Before I Fall

Before I Fall : From the bestselling author of Panic, soon to be a major Amazon Prime series

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A bestselling summer read as heartbreaking as The Lovely Bones and as gripping as Jenny Downham's Before I Die.

**Now a major Netflix movie starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley*

'Gossip Girl meets Groundhog Day' Grazia

'Tender, funny and raw' Marie Claire

'A clever, funny, insightful and utterly addictive novel' Daily Mail

'Compelling and poignant, a truly memorable read' Closer

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...?

'This book will take your breath away' She

'A beautifully written and outrageously weepy tale' Daily Mirror
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 137 x 197 x 24mm | 249g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340980907
  • 9780340980903
  • 3,143

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What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? 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.
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Hugely moving and gorgeously written . . . an extremely clever and well-written novel that is ultimately uplifting. Heat
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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 * * Gossip Girl meets Groundhog Day * Grazia * Poignant . . . This tale of second chances will have you clinging on to your Kleenex * Now * 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 * BEFORE I FALL is amazing, fantastic, a groundbreaking debut. * * '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.' * * 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. * * Brilliantly written, gritty, deep and compassionate. I couldn't give it a higher recommendation! * Guardian *
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About Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver is the author of YA novels Ringer, Replica, Before I Fall, Panic, Vanishing Girls and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestsellers. She is also the author of two standalone novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; the Curiosity House series; and a novel for adults, Rooms. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the co-founder of the boutique literary development company Glasstown Entertainment. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Find more information at, or connect with Lauren on Twitter (/OliverBooks) and on Facebook (/laurenoliverbooks).
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Rating details

322,012 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 34% (108,980)
4 34% (109,376)
3 22% (72,446)
2 7% (21,895)
1 3% (9,315)

Our customer reviews

I bought this book not knowing what it was about, and on the first few chapters, I was almost sure that I'm going to totally dislike it, but halfway in my feelings on it started changing. I hated the main character at the beginning, but she became bearable as the story progressed. Some side characters were interesting as well, and the bit of romance present was very bittersweet. But what I love the most in this book is the final day, it was just written so beautifully that whenever I catch a glimpse of this book on my shelf, I pick it up just to reread the last more
by eyari
When I picked this book up and began to read I knew it would be one of those books I would not be able to put down until I had finished every last page, and after I had finished and wiped my tears I stood there just clutching the book. For the first published book of Lauren Oliver, it struck home. Samantha Kingston is your typical popular high school student. Only, she died and is now re-living the day she died over and over again, struggling to get it right. Sam has the perfect balance of bitchy and humanizing moments to make her seem like a real person, and cause the reader to reconsider stereotypes and appearances. While it may seem like a teenage version of Groundhog Day, it is not something to be looked over. The novel is so touching, funny and memorable, I found myself crying for the characters and hoping that they'll be all right. Most of all, this book made me want to really experience life in the way that Sam learns to. The ending takes your breath away, and leaves you feeling oddly content but hollow. It's a book that makes me want to more
by Amy O'Brien
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