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Before I Fall: Introduction
Before I Fall: Plot Summary
Before I Fall: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Before I Fall: Themes
Before I Fall: Quotes
Before I Fall: Characters
Before I Fall: Symbols
Before I Fall: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Lauren Oliver
Historical Context of Before I Fall
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- Full Title: Before I Fall
- When Written: Late 2000s
- Where Written: New York, NY
- When Published: March 2nd, 2010
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Young adult fiction; mystery; speculative fiction
- Setting: Ridgeview, Connecticut
- Climax: Samantha Kingston, having relived the last day of her life for six “days” in a row, trying to save herself with each reset, realizes that in order to close the time loop she has fallen into she must sacrifice herself and die in the place of her often-bullied classmate Juliet Sykes.
- Antagonist: Lindsay Edgecombe
- Point of View: First-person
Extra Credit for Before I Fall
Big Screen. In 2017, Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture, directed by indie darling Ry Russo-Young and starring teen favorites Zoey Deutch as Sam and Halston Sage as Lindsay. Though the film received mixed reviews, it was one of the highest-grossing independent films of the year, and was nominated for several Teen Choice Awards, demonstrating its success with its target audience.