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Before I Fall [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Oliver
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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...?



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Review

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 (guardian.co.uk)

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. (www.wondrousreads.com)

'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)

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)

Brilliantly written, gritty, deep and compassionate. I couldn't give it a higher recommendation! (Guardian)

Review

'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' (guardian.co.uk )

'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.' (www.wondrousreads.com )

'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 )

'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 )

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OIBA0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More 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 www.laurenoliverbooks.com, or connect with Lauren on Twitter (www.twitter.com/OliverBooks) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LoveDelirium).

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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before I Fall 3 Mar. 2010
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Like most teenagers, Sam Kingston believes she's going to live forever. However on a rainy February Friday night, driving home from a party, Sam and her friends Elody, Lindsay and Ally end up in a car crash. A car crash that kills Sam. Trouble is, she wakes up the next day and it's that same Friday. As Sam keeps repeating that fateful Friday, she begins to realise that although she may not be able to save herself, she may well be able to save someone. The question is, will she be able to untangle all of the mysteries surrounding her death before her week is up?

I have to say though that at first I didn't know what to make of the book. For a while it seemed as though I wasn't going to like it and, even worse, I wasn't going to like Sam. The Prologue is fantastic and the build up to the crash was suspenseful but I just couldn't warm to Sam right away. The thing is I think that we're supposed to not really like Sam at the beginning. She's popular, has a fantastic boyfriend and her life couldn't be more perfect but because she was popular she wasn't exactly very nice. Not at first, anyway. I was very quickly sucked in though and as I got to know Sam more, I began to like her more.

The plot is immensely complex yet so simplistic at the same time: Sam dies but, it seems, she hasn't really died and has the chance to re-live her last day seven times. The book is broken up into sections for each of the replayed days and although repeating the same day seven times may seem repetitive and dull, it's not. As Sam re-lives that day again and again more things come to light about what happens the night of the crash and Sam seems to realise just what is important in life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW: "Before I Fall", by Lauren Oliver 24 May 2012
Format:Paperback
I think anyone who has ever watched Groundhog Day has considered the things they may do if they had the chance to live a day over and over until they made it perfect. So it was great to see this idea in a well written YA book.

What I found particularly interesting about this book was Samantha's narrative voice, because to begin with she was a truly dislikable character. She is ignorant, self-centered, vapid and somewhat dull in her two-dimensional portrayal. It is only when she is forced to truly think about how she lives her life that she starts to take on some life. The audience begins to see a girl who really isn't that secure and who, as a result, clings to the things which make her feel a bit better about who she is.

I think everyone can relate to that, teenager or not. Or at least, anyone who has ever had low self esteem, or felt like they're faking their way through the day. We all cling to the things which make us feel a bit more secure about our lives. But what would happen if we were forced to take a step back and really think about the things we cling to? Would we realise that they are just dusty trophies? Would the people we call friends be about as deep as a puddle? And what about the people we think we love?! What would we find out about our real feelings for them?

Samantha's perspective is refreshing because in her seven days which are really just one day, she figures out a whole bunch of things that the rest of us might take years to comprehend. Lauren Oliver fleshes the character out and makes her audience begin to really care about her. I laughed when she cast discretion to the wind when she realised that there would be no consequences. I gritted my teeth when she put up with some of the people in her life.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but Disappointing 30 May 2011
Format:Paperback
The first thing i have to say is that being in my 30s i doubt very much that i am the target audience for this book so please bear this in mind. I picked this book as i like to read books that are slightly different and after reading the back thought this would be the sort of thing i usually like, not realising at the time it was a young adult book. Unfortunately however i was very disappointed and on a couple of occasions considered giving up on the book. The problem was that i just didn't like the main characters and really couldn't care less what happened to them. I think this is probably what the author intended as the essence of the story is; really popular spoilt brat gets to see how her actions affect other people and starts turning into a nicer person. The other point i would make is that the characters are supposed to be 18. If i had not known that then i would have thought they were more 13 to 14 years of age. I have to say that the book does get better in the second half but only because of the new love interest aspect. Not a book i would read again or pass on to friends to read.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before I Fall 17 Mar. 2010
By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I've been trying to write this review for weeks, but have had a hard time putting my thoughts into words. I could just say that Before I Fall is amazing, fantastic, a groundbreaking debut. It's all of these things, yet so much more. You know when you read a book, and you're left speechless at the end, like you're in sensory overload? That was what happened to me when I read Before I Fall. I was a complete mess, left reeling like Sam's end had been my end, like her thoughts and feelings had been my own. It's a powerful feeling, though completely unprecedented.

Before I Fall made me wish I was a writer. It made me wish I could arrange sentences that would mean something to people, and maybe even change how they live their life. Not many books do that for me, but when they do, they cast their spell on me and stay in my head forever. Sam's story did more than that -- it made me realise that life is precious, and that every single choice we make has an effect. We might not see it, but it's there. Our decisions have the ability to alter someone's path, or someone's self perception. We have to think about what we do, how we treat others and what one wrong turn can lead to.

Sam's whole journey is filled with regrets and what ifs. Her story is tragic, yes, but it's also redeeming. How many of us wish we could relive a day, maybe do something differently, or take something back? It's a dream we'll never experience, but for Sam it's her reality, even her nightmare. She has a second chance, and she has to use it to fix the trouble she caused, and the people she hurt along the way. I didn't like Sam at first; I thought she was horrible, stuck-up, and not someone I'd ever want to know. Lauren Oliver warned me of this before I started the book, so I was prepared to hate her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before I Fall
It’s so hard to explain why I loved this book so much, bearing in mind that the main character is basically a nasty bully, but here goes... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Claire
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed reading this book, even though it is very repetitive it always left me wanting more! And I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next! Read more
Published 14 days ago by Demi-Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A truly interesting book with lots of events to make you read on. I would recommend to ages 12+ as it is quite inappropriate for younger readers
Published 29 days ago by Lucy Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely story good plot
Published 1 month ago by Missy1232
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you want to think while you read; superb delivery time, Thanks
Published 1 month ago by MRS G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish silly drivel
Rubbish nonsense. If you like silly catty America college girls and a dull, silly, ground hog day storyline tun the is the book for you.
Published 2 months ago by cazzie1111
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I couldn't put this book down. This story made me laugh, made me want to cry, made me think about my own life. Such a good story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Iris
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great!
Before I Fall is an amazing book about Sam Kingston as she re-lives her last day seven times and each time is different. Some moments go on for eternity.
Published 2 months ago by Ellie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A Fantastic Book! Definitely worth a read
Published 3 months ago by Ian Brakspear
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