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Before I Fall

By Lauren Oliver

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 22 July 2010
They say 'live every day as if it's your last' - but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't. The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all. But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you'd want to change...?

About the Author

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her achingly beautiful first novel, BEFORE I FALL. She followed that up with DELIRIUM and then PANDEMONIUM - the first two books in her compellingly addictive trilogy. The eagerly anticipated final book in the Delirium trilogy, REQUIEM, will publish in Spring 2013. She is also the author of two novels for young readers, LIESL & PO and THE SPINDLERS, delightful, scary and magical novels that are certain to become modern classics of children's writing. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find more information at, or connect with Lauren on Twitter ( and on Facebook (

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As compelling as The Lovely Bones and as memorable as Jenny Downham's Before I Die, this will become a word-of-mouth phenomenon.


Hugely moving and gorgeously written ... an extremely clever and well-written novel that is ultimately uplifting. Heat A very sophisticated novel ... Oliver handles her characters with an impressive lightness of touch and writes evocatively about youth ... a clever, funny, insightful and utterly addictive novel Daily Mail 'Beautifully written, compelling and poignant, a truly memorable read' ***** Closer A book to fall in love with Bella Heartbreakingly good ... Up there with Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, it'll make you want to hold close the ones you love and never let them go. Impossible to forget. News of the World A thought-provoking and compelling story that is brave and insightful for a new author Sun This book will take your breath away She A beautifully written and outrageously weepy tale. Daily Mirror Moving and thought-provoking Woman Tender, funny and raw Marie Claire A pitch-perfect Groundhog Day/Lovely Bones hybrid Gossip Girl meets Groundhog Day Grazia Poignant ... This tale of second chances will have you clinging on to your Kleenex Now This is very special ... It's full of 'what ifs' and raw emotion Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller Take the concept of Groundhog Day, add stunning prose and layers of emotional development, and the result is a book to fall in love with over and over again Daily Record Beautifully written Daily Record BEFORE I FALL is amazing, fantastic, a groundbreaking debut. 'BEFORE I FALL is beautifully written; brave, sincere and very addictive. It captures the essence of high-school brilliantly, and will have you laughing, crying and philosophising. I wholeheartedly recommend BEFORE I FALL. The best book I've read in the last year.' A startling piece of writing that is utterly believable and beautifully told... If you only read one book this year, it should be this one. Brilliantly written, gritty, deep and compassionate. I couldn't give it a higher recommendation! Guardian

EAN: 9780340980903
ISBN: 0340980907
Publisher: Hodder Paperback
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.7 x 2.4 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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5 of 5 Stars! '

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5 of 5 Stars! '

This would have to be one of the best books I have ever read. The process that she goes through living her last day 7 times is great, you start out not liking her, then admiring her, then loving her. Lessons will be learnt and hearts will be touched. Great for teens and above.


5 of 5 Stars! '

Sam (Samantha) is a high school senior on the verge of womanhood. The book takes you through her day which on the surface is quite mundane. The reader learns about Sam's family and her friends. Also about the party that Sam attends with her girlfriends .Boozed and tired, the girlfriends pile into a car and career off down the road only to meet with a terrible accident.Next thing Sam knows is that she is waking again to the very same day she has just lived through. Sam doesn't know if she is dead or in a coma or what...She experiences this day seven times as she plays out things differently trying on different approaches and attitudes to see whether she can make a difference to the outcome.In the process she learns very valuable things about human nature and about what really matters in life.This is a very finely written book. I hadn't heard of Lauren Oliver before but she has crafted a beautiful story of a life cut short too soon and it has a gritty realism to it and a gut wrenching sadness that other books of this genre avoid. If you loved The Lovely Bones you will love this book.

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