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Before I Fall

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  168,448 ratings  ·  13,049 reviews
With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha
Paperback, 470 pages
Published October 25th 2010 by Harper (first published January 1st 2010)
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Olya I guess it was actually Vicky's face back there. That sight of her made Sam realise how many lives she had actually damaged together with her friends…moreI guess it was actually Vicky's face back there. That sight of her made Sam realise how many lives she had actually damaged together with her friends and in some way made her start this redemption road we read about after that. Her story was never mentioned after that because they were all okay with her then. There was no point in changing somethingwith her, as bigger issues were awaiting.
However, it's just my opinion ;)(less)
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Niki I always thought the mention of butterflies in the book was related to the "butterfly effect"--the idea that one little thing can change everything in…moreI always thought the mention of butterflies in the book was related to the "butterfly effect"--the idea that one little thing can change everything in a huge way. Her friend Ally also mentions she heard once that a burp can cause a thousand monarchs to take off halfway around the world (very much paraphrasing here; I couldn't find the quote online), but Sam refers back to this a few times throughout the book.

“It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It's never occurred to me before; I've never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.”

The book is about choice and consequence, and how huge of an impact your actions may have on someone (i.e. Juliet) without you even realizing the severity. When she saves Juliet at the end of the book, death no longer scares her because she knows she died with purpose, and she is no longer haunted by the mistakes she made in her life or the hurt she caused people. So in that sense, she is freed. (less)
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Kat Kennedy
I have to confess something before I write this review. This book is about a teenager, Sam, who is a Mean Girl who trips into Groundhog Day world and is set on a path to redemption. My confession is that I used to be a girl almost exactly like Sam.

Shallow, egotistical and worst of all - mean. Really, really mean.

I've commented before on the fact that I was a terrible teenager. My parents did not so much try to raise me through these years. More like they tried to survive me as you would a hurri
I am in awe of this author’s talent. I hated this book, and loved it. It’s cruel, and frustrating, unfair, and yet it’s also sad, and hopeful, and honest and authentic. I’m not sure how everyone else feels about their High School experience, but I despised mine. You couldn’t pay me to go back. However, this story was so vivid, that I felt as though I could smell the grease from the cafeteria, feel the rough tile on the bathroom floor and the chill of that cold fateful night. I even cringed at th ...more
May 16, 2014 Penny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Penny by:
Before I get to the review I just wanted to let everyone know I don't typically write reviews for books I love. The reason being, I'm not good at writing worth-while and positive reviews (as opposed to my uncanny ability to write crazy rants about books I totally loathe). Or rather, I know I'm not up to the task: writing a review worthy of a book so beautiful, so eloquently written I can't stop thinking about it long after I've finished it.

I know there is nothing I could say that could not be b
I'd heard from quite a few people that this book was pretty good...

That may be the most OUTRAGEOUS understatement of all time.

'Pretty good' doesn't explain the embarrassing amount of tears that poured out of me.

'Pretty good' doesn't touch on Lauren Oliver's incredible way with words and imagery.

'Pretty good' doesn't describe the range of conflicting emotions the story sparked in me.

And 'Pretty good' certainly doesn't account for the fact that, once I finished the final page, I literally threw t
Jun 12, 2010 Annalisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mild language, sexual content, and drug use
Recommended to Annalisa by: Penny
Reading through Sam's last day of life, I was transported back to high school with those girls who were shallow, self-centered, and unaware and thought they were cool and better than everyone else because they were shallow, self-centered, and unaware. I felt emotions I had not experienced in years, emotions I had long forgotten. Oliver captures that teenage-centric narcissism so vividly, so much more intently than I ever understood in high school, that I couldn't help but hate Sam and feel some ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Karolina rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya

I had high expectations for this book for 2 reasons: 1. I loved Delirium, it's one of my favorite series and 2. so many people raved about Before I fall , saying it is the best of Oliver's work. I couldn't disagree more. At the beginning I couldn't get into the story, it was a bit repetitive, so I had to put it down and read something else in the meantime. In the end I was getting a bit frustrated as I couldn't understand the whole idea of the book. Having finished it yesterday I've been thinkin
Warning: Major Spoilers below (including the very ending). And foul language. MUCH foul language

La la la, spoilers.

Still spoilers.

And language to make your grandmother blush.

Fuck you book. Fuck. You. I want to drop this book to two stars for that goddamn ending. But I can’t because even with that fucking ending it is not really a two-star book at all. So it gets dropped one star. DAMN YOU. I knew the ending was coming. This is the problem with reading the ending first (well, near the beginning).
Feb 09, 2011 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather, Ryan, Penny
Shelves: 2010, ya, ala-ya-2011
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well, well, well,
this one was a surprise.

yes, teen fiction, you have won me over, but usually it is the stuff on the "oh, no, the world has been essploded!!" or "oh, no - all the cats in the world have turned evil and are coming for us!!" end of the spectrum that captivates me.

realistic teen fiction usually leaves me cold.

and this is realistic teen fiction with a twist, obviously. this is groundhog day with a jerky teen girl in he jerky bill murray role. but all the day-to-day bits in between a
I have no idea how to rate this book. I would say 5 stars to author Lauren Oliver in taking juveniles with a blatant disregard for humanity and turning it into the story of Sam who discovers the importance of humanity. Some of the thoughts that Sam would think as she would pass from one day to the next were beautifully thoughtful causing you to question how you treat and respect the people and things we have. How do we (ourselves) treat individual people? How much affect do we have on the world ...more
Goodreads Exclusive Prelude: If you have not read this, or given it at least four-and-a-half stars, you have no soul.

Oh . . . Oh, my God . . .

Five stars. Five billion stars. Five quadrillion stars. Five infinity stars.

I don't think I'll ever read a book that'll touch me in quite the same way.

A lot of Goodreadsers didn't like Before I Fall because they couldn't relate to it at all and the characters didn't relate to them. Before I Fall did relate to me because the main character, Samantha Kingsto

That would be my one word review for this book... WOW.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up, and to say that I was utterly unprepared for it's magnificence, would be an understatement. This book evoked such strong emotion. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I was bawling by the end of the story. For me, the stories that awaken your emotions are always the most powerful and memorable. And I don't read many books like that, so when I do, it tends to really stand out.

What's so in
Aj the Ravenous Reader

This is one of the first YA contemporaries I have read and perhaps for that alone, I’m already giving this five stars. But the truth is, this book well deserves it. Lauren Oliver’s writing usually has this effect on me. [Please see image for illustration.]

"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 your fingers.
This is a hard book to rate. It’s in a whole different realm and I’m not sure what to do. It’s special. Not like in a good or bad way, but in a way that it’s different. You can’t compare it to anything else because…it isn’t like anything else. Yeah, I know I’m making a lot of sense. One thing that this does is make you feel and it makes you think.

Quick Overview: Samantha Kingston has everything a girl could want. She’s popular, has a hunky popular boyfriend, great friends, and there seems to be
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for Book Chick City. Rating 7/10 on the blog.

When I first started reading 'Before I Fall' it reminded me a little bit of a cross between the films 'Groundhog Day & 'Mean Girls'.

At the beginning, I didn't like Sam very much at all. She was one of those girls at schoolwho was more concerned about appearances than substance, and her friends were equally as shallow. They were more obsessed with how many red roses they would get on Cupid's Day, as a show of their popularity, tha
Having heard numerous incredible reviews on this novel, I have finally jumped the this bandwagon and checked out what it was all about. Not disappointed in the least, this is one (rare) instance where my expectations has lived up to the hype. Before I Fall is a moving story of a girl who died, but she gets a second chance to make things right.

Samantha Kingston is the type of girl you either hate, or you're jealous of, in high school. She's pretty, popular, dating the hottest guy in school, and s
I went into this book rather anxiously--as many glowing reviews as it had received, I was pretty certain that reading about the same day over and over and over again was going to be a total drag. And boy, was I wrong or what?

First up I'm going to have to mention Lauren Oliver's STUNNING writing. It pretty much makes me want to give up writing, but at the same time makes me aspire to be a better one (if that makes any sense at all). The metaphors she constructs are absolutely beautiful, and even
Aug 10, 2010 Laini added it
Wow. On *day 7* and loving this book so much. I want to slurp it up like a noodle.

Finished: terrific; amazing teen voice and utterly believable characters -- the "mean girls" made, somehow, relatable! The story is so bittersweet, though I wished ...


... for a different ending for the characters (of COURSE), as a reader, I found the ending very powerful. The cumulative grief of those left behind -- left entirely to the reader
Raeleen Lemay
I honestly wanted to finish this book so it could go towards my 2012 reading challenge, but it was JUST SO BORING. I really couldn't care less what happened to the characters, and they were all so bitchy that I just couldn't stand reading about them anymore. I'm sure this Samantha girl will have some epiphany towards the end where she realizes that the way she's been treating people is wrong, then she'll finally move on and actually die like he should have a while ago. I don't see the point in r ...more
After reading Delirium (one of my favorite novels of the year) I'd been excited to read more from Lauren Oliver, but perhaps my expectations were too high. Repetition is a major theme as Samantha, the main character, loops through time to "relive" (so to say) her last day on Earth, but I thought her musings to be repetitive drudgery and found myself counting the days, literally.

Maybe this feeling of going around in circles is because I've read this book before. I'm pretty sure I've seen the mov
Nov 28, 2012 oceana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like beautiful books
Recommended to oceana by: all of y'all (did I really just say that?)
Proper, coherent review coming soon. Lauren Oliver is amazingly thoughtful and sweet and BEFORE I FALL is beautiful.


That is a signed French copy of BEFORE I FALL, and it has a note in it. A note that almost, almost, almooooost brought tears to my eyes, before I realized that would be really creepy and stopped. My father found Lauren at a book signing in Paris and she sort of knew me from the billion tweets I sent her. I am also not going to tell you what the note says, either. Sorry. :D

The author is young, not far from being a teen herself which probably accounts for her acute recall of the kind of behavior she explores in her book. She does it so well that the pages turn themselves. I am a senior citizen and my high school days came flooding back with memories of the "mean" girls in my school, although "mean" and/or popular girls then, were vastly different from their counterparts today. Today, the bullying behavior is more apparent, at even younger ages, for boys and girls. ...more
What was that??

So many feelings

“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.”

I'm feeling devastated !!!

How would you feel if you re-lived your last day 7 times? What would you do? What would you change??
Cynthia Hand
One of the best books I've read this year. . .
Erica (daydreamer)
What makes a life worth living for? A life, that isn’t just about you, but is in part, about others, about making their lives more worthwhile. It’s the precious moments in it. The subtle things. The moments that if you’re living too fast, or believing yourself to be the most important one in your life, you will fly right by, and miss them. You will miss the beauty, the joy, the opportunities to lift someone, to want to see light in someone’s eyes, instead of thinking about yourself and not carin ...more
Initial reaction:
Wow. Just wow.

Full review:
Every so often you read a book that just resonates with you, a book that reaches deep down to your soul and rips it to shreds. For me this was one of those books. I rarely rate books five stars, but I couldn't give this one anything less.

Before I fall is the story of Samantha Kingston, one of the popular girls at her high school, who seems to have it all until she's involved in a tragic accident. Except instead of dying, Samantha is forced to relive h
At first, I did not know what to write in a review for this book. Despite what a few other people said in their reviews, I think this depiction of high school girls is rather accurate.

The dynamic between the four girls was believable--and I really liked some of their jokes. Considering my friends and I had over two pages of inside jokes in high school and still remember most of them to this day (10 years later), I thought that aspect of the book was hilarious. And, though I think a lot of peopl
Katerina Kondrenko
10 out of 10

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This review will be loooong but I can't help my love for this book)

When you pick up "Before I Fall" the first thing you pay attention at is easy writing style. It embellishes typical mean girls stuff.

And for the start you are sniffing and don’t expect anything good but sincerity pierced with prosiness mixed up with reflection buys you over. You tu
The Translation Abbey
• "Dicen que justo antes de morir toda tu vida pasa ante tus ojos, pero no es así como me ocurrió a mi."•

El 12 de febrero, la popular y “mean girl” Samantha Kingston muere en un accidente automovilístico. En vez de morir, se ve obligada a revivir ese día 7 veces. Deberá descubrir el misterio que rodea su muerte, mientras que en el ínterin se irá redescubriendo a sí misma. Además, descubrirá cosas sobre sus amigas, sus compañeros de clase, verá cómo todo lo que hizo y hace afectan a los demás,
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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.

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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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