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Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Written by Lauren Oliver

Narrated by Sarah Drew


Before I Fall

Written by Lauren Oliver

Narrated by Sarah Drew

ratings:
4/5 (513 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 2, 2010
ISBN:
9780061938313
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.

Cover Art © 2016 Open Road Films. All Rights Reserved.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 2, 2010
ISBN:
9780061938313
Format:
Audiobook

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. www.laurenoliverbooks.com.



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  • (5/5)
    This book was amazing. From the beginning, we know that Sam has died in a car crash, but she has to re-live the day of her death seven times as she tries to make everything right before leaving purgatory. Sam and her friends are the most popular seniors, and they have teased other classmates, but Sam is trying to set things straight. Initially, it's easy to dislike Sam and her friends because they are shallow and mean to others. As Sam re-lives her day, the reader learns more and more about Sam friends and why they're not stereotypical. While Sam is learning that the "weirdos" at school are actual people, the reader is finding out that the popular kids are people, too. It's well-written and very powerful.
  • (3/5)
    I didn't love this book. The author did a good job through most of it keeping it engaging and the plot moving that I kept going. I think that is notable because the plot device she used is much easier to keep fresh in a shorter book.I thought the characterizations were over the top. I guess that was purposeful but it becomes tedious and I found myself becoming immune to things that should have been outrageous. I know that I shouldn't expect all the details to be realistic but at the end of each sequence I couldn't help but think this is ridiculous - where is this girl's parents? this would never be like this!I just need someone to like in a book. Our protagonist was at best, the least of all evils but we weren't given much to work with. I found the ending unsatisfying.I'm definitely not the target demographic for this book and think if I read it as a teenager I may have had a different experience.
  • (4/5)
    I did this backwards. I watched the movie first then listened to the book. The narrator does a great job. This book really shines a light on how hard being a teenager can be and how cruel teenagers are to each other. Some think they are better than others and torture those they think are lower than them. Then one day Sam and her friends are in a car accident and she wakes up starting the day over. It's kind of like groundhogs day because she starts the day over and over until she figures out why she keeps living the day over. It's a very dark and sad story. But wonderful writing and well worth the time.
  • (3/5)
    At first this book was really irritating because when we die, we don't get any second chances to make things right. We don't get another chance to figure it all out. However, the message of this story was clear and the ending was very fitting.
  • (2/5)
    I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. I don't know if it was the audio version and if I would have liked it more had I read it. The mean girl issue is one I don't care for and it got too repetitive for me. I know that was the whole premise behind the book but it just didn't do it for me. 2.5 ⭐️
  • (4/5)
    I really liked this book! It didn't end quite like I expected.