Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall was my first Lauren Oliver read and I remember

LOVING it.  I thought it was brilliant, and now that Camryn has

read it too, I am considering a re-read….


Before I Fall

Before I Fall is a book written by Lauren Oliver. The main character, Sam, is a senior in high school. In the beginning of the book, you witness Sam’s death-by-car-crash. Sam lives the day of her death over and over again, each time realizing the mistakes she’s made with her life. Sam’s best friends, Lindsay, Elody, and Ally. They are the most popular girls at school, and bullies at that. Sam realizes that how she treats people isn’t a good thing. Sam and her friends main target, Juliet Sykes, or “Psycho” is constantly picked on at school. When Juliet commits suicide the same day Sam dies, Sam thinks that she has to stop Juliet from killing herself in order to stop her reoccurring death day. Problems such as Sam’s boyfriend, Rob, who is getting impatient with Sam and turning into a jerk right before her eyes, old conflicts with her best friends, particularly Lindsay, and feelings for her childhood best friend, Kent. Can Sam save herself, and Juliet? Or is the process more complex than she thinks?


Before I Fall is now one of my (many) favorite books. It is written extremely well, and the story is great. I almost kept my eyes dry on this one, but not quite. I would recommend this book to everyone. It’s really great. Seriously. Read it! You won’t be sorry…….

Camryn is 12 years old, soon to be thirteen and enjoys reading YA books of the fantasy and romance genre. A few of her favorite books are “Hourglass” by Myra McEntire, “The Other Countess” by Eve Edwards, “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick, “The Immortals” series, the “Marked” series and the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series.  When she’s not reading she enjoys watching Gilmore Girls or going to book sales for more books to add to her ever-growing collection.

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18 thoughts on “Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

  1. I just bought this book a few weeks ago because I’ve been wanting to read it. Can’t wait to get to it!

  2. BEFORE I FALL is an amazing book. Sam is so unlikable at the beginning but seriously grows on a reader. It is a testament to Lauren Oliver’s writing ability that she can make readers feel the full gamut of emotion like that.

  3. Camryn –

    I have been wanting to read this book for so long!! I just read (or actually, listened to) my first Lauren Oliver book – the middle-grade novel, Leisl and Po – but Before I Fall sounds like something I would REALLY like.

    Thanks for the great review – now I want to read it more than ever!


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