Before I Fall (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Before I Fall (Movie Tie-in Edition)

by Lauren Oliver

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This special paperback edition of the New York Times bestselling novel by award-winning author Lauren Oliver features poster art from the major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Kian Lawley, as well as special interviews about the making of the movie.

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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.

Named to numerous state reading lists, the novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062656322
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Edition description: Media Tie
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 67,171
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.”

Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

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EmmyKAY More than 1 year ago
I easily get fustrated by books that I read because I tend to be pretty picky. I like books that really play with my emotions, ones that might make me cry and ones that I can relate to. So many silly teen novels are out of the question just because I like a more serious read. I judge books by seeing if i can put the book down easily or do I stay up to the wee hours to finish it. So I took out this book because it looked good and was surprised by how much I loved it!! I can relate to it, being a teenager girl myself, it's thrilling, left me wanting more. I could not put the book down!! That's an extremely good sign! The story gets better as the book progesses and the book really makes you think. I loved that about it. It also makes you wonder what you would do if you were in Sam's sitation. All I can say is: you really have to read this book!
Wrighty More than 1 year ago
I read the author's introduction for the First Look Club at Barnes & Noble where she mentioned that she intended for her audience to dislike the characters in the early chapters. She did her job well because I didn't care for Sam and her friends in the beginning. In fact there were members of the club who considered not continuing the book because of the girls' very bad behavior. But I could not put it down. Lauren Oliver did exactly what she had intended in that first chapter. She introduced us to Sam and her friends Elody, Ally and their "leader" Lindsay, senior girls at Thomas Jefferson High School. They are popular, pretty and selfish snobs who get away with anything and everything. Sam tells her story from the moment she wakes up on Friday, February 12th. She shares all of the details of her day in school, the afternoon at Ally's house and the evening at a party. Since it's Cupid's Day, an early Valentine celebration, emotions are running high and Sam mentions a variety of interactions that occur that day. She and her friends are quite entertained when other students have hurt feelings and are more concerned with what they will be wearing to the party. Not all goes as planned and their irresponsible behavior leads to a tragedy. As Sam herself reveals in the first sentence of the prologue she is killed in that accident. And she wakes up the next morning to repeat February 12 all over again. Sam is aware that it's the same day but it doesn't appear that anyone else is. Through her shock and confusion she muddles through the day and attempts to prevent her death. Some things can be changed but as the days go by she starts to realize that she may be focusing on the wrong things and the wrong people. Sam begins to see how her actions have affected and often hurt others. She tries to make changes throughout the day but it doesn't go as planned. Lauren Oliver takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. I was fascinated with her insight and attention to detail. With each chapter Sam's changes had a ripple affect on others and the results would show up all throughout the book. A mention of something that appeared insignificant would often come to have great meaning later on. I would leaf back through the pages to find out how something had happened on a previous day so I could compare. It was like solving a puzzle, searching for clues. The characters were interesting and well developed. I was curious to know more about them and what led them to this day. In the first chapter it was easy to categorize everyone as the typical cliches - popular, jock, nerd, wallflower, but the first impressions were very deceiving. As the pages went by more layers were revealed. It's likely you will think about the way you treat people after you finish the story. What mistakes would you correct if given the chance? This is a book that I will definitely be reading again. Congratulations to Lauren Oliver for what is sure to be a very successful debut novel. Thank you to Barnes & Noble First Look Club for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Sheltiemama More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that I'm a 42-year-old woman who has just discovered how great some YA literature is now, and I loved this book. Samantha Kingston is one of the four most popular girls in her high school. They're your typical mean girls, and I really didn't like her at first. After what is a typical day for the quartet and a party at the house of Sam's childhood best friend, the tormenting of classmate and bully target Juliet, and too much alcohol, the girls have a wreck and Sam is killed. Oh, except that she wakes up again the next day. She finds herself in a "Groundhog Day"-type situation and relives her last day for a whole week. During that time, she tries to figure out how to save her life and do what's right as far as the other people in her life are concerned. Some of her attempts go awry, but as the week goes on, she starts to see herself in a new light and figures out what's important. It's wonderful to watch Sam's evolution, and by the end of the book, which is terrific, I just loved her. I wish every teen and preteen girl could read this book and think about what they'd do and how they'd act if they knew this day would be their last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw a review for this book written by Jay Asher. And since I love Thriteen Reasons Why, I needed to read this book. I really liked this book. Sure some parts in it were kind of slow, but I couldn't put it down. I needed to know what was going to happen next. The characters in this book seemed so real. I don't ever lie when I'm writing a review, because I don't want you to buy this book and you not like it. People have different tastes in book. But I'm not a spoiler either. But I will say this, The only thing I didn't really like was the ending. It didn't end like I thought it would or how I wanted it to. And maybe that was the whole point. The ending was also a little comfusing. But I still love it. You should read it.
Scott16475 More than 1 year ago
As a 39 year old father of four, this book doesn't really fall into my genre; however, I really enjoyed Before I Fall. Within the first few pages, you're going to hate all of the characters, including the main character, Sam; I know I did! As the book continued, my feelings of disdain began to lessen with Sam as my disdain turned into sadness. Like so many of us when we were in high school, we put on show and pretended to be someone that we weren't; I believe this is actually what Sam is doing. I won't give too much away, but I feel the real Sam emerged at just the right moment(s). As a reader, you'll get to know many of Sam's friends as well as a few of her 'enemies' and truth be told, I found myself getting emotionally invested in one of the supporting characters named Juliet. It took me back to my high school days when I 'played' the role of Juliet (the male version, obviously - ha). I think the large majority of readers will find a character in the book that they can relate too, and that says a lot about this new and upcoming author. I found this book to be an easy and quick read; do yourself a favor and spend a few hours reading this book!
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
EmMa_RoSiE More than 1 year ago
I was not always a good some ways I was a lot like the main character. After reading this book I realized you never know when your last day might be and yes while you still need to experience as much as you can I also believe that you need to spend as much time with your family as possible and treat them the right way. This book was a really good wake up call for me. I recommend this book to anyone above the age of 14, who needs help finding themselves and also needs a good life lesson. This book will stick with me for a while.
asamum More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of this book I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Written in 1st person narrative, Sam starts of as unlikeable; popular by association basing her actions and preferences on being accepted by the 'in' crowd. Peer pressure is an incredibly powerful thing and shown in all its *glory* in this story, the I felt as if Sam had no personality of her own, for all intents and purposes she was a sheep. And then she died. Initially, I thought it was like an emotional Groundhog day (which is even mentioned within the narrative). However, as I relived each last day with Sam I really felt for her. Sam's fear of dying was palpable within the narrative. Very, very powerful writing. I felt as if I was there with her every step of the way. Imagine reliving the day you die over and over again, knowing that it is inevitable; that here is nothing you can do to stop it from happening. Knowing the exact time, place and circumstance of your own death. How frightened would you be as the minutes ticked away. As Sam relives the same day over and over, we are exposed to the 5 stages of grief, (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptance). Sam is grieving for herself not only for the life that she has yet to live but for the mistakes she has made so far. Getting the opportunity to repeat the same day gives Sam a chance to rectify some of the mistakes she has made. The opportunity to see people in a different light, to say the things she always wanted to say but never felt it was the right time and to be the person she really wanted to be rather than conforming. Sam gains a whole new perspective and discovers true love in the process. All the characters were well developed and almost 3 dimensional, there personalities and interactions were so real to me I felt I was there right along with Sam. I could relate to all of them in one way or another. The narrative incorporates a lot of sensitive issues such as substance abuse, sex and eating disorders; issues although not dealt with in depth reflect the inner turmoil people suffer while projecting a very different outward image. The saying 'never judge a book by it's cover' strongly applies to the characters within this book. I finished reading this book very late in the night; I went to sleep thinking about it and woke up the next morning still thinking about it. Is is one of those haunting stories that stays with you. For me it was an emotional roller-coaster. I felt as if I had been swallowed whole, chewed up into one big gloppy mess and then spat back out. I have to admit to absolutely sobbing my heart out while reading this one (not the usual silent tears but the gasping, sniffing type of sobbing). It really is an amazing book, you will need a lot of tissues.
blkeyesuzi More than 1 year ago
"Before I Fall" is a book appropriate for teens and adults. It's an enjoyable read and does something few books can these makes one think. Even after the book was finished, I continued to think about the characters and I also thought about what I would do if I were in the same situation as the main character. This is a great story with characters you can love and hate for all the right reasons. It's a good thing to be entertained and learn something about yourself at the same time. I'd definitely recommend this book.
Beebsie More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It definitely gets you thinking. I'd recommend it to anyone. Sooooooo good!!
jocey0104 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book about 5 minutes ago. I fell in love with this book. I really enjoyed how the book flowed and I thought the author did a wonderful job with the details of each and every person. I cried, laughed, got mad, was let down by the characters actions. The book and the characters themselves get to you in a way you just cant believe. I fell in love with Kent and his caring ways. Sam and her friends didn't sit well with me in the beginning but as time went on their true feelings and dreams came out and affected me in a great way. I personally have very picky taste in books but this book left me wanting more. The true let down for me was that everything she did while reliving her last day would never become a reality and the hope of her and Kent being together was shattered. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a romance novel with a hint of what a teenage life is like. Must read.
Euphoria13 More than 1 year ago
I was very lucky to snag an ARC of this book from the first reads program from Barnes and Noble! This book was on my to read list since October. I was very surprised by this book, its really a page turner! May sound cliche' but it seriously was! I could not put it down and when i did, my mind kept going back to this good story. Have you ever wondered what happens, at the moment you are about to die, or exactly right before the event occurs? Or what happens after? What exactly is after when you die? For everyone, i'm sure the answer is different, we all have a different perception on what happens after. For Samantha Kingston, it is reliving the exact same day Seven times. February 12, Cupid Day- The day when every person at Samantha's High School shows or proves just where they stand in the popular rank with the number of roses they recieve. Not to mention that, that night is Samantha's "Big Night" with her boyfriend Rob. But word spreads of a party being hosted by a boy named Kent who Samantha can not tolerate what so ever. Seems like plans are shifted a bit and Samantha and her best friends are going to the party. But Samantha does not enjoy herself. Her best friends have gone off and abandoned her and her boyfriend is too drunk to comprehend or remember his plans with Sam. Just when the party could not be less enjoyable, Juliet Sykes- the unpopular girl of the school who is tormented and bullied by Samantha's friends confronts her and her group. A scene breaks out as Juliet tells them in their face exactly what she feels they are. After being humiliated, Samantha and her friends leave the party and head off to their homes. But Samantha never reaches her house that night. A sudden flash of white, a horrible crashing noise, a word muttered by one of the girls and everything gets out of control. After what seems like a long time of pain, darkness and falling, Samantha hears her alarm clock and opens her eyes. What seems like a horrible dream turns out to be Samantha's last day, as she learns that the moment she wakes up, she is relieving her very last day. I was very impresed with Lauren Oliver's writing, being that this is her debut novel, its as if she's been writing for a long time. This story shows that with even the minor of changes a person makes, it can make such a big difference to someone's life. You'll hate Samantha and her friends when you read this book but you'll love her towards the end. You will not get bored reading this! Even if Samantha's day is repeated seven times, it is never exactly the same. Many small changes occur and the results are BIG. The detials, dialogue, and emotions expressed in this book are believable and create a connection to the reader.
crystalbella77 More than 1 year ago
This book really is amazing. It's moving and touching and makes you cry but it's not depressing. I have wanted to read it for so long and I am sad I only just now got to it, but happy I finally did. There isn't a ton of dialogue in the book but it's so well written that you just can't stop. I loved it and I will definitely read this one again.
shellbee21 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with these characters.I hated them at first but fell in love. This book was basically Groundhog day, but with high school issues and deeper feelings. I laughed and cried throughout this book. It was so riveting. The only thing I hated was the ending as usually, when someone learns the lesson, they get a second chance. Not so much with this book but maybe not so because Lauren wanted us to actually know that there are no second chances even when you try to fix your mistakes. Since I have read it, I have somewhat put the book on the hate part of my bookshelf as I have hated the ending(other books are Breaking Dawn(the oh, so acclaimed Stephenie Meyer), Separate Peace(John Knowles). Oh, well it was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I was captivated from page one! It is a page turner. I finished it in one day, and have read several times since then!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
way too much slutty content. The premise was good, but the characters were so incredibly shallow it made it unreadable.
teenreaderYK More than 1 year ago
In ninth grade I found myself reading more and more and this book was one of my favorites. its about a girl who some would say is ''spoiled'' who dies in a car accident one day and is forced to re-live the day she died seven times in a row.I think i liked this book alot maybey because it wasnt all about one thing in the main characters life.It incorporated many things like samantha-the main charcters readyness to have sex with her boy friend.her relationship with a teacher of hers shes had a crush on. her relationship between her parents and her little sister ''izzie '' who she doesnt spend enough time with, the way samantha and her rich group of friends treat each other .how sam and her friends as well as other people in the school have always bullied this quiet though beautiful girl juliet and my favorite; sams childhood friend kent mcfuller who isnt so popular at school who she still has feelings for, along with smaller things like anorexia,trust, cheating,sex, drugs, and alcohol. This story will make you re think the choices you make and rethink the affects of everything you do.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
Sam Kingston is a mean-girl with everything she needs: popularity, the hunky boyfriend, and popular mean-girl friends. When she dies in a car accident, she is given the chance to live her final day 6 more times. She learns that nobody is exactly what they seem and that everyone is redeemable. I was eager to read this book because I thought it would be an interesting twist on the Groundhog Day theme. However, I didn’t realize that it would be a regurgitation of 80’s and 90’s movies to the point where there were very few truly original scenes. It’s basically Groundhog Day in a mish-mash of high school flicks with other movies worked in. I was actually to the point of looking for the “token black kid” it was so regurgitated (no appearance). So, I was a little disappointed in the author’s skill. On the other hand, many teens (for whom this book is intended) will not have grown up on 80’s and 90’s movies and might find the book quite interesting and original, though very sad. The theme of redemption and everyone’s-the-same-on-the-inside was applaudable. The writing was smooth and engaging, though the beginning was a little irritating because you had to choke through her mean-girl attitude. It’s good for a light read, but it’s not literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was truely amazing, i've read many books that have stayed with me but none like this. this book changes how you view your life, it helps you put your values in place without you even realizing it! there are times through out the book were i saw the chacaters as real people and i was more than willing to go on their emotional journey right along with them. i stayed up til two in the morning trying to finish this book! a definite good read
Wendy33 More than 1 year ago
Before I Fall is one of those books that long after you finish reading it, it'll still be stuck in your mind. It's one of those books that will you cry and laugh and more importantly, think about the choices that you've made in your life so far. Samantha Kingston is one of the most popular girls in her school, she's got her friends, a great boyfriend, and at first what seems to be a perfect care-free life. That is, until after a crazy night, she wakes to repeat the same day - February 12th. Turns out, that's the day she dies. Now Sam has a chance - well, seven chances - to relive that day, and make difference decisions. But is it too late to change the outcome? Very rarely, I read books that literally affect me, and Before I Fall is one of those books. It's hard to describe how while I was reading about what Sam was going through, how it seems she was going through the five stages of dying, I was thinking of the decisions I've made in my life so far and were I to die right now, would I regret not telling someone I love them? Would I think that I could have made better decisions? This story is a roller-coaster of emotions and I felt pleasantly exhausted when I finished the book. Before I Fall is an incredible story about loss and love and living with the choices you've made. It's not a book just for young adults, it's for moms and college student and fathers and every single person who at one point has felt their mortality ticking by and has wondered: What happens next?
jabrkeKB More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful and has a great message. People matter, everyone has worth, stop judging and critizing, put yourself in someone else's shoes. The world would be a better place if we could all remember those things.
allyj128 More than 1 year ago
I very rarely re-read books; that honor is generally saved for classics and childhood favorites. Before I Fall, however, is an exception to my rule, and each reading has provided new and different insight into the plot and the characters. Oliver has written an amazing debut novel, one that is sure to hold a place of honor on my bookshelf for years to come. I devoured Before I Fall in one sitting, reveling in the way that each chapter reveals more and more about the protagonist, her friends, and her life. Initially unlikable, Samantha Kingston grows on the reader through her journey of both self-discovery and of the discovery of the events of the day of her death. A must-read!
pauliharman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intriguing young adult novel, reminiscent of Groundhog Day and Ken Grimwood's "Replay". Well written and characterised, it follows an American schoolgirl as she repeats the same day of her life - the day she dies - trying to find the way to end the cycle. Unfortunately, the written resolution doesn't make much logical sense - it could have gone on for several more cycles. Things seemed better resolved in earlier cycles.
ahappybooker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great audio to listen to. The narrator, Sarah Drew was wonderfully expressive and really evoked the emotional turmoil that the MC, Sam was feeling throughout. It didn¿t seem like 12 hours, I was so engaged in the story that I didn¿t want it to end. Sarah Drew did an amazing job with the narration of this, really making me feel as if I were hearing Sam tell the story. Before I Fall is a story about love, loss, hope, friendship, and forgiveness. Sam, killed in a car crash after a party one night, finds that she is living that same day over and over again. What I interpreted that she was doing was going through the 5 stages of grief with each day. At first, she couldn¿t believe it and pretended it wasn¿t true, that she must have been dreaming. But as she comes to realize that it wasn¿t a dream, she is then forced to really take a look at her life and who she is. I didn¿t like Sam at the beginning but I don¿t think I was meant to. I was fascinated by her and her friends though, the same way I¿m fascinated with the characters on Gossip Girl. She and her group of friends are shallow, immature little twits at first glance but as the story progresses, I was able to see them a little differently. It was a really interesting and realistic look inside a clique of ¿mean girls¿ and some of the reasons why they act the way they do, without in any was excusing it or justifying it. I loved watching the way Sam grew throughout the story, really coming to realize the truths about herself, her friends, and her life. She also took a long hard look at the boy she thought she loved, and ended up finding the boy who had been there all along but she hadn¿t bothered to notice. It was a beautifully written touching story about what things are really important and what we want to be remembered for. The only things I have to say about Before I Fall is that I would have liked to have seen a little more focus on Sam¿s relationship with her family, it was odd how little they seemed to matter in the story, other than a few minutes with her sister. Also, some of the almost poetic phrasing didn¿t really fit my idea of how a teenager like Sam would think. Other than that, this was a wonderful story that I would highly recommend to anyone who, like me, prefers a flawed main character and has a box of tissue close by.