Before I Fall: Book summary and reviews of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall

By Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2010,
    480 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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What if you had only 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: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day 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.

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"Starred Review. Oliver's debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful." - Publishers Weekly

"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

"Oliver, in a pitch-perfect teen voice, explores the power we have to affect the people around us in this intensely believable first novel...This is a compelling book with a powerful message and should not be missed." - Booklist

"This story races forward, twisting in a new direction every few pages, its characters spinning my emotions from affection to frustration, anger to compassion. You'll have no choice but to tear through this book!" - Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller, Thirteen Reasons Why

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Joyce
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I haven't yet read the book, but wanted to reserve at our local library after reading the summary / review on BookBrowse. (The only reason I rated it, above, is because I couldn't share the following information without doing so.) The title at our local library website is If I Should Fall. I'm not sure why the conflicting information..maybe a last minute change with the publisher? I am looking forward to reading this book!

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Lauren Oliver Author Biography

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Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Her thrilling second novel, Delirium, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and is the first book in a trilogy. The second volume is Pandemonium (March 2012). Oliver is also the author of a luminous novel for younger readers, Liesl & Po.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, Lauren is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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