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Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is
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“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”
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message 1: by Carla

Carla Boo!


Lauren Carla wrote: "Boo!"

:P :P :P


message 3: by Carla

Carla Oh My GOSH!!! Delirium is on here, crazy awesome or what?!


Lauren Carla wrote: "Oh My GOSH!!! Delirium is on here, crazy awesome or what?!"

wait, really? already?



Stephanie Tang Hi! Thanks for accepting my friend request I just bought Before I Fall and I'm crazy excited to read it!! :D


Lauren ~☆Alice★~ wrote: "Hi! Thanks for accepting my friend request I just bought Before I Fall and I'm crazy excited to read it!! :D"

Thanks, girl! Hope you enjoy!!


Miss Bookiverse Hey, thanks for adding me as a friend :)
I just finished listening to the audiobook for Before I Fall, it was great! The reader did such an amazing job. How did you like it?
Now, at the end of the book I admired how much Sam has grown throughout the book and I thought it was a little bit sad that her friends didn't really profit from it. Have you imagined for yourself what will happen after the ending of the book? Won't Lindsey, Ally and Elody hate Juliet even more and make her responsible for what has happend to Sam?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and I'm very excited about your upcoming books. You're a great writer!


message 8: by Angel

Angel ok sooo.... i definitely loved before i fall... but i hated the ending... not trying to be mean. but i hate when books end without a real ending. that just means you should make a second one... but from what i can see it doesnt seem like you are.... so i dunno. i just feel like you should have created a more detailed ending that would at least give us a start to the end. opposed to did she die or didn't she? like yes you should use your imagination for a book, for setting and character appearance but not the actual story itself. but i do have to say i love your book, just not the ending. sorry


Lauren Angel wrote: "ok sooo.... i definitely loved before i fall... but i hated the ending... not trying to be mean. but i hate when books end without a real ending. that just means you should make a second one... but..."

That's okay, Angel. You don't have to love the ending! Sam does die at the end of the book, yes. Actually, in my head she dies at the start of the book: that is the single part of her fate that she can't change, the single thing she must accept. The book is really not about her having a chance to save her own life literally; but she does discover meaning through saving someone else's. I hope that makes sense! And I am writing another book, just not a sequel. It's called DELIRIUM and it is out in February 2011. :)


message 10: by Lauren

Lauren Infinite Playlist wrote: "Hey, thanks for adding me as a friend :)
I just finished listening to the audiobook for Before I Fall, it was great! The reader did such an amazing job. How did you like it?
Now, at the end of the ..."


Hi! Thanks for your message, and thanks for reading so thoughtfully. To a certain extent I think that the world of the book now belongs as much to the reader as it does to me; thus why I left certain aspects of the ending ambiguous. But no, I like to think that Elody, Ally, and Lindsay will be altered and changed by what has happened--but for the better. I like to think that they will be sobered by Sam's death, and inspired by her selflessness, and humbled by her sacrifice. But that's just what *I* think!


message 11: by Lauren

Lauren Caroline wrote: "Hi, thanks for accepting my friend request :)
I just finished reading Before I Fall, and I just want to say, it was one of the most moving books I have ever read. Some of the scenes just seemed so..."


Ha--that's one of my favorite lines, too!
The idea for Before I Fall came from the fact that I really wanted to write a book about change, and the possibility of change. It was a character-driven idea, really; I wanted to show Sam's evolution, and I had to think of a set of circumstances that would allow her to grow.
I have TONS of tips for aspiring writers. First of all, you should write every day--even if you only write a little bit. EVERY DAY. Got it? :P
Second of all, read everything you can. Books, poetry, magazines, blogs, newspapers...you get me.
Third of all, listen to the people around you--listen to them speak, listen to their stories. Inspiration is everywhere!
Hope this helps!


Elisa Hi! As I was reading Before I Fall (which was beautiful, by the way) I kept wondering if you wrote Sam and her friends based on your personal high school experience, or if you wrote them based on what you hated about your high school experience? So basically, were you a Sam or a Juliet?


message 13: by Lauren

Lauren Elisa wrote: "Hi! As I was reading Before I Fall (which was beautiful, by the way) I kept wondering if you wrote Sam and her friends based on your personal high school experience, or if you wrote them based on w..."

That's an interesting question. I was probably more Sam than Juliet in behavior, but to be honest, I think that we're ALL Juliets in terms of how we feel, at least at some point in our lives, and I definitely had a lot of that in me too. I think we are all some combination of both: cruel and bullied; afraid and pretending not to be afraid; insecure and over-confident; generous and mean. The trick is to just keep coaxing yourself to be better and better!


Jonathan Maxen Before I Fall really is fantastic. Envy your writing. Delirium...really can't wait.


message 15: by Braiden

Braiden Oh my! I am so glad I had read Delirium. It was amazing. What an ending! Suspenseful, emotional, dramatic; Just the way I like it! Please retweet my tweet I just did :) Thanks. You're the best.


message 16: by Lauren

Lauren Braiden wrote: "Oh my! I am so glad I had read Delirium. It was amazing. What an ending! Suspenseful, emotional, dramatic; Just the way I like it! Please retweet my tweet I just did :) Thanks. You're the best."
Hey Braiden--I'm SO happy you loved DELIRIUM! I'm not sure I saw that tweet, sadly--I've been a little nutso with tour and stuff! But thanks so much for reading!!


Stephbroox Hello, thanks for adding me as a friend :)
I finished reading Delirium . Thanks for the beautiful book. I am a french fan, sorry for my english, I know it sucks :-(
Delirium was like a firework for me :-)


Brittany Hi! I just finished reading your book Delirium early this morning and it is absolutely amazing! I think you are a brilliant writer! ;DD


message 19: by Tash

Tash Thank you for adding me as a friend =D I'm currently reading Delirium, and I really, really LOVE it. Please keep writing awesome books! Take care =)


message 20: by Desiree

Desiree Thanks for adding me! I just finished Delirium yesterday afternoon and I absolutely loved it! I need more though, is there another book coming soon? I also loved Before I Fall, and I am now officially a BIG fan of yours!


message 21: by Aria

Aria Went to the bookstore and went on a Lauren Oliver book haul! Can't wait to read Before I Fall and Delirium! Both sounds intriguing!


message 22: by Haylee

Haylee Hello, how are you? Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I am a huge fan of your books! Keep writting!
-Your fan Haylee


Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project) Thanks for accepting, Lauren!

By the way, I loved Before I Fall and I'm currently reading Delirium. Looking forward to your upcoming books too... ^_^


message 24: by Lacey

Lacey I just finished "Before i Fall" and it left me breathless, yearning for more. Your book touched me in a way that many cannot so to that I want to say "Thank you"


message 25: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Lauren! :D


message 26: by Aria (last edited Apr 13, 2011 12:00AM)

Aria Delirium was beautifully written! The book made me have mood swings and I thought the characters were unique, which I loved. Yet, somehow I can relate to the characters. I am definitely a follower of the Delirium Series!!! - Can't wait for the upcoming sequels!


message 27: by Becca

Becca Thanks for adding me onto your friend list :)


message 28: by Amber

Amber I'm halfway through DELIRIUM and I ADORE it! As a prospective writer, everything is so beautifully done and crafted with such precision..it's truly a masterpiece. Thank you so much for bringing these other worlds into our own!


message 29: by Amber

Amber OH! I forgot to write this in my last post...there's a song that goes very nicely with Delirium. It's called "Love Is My Disease" by Alicia Keys. It's not the same idea, but it's close enough to love being a 'disease.'


message 30: by Paige

Paige Hi!
Thanks so much for accepting my friend request! I am a huge fan of your books and I can't wait for Pandemonium next year!

Paige :)


message 31: by Skyler

Skyler Thank You So Much For Accepting My Freind Request.
I love both of the books I have read by you (Delirium and Before I Fall) I want to read Liesl and Po. Thank You Again For accepting my request.


message 32: by Remi

Remi I love your books. Thank you so much for accepting my request.
Yor are an amazing author, and I can't wait for Liesl and Po.


message 33: by Amy

Amy Thank you for accepting my request :). Love Delirium and can't wait to see what you do next :)


message 34: by Katie

Katie Thanks for accepting my request!


Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I picked up Before I Fall a few months ago and absolutely loved it, but when I read Delirium not too long after I was completley blown away by how amazing it is! I love your work and can't wait to read more! Keep up the great work Lauren! :)


message 36: by Rianne~

Rianne~ AAH! im freaking out hoping that Alex isn't dead! he cant be ): i hope he's okay... i luv him(:
you're an amazing author, and i loved Delirium and Before i fall, great characterization. thanks for writing such amazing books for all of us to read!! :)

,,Rianne


message 37: by Jeanine

Jeanine Thanks for accepting my request! I just read and LOVED Delirium! Your writing is so incredibly beautiful. It isn't everyday that you read a scene that takes place in between two horibble smelling dumpsters and are able to see the beauty in it :) I can't wait for Pandemonium to come out and I am going to pick up a copy of Before I Fall ASAP!


The Angels have the Phone Box & Emmaline ♥ Supermegafoxymawesomehot  ♥ thanks for accepting me!!!!! i love delirium!!! i was so addicted, my parents GOT so annoyed i was on holida but i was reading my book the whole time-just the whole concept of th elove being a disease was so amazing!!! i am so excited for pandemonium!!!! i love before i fall, i just did a wide reading thing at school on it!!!! i love your books and you are sooo amazong at writing!!!!!!!!


message 39: by Evelin

Evelin Woke up today thinking.. " Oh man I need so much to read a Lauren Oliver's book!" Couldn't take a quote from Before I Fall out of my thoughts!!
I wish you had superpowers as living the same day all over again so you'd easily have time to write like tons of books ! :P

♥ your books!


message 40: by Kari

Kari Ramirez loved loved loved loved 'Before I Fall'. Thank you so much for writing that one! Can't wait to get my hands on Pandemonium!


message 41: by Joyzi

Joyzi Thanks for the add, I love Before I Fall


message 42: by Lúa.

Lúa. I loved Delirium.... Just perfect :)


message 43: by Gary

Gary Revel Thanks for the add LAUREN.
It's great to have you as a friend.

My memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOTis at Barnes and Noble

It includes details of my birth in Folrala, Alabama, youth in Niceville, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Bartow and Bonifay, Florida, high school-Holmes County High School, US Navy Service in San Diego, California, music business in Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, my investigation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination, recording and releasing the single record of the song about the MLK assassination, THEY SLEW THE DREAMER and more.

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message 44: by Jocelyn

Jocelyn OK I REALLY Loved your book Before I Fall! IT WAS AMAZING! I still have to read Delirium but I'm sure thats gonna be amazing too! Keep bringing on the good books!

ONE OF YOU BIGGEST FANS! (Because I'm sure you have a lot! :)) NELLY


Sabrina *The REAL Princess* Happy THanksfiving! Thanks for being such an awesome writer! Us here in Canada LOVE your books!


Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* It was so great to meet you last night at your book signing in Philly! Thanks for coming out! :)


message 47: by Paula

Paula M. Burns Thank you for accepting my friend request!
Kisses and hugs <3


message 48: by Katie

Katie Hi Lauren, thankyou so much for accepting my friend request. I really enjoyed Before I Fall and I'm looking forward to read Delirium. By the way, you're an incredible author! :)


message 49: by Aria

Aria I'm currently halfway through Pandemonium and I'm loving it!!! I have 2 friends waiting on it already after I told them to read Delirium!


message 50: by Briana

Briana Before I Fall is one of my FAVORITE books. I never saw the end coming and I cried a bit but I was really happy how it ended. Fantastic job.


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