As compelling as The Lovely Bones and as memorable as Jenny Downham's Before I Die, this will become a word-of-mouth phenomenon.
Sam Kingston is dead.
Except she isn't.
On a rainy February night, Sam is killed in a horrific car crash. But instead of seeing a tunnel of light, she wakes up in her own bed, on the morning of the same day.
Forced to live through the same events the drive to school, skipping class, the fateful party she struggles to alter the outcome, but wakes up again on the day of the crash. What follows is the story of a girl who comes of age in a matter of days. Who discovers, through heartbreaking insights, the consequences of her every action. Of a girl who dies young, but in the process learns how to live. And who falls in love . . . a little too late.
About The Author
Lauren Oliver was previously an editorial assistant at a publishing house in New York. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, she is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York. BEFORE I FALL is her first novel.
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i really enjoyed this book!
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A lovely book. Gets you thinking about all sorts of options that could occur and keeps you wanting to see what does in fact happen.
Lauren Oliver’s incredible debut novel may be aimed at the YA market, but this is definitely a story that resonates widely. Before I Fall is completely enthralling and an honest and moving read. Oliver draws the reader in and places them in the life of 17 year old Samantha Kingston, a teenager who, one rainy night, dies tragically in a car crash on the way home from a party. The unique twist is that Samantha’s story doesn’t end with her death, rather, this is how her story begins. The author is only 25 years old, which could explain why she has such incredible insight into the life of teenagers. Lauren Oliver is definitely a star of the future.
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'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]'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]'It's a powerful story with a great message.' [Girlfriend]'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]'Forget reality and enjoy this achingly heartbreaking debut...an excellent read.' [NW]
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st January 2011
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.256