Like Adam Silvera's They Both Die at the End and Colleen Hoover's It Ends with Us, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others. With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction.
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, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly.
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.
A good book to read
I watched the movie and want to read the book and from just the movie it’s a very interesting and inspiring movie and from what I’ve read from the book so far, it seems even better!
I loved reading this book. A teenage Groundhog Day story that's topical and full of flavour. Maybe a bit too mean girl, but in a way that shows even mean girls are just trying to get along in the best way they know how.
This is a great book. I loved the mixture of humor, emotion and true sincerity on every page. I could not put it down! The thoughts and ideas portrayed in this book really make you re-think things you would have never second guessed before. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an amazing read. Beautifully done!