Before I Fall : The official film tie-in that will take your breath away, Paperback Book

Before I Fall : The official film tie-in that will take your breath away Paperback

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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' CloserThey 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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780340980903

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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.

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"Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.But for some of us there's only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”“The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don't know.”When I started to read this book I was not quite sure whether I liked it or not, sometimes I just got so frustrated with this book that I wanted to walk away from it. However, despite these mixed feelings the book started to grow on me with each new chapter. This book is about a lot of things. Well, the whole book is like groundhog day - Sam dies during a car crash, and re-lives the same day again and again. We are shown that she belongs to a very cruel group of High School girls who are absolutely and sometimes disgustingly mean. For me this was a very schocking experience, although I am very much aware that school life in higher education schools can be like that. However, to wake up every single day on the same day, Sam eventual reflects on her life, her behaviour and examines her group of friends much more closely. She experiments with different things and observes the results. On one side I found the book very frustrating and annoying and at other times I needed to ensure that I had a tissue handy.Maybe, not my most favourite read, but definately a good one.

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I actually went into this book not realising it was a YA book and although I have no aversion to the genre it just didn't feel like a YA book despite the youth of the characters.<br/><br/>I actually really enjoyed this - it was an original concept, almost Groundhog day but with slightly higher stakes. Sam, your stereotypical popular High School student who trashes the less popular students just because she can. It all comes to a head when she goes to the party at an old friend's house and while there helps her friends torment and humiliate a classmate. On the way home from the party, the car crashes and she dies. Instead of it being all over she wakes up on the same day and relives it all over again.<br/><br/>The book shows as Sam, over the course of a week, relives the day and veers from a 'screw it' attitude, to trying to avoid it, to finally accepting what went wrong. We see her learn things about the other characters - the friends she has and why they act the way they did, the girl they tormented until she felt she had no choice but to kill herself, the boy she ignored for years but who never gave up hoping for her to change and we see her finally come to terms with her fate.<br/><br/>This story doesn't have a happy ending, the main character isn't particularly likeable and there are certain points that you almost want to strangle her for some of the things she does, but despite it all I really enjoyed it. The idea about what you would do if you only had one day to live and you had a chance to make it right really appeals to me. Definitely worth a read.

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