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BEFORE I FALL: Book Club Guide

BEFORE I FALL: Book Club Guide

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The book club discussion guide for BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver.
The book club discussion guide for BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver.

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DISCUSSION
 
GUIDE
Before I Fall
By Lauren Oliver 
 
 
1. What does it mean to be popular? What makes someone popular?Sam says that “there’s no point in analyzing it” because there willalways be a line between the haves and the have-nots and “it’s justwhat happens” (p. 18). Do you agree or disagree?2. Describe Lindsay, Elody, and Ally. In what ways is Sam like them?In what ways is she dierent?3. Day One Samantha says that being cruel is “just the kind o thing that kids do to each other. It’s no big deal. There’s always going tobe a person laughing and somebody getting laughed at. . . . Thewhole point o growing up is learning to stay on the laughing side”(p. 5). Do you agree? Why or why not? What do you think Julietwould say about this reasoning?4. How does Sam get to the top o the social ladder? How does Lindsay get—and keep—her position there? Why do you think Sam and her  riends ollow someone like Lindsay, even when it means turning onothers?5. Early in the book, Sam is willing to lash out at Juliet but unwilling toconront Rob and let him know that he’s “ull o it” (p. 119). How do you explain this distinction? What makes it easy to torment someone you hardly know but dicult to speak honestly with someone youcare about?6. Why does Sam at rst decide that she will have sex with Rob, andwhy does she eventually decide not to? Do any o the characters’attitudes toward sex remind you o your own? Do you believe thathaving sex makes you dierent or makes you see things dierently?What do you think a person’s rst time should be like?
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Friday, February 12 is a big day or Samantha Kingston: It’s CupidDay, when all the kids at school will count the roses they receive tosee just how popular they are. It’s the day o Kent McFreaky’s party.It’s the day Sam plans to lose her virginity to her boyriend, Rob.It’s also the day she dies . . . sort o. Sam is killed in a car crash onFriday, February 12, but she wakes the next morning to that sameday, again and again. While living her last day on repeat, Samdiscovers that she has a chance to do things over—to do thingsbetter. So what does it take to go rom being a popular girl who caninfict a dozen small cruelties in a given day to being someone whowill be remembered well in her own right? Samantha Kingston isabout to nd out.
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7. Describe Sam’s relationship with Kent. What does she want romhim, and how does her attitude toward him change over the courseo the story? Does she deserve to be with him? Is he right to tellher that she’s too good or some o the poor choices she makes?Why or why not?8. What do you think about Sam’s comment, A good riend keeps your secrets or you. A best riend helps you keep your ownsecrets” (p. 107)?9. On each day o her death, Sam is startled by a sense o possibility and the notion that anything could happen. How does that eeling change over time? What do you make o the day when the “line loses meaning” (p. 194) and Sam decides to smoke in thebathroom with Anna Cartullo, kiss Mr. Daimler, and generally livewithout thinking o consequences?10. Sam tries to excuse hersel rom some o the terrible things theother girls do to Juliet until she realizes, “It was us. It was all o us”(p. 385). Do you agree? Should you be held accountable or theactions o other people in your group? Is it as wrong to be abystander as a perpetrator? Explain.11. How would Sam have been dierent i she’d been riends with AnnaCartullo or the Pugs on Day One? Would she have been any moreor less sympathetic a character?12. Sam reminds the reader that “we’re the same, you and me”(p. 132). What’s your reaction to that assumption? Do you nd yoursel passing judgment on Sam or other characters at any pointin the story? Do you think you’d do things dierently i you were inSam’s situation the rst time around? Does Sam deserve to die?13. Lindsay goes out o her way to be awul to other people, but shealso says, “You can’t be mean to someone orever and then eelbad when she dies” (p. 176). Do you think this statement is true?Knowing that Lindsay is aware o how unkind she can be, is sheany more or less likeable?14. Would you want to know which day would be your last?15. How do Sam’s greatest hits change rom the beginning o the stor to the end? What moments are your greatest hits? Are you proud o who you were in those moments?

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