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  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton

Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver

21 Reviews

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Fiction, Romance, General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

The movie tie-in edition of a book as compelling as THE LOVELY BONES and as memorable as Jenny Downham's BEFORE I DIE.

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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Praise for Before I Fall

  • This beautiful story had me gripped right from the first page full of both tragic and touching 'what-if's', it takes you right back to the intense and often cruel teen-age experiences at high school. Heartbreaking in its honesty, it's a novel that really makes you think and it stayed with me long after I finished reading it' - Rebecca Cooney, International Sales & Marketing Manager

  • Poignant . . . This tale of second chances will have you clinging on to your Kleene

  • Moving and thought-provoking - Woman

  • A pitch-perfect Groundhog Day/Lovely Bones hybrid - guardian.co.uk

  • This book will take your breath away - She

  • 'A truly absorbing read. The writing is alive and powerful, and carried me along non-stop.' - Swati Gamble, Hodder Editorial

  • Tender, funny and raw - Marie Claire

  • 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

  • I could feel the shivers down my spine from the first chapter, and I couldn t put it down. A really powerful read - Auriol Bishop, Creative Director

  • Drawing comparisons with the bestselling The Lovely Bones, this is the story of 18-year-old Sam Kingston, who is killed in a car crash one rainy night... Oliver packs a powerful message in her teenage voice.' - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Hugely moving and gorgeously written . . . an extremely clever and well-written novel that is ultimately uplifting. - Heat

  • an incredible debut...This exquisitely written novel renders perfectly the world of today's teenager... this inspiring tale refrains from simple moralising, instead surprising us with a superbly complex and humane ending. - Hobart Mercury

  • I loved this engaging, compelling, heartbreaking novel, and can't see how any reader could fail to be won over by Sam as she relives her last day again and again and again. I didn't want Before I Fall to end. - Carolyn Mays, Director of Fiction

  • the tone is balanced by the suspense and knowing asides about how schoolgirls really think and operate -the author herself is only 25. In learning the consequences of every action, the dawning of compassion and capacity to love, Oliver gets to the heart of the matter-what it means to live a good life that transcends the typical high-school thriller. - Sunday Times Perth

  • A thought-provoking and compelling story that is brave and insightful for a new author - Sun

  • 'Before I Fall is smart, complex, and heartbreakingly beautiful. Lauren Oliver has written an extraordinary debut novel about what it means to live - and die.' - Carolyn Mackler, author of Tangled

  • A beautifully written and outrageously weepy tale. - Daily Mirror

  • It s a powerful story with a great message. - Girlfriend

  • Forget reality and enjoy this achingly heartbreaking debut...an excellent read. - NW

  • In her debut novel, Lauren Oliver channels all the awkwardness and wonder of teenage consciousness within a poignant framework...as someone said of Nick Hornby, it takes a mature writer to describe immaturity, Lauren Oliver proves this to be true in her thought provoking memorable debut. - Herald Sun

  • 'Although I'm not the target reader I found myself engrossed and moved by this marvellous book' - Jamie Hodder-Williams

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Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her achingly beautiful first novel, BEFORE I FALL. She followed that up with her bestselling young adult Delirium Trilogy and three adult novels. Her newest book, REPLICA, is out in late 2016.