this. Frustrating, enlightening and hopeful all wrapped up in a glorious little book. So happy I read it. Not the happy go lucky ending I would have hoped for but it.makes sense.
Date published: 2013-05-03
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 3 out of 5 by from Lauren Oliver - Before I Fall A good book. It was slow at parts, but other then that well written!
Date published: 2013-01-02
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, 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 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* 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 "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 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

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.”