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Before I Fall

The official film tie-in that will take your breath away

By Lauren Oliver

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 July 2010
A bestselling summer read as heartbreaking as The Lovely Bones and as gripping as Jenny Downham's Before I Die. **Now a major Netflix movie starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley*'Gossip Girl meets Groundhog Day' Grazia'Tender, funny and raw' Marie Claire'A clever, funny, insightful and utterly addictive novel' Daily Mail'Compelling and poignant, a truly memorable read' CloserThey 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...?'This book will take your breath away' She'A beautifully written and outrageously weepy tale' Daily Mirror

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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.

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

About the Author

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her achingly beautiful first novel, BEFORE I FALL. She followed that up with her bestselling young adult Delirium Trilogy and three adult novels. Her latest book, REPLICA was published in 2016.She is also the author of three novels for young readers, including the CURIOSITY HOUSE series. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.Find more information at www.laurenoliverbooks.com, or connect with Lauren on Twitter (/OliverBooks) and on Facebook (/laurenoliverbooks).

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Beautiful, popular Samantha and her three best friends are the ruthless queen bees of their high school. But Samantha is living a nightmare: throughout the book, she relives the day of her death seven times, with some dramatic alterations and revelations depending on her choices-ditching school to spend time with her younger sister or, on a day when life's rules have all but lost their meaning, seducing a teacher. She faces the often tragic consequences of even the smallest acts, awakens to the casual cruelties all around her, and tries to get things right and maybe even redeem herself. If this sounds too much like a Groundhog Day-style plot, make no mistake: evocative of Jenny Downham's Before I Die, Oliver's debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful ("It amazes me how easy it is for things to change," Samantha thinks. "how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new"). Samantha's best friends are funny, likable, and maddening, but readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Brilliantly written, gritty, deep and compassionate. I couldn't give it a higher recommendation! * Guardian * 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. * www.thebookbag.co.uk * '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.' * www.novelicious.com * BEFORE I FALL is amazing, fantastic, a groundbreaking debut. * www.wondrousreads.com * 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 * Poignant . . . This tale of second chances will have you clinging on to your Kleenex * Now * Gossip Girl meets Groundhog Day * Grazia * A pitch-perfect Groundhog Day/Lovely Bones hybrid * guardian.co.uk * Tender, funny and raw * Marie Claire * Moving and thought-provoking * Woman * A beautifully written and outrageously weepy tale. * Daily Mirror * This book will take your breath away * She * A thought-provoking and compelling story that is brave and insightful for a new author * Sun * 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 book to fall in love with * Bella * 'Beautifully written, compelling and poignant, a truly memorable read' ***** * Closer * 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 * Hugely moving and gorgeously written . . . an extremely clever and well-written novel that is ultimately uplifting. * Heat *

In the blink of an eye, popular high school student Samantha Kingston loses her life. What should have been a fantastic day turns out to be the beginning of a horrific afterlife experience. In the wake of a fiery car crash, Sam wakes up on Friday, February 12-again and again and again, as she relives that fatal day seven times. Sarah Drew narrates Lauren Oliver's powerful debut novel (HarperCollins, 2010), brilliantly bringing Sam to life and capturing her transformation from a mean and reckless teen into a thoughtful, caring young woman. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Marion Dalwood on
 
not read it yet but review looks interesting
Kristy Maher on
 
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.
Rose Isdale on
 
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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