Before I Fall

by

Lauren Oliver

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Elody is one of Sam Kingston’s closest friends. Flamboyant, confident, and somewhat promiscuous, Elody is the “nicest” member of their clique, according to Sam, though her playful and unabashed preoccupation with sex sometimes veers toward obsession, and her party-animal personality seems to point to a deeper problem with—and possibly an addiction to—alcohol. Nevertheless, Sam speaks of Elody fondly, and on the fifth night of the time loop, when Sam avoids driving home from the party with her friends and as a result Elody, sitting in the passenger seat of Lindsay’s car, is killed instead of Sam, Sam becomes wracked with horrible grief despite her knowledge that the loop will reset itself in the morning. Elody is a loyal friend, and her sunny, outgoing disposition stands in stark contrast to her friends’ more prevalent cruelty and cliquey-ness.

Elody Quotes in Before I Fall

The Before I Fall quotes below are all either spoken by Elody or refer to Elody. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of Before I Fall published in 2010.
Chapter 2  Quotes

Lindsay, Ally, Elody and I are as close as you can be, but there are still some things we never talk about. For example, even though Lindsay says Patrick is her first and only, this isn’t technically true. Technically, her first was a guy she met at a party when she was visiting her stepbrother at NYU. They smoked pot, split a six-pack, and had sex, and he never knew she hadn’t done it before. We don’t talk about that. We don’t talk about the fact that we can never hang out at Elody’s house after five o’clock because her mother will be home, and drunk. We don’t talk about the fact that Ally never eats more than a quarter of what’s on her plate, even though she’s obsessed with cooking and watches the Food Network for hours on end. We don’t talk about the joke that for years trailed me down hallways, into classrooms, and on the bus, that wove its way into my dreams: “What’s red and white and weird all over? Sam Kingston!” And we definitely don’t talk about the fact that Lindsay was the one who made it up. A good friend keeps secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets.

Related Characters: Samantha Kingston (speaker), Lindsay Edgecombe, Elody, Ally Harris, Patrick
Page Number: 106-107
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Elody Character Timeline in Before I Fall

The timeline below shows where the character Elody appears in Before I Fall. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue
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...Rob Cokran, as well as her drunken antics and daily pranks with her friends Lindsay, Elody, and Ally. Before she died, however, Sam thought only of one thing, of one person:... (full context)
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...home from the party they’d been at. Sam was sharing her “greatest hits” theory while Elody and Ally fought about the music playing in the car. Suddenly, there was a flash... (full context)
Chapter 1 
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...car actually belongs to her. Sam sometimes borrows her mother’s reasonable, mid-size sedan, and poor Elody is stuck driving her father’s ancient jalopy. Sam hops into the passenger seat—Lindsay is smoking... (full context)
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...a major reason behind her desire to lose her virginity is so that Lindsay and Elody will stop teasing her. Sam is grateful that their friend Ally is still a virgin,... (full context)
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Lindsay and Sam arrive at Elody’s house to pick her up. Despite the cold, Elody is wearing three-inch heels and a... (full context)
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As the girls gather their things and prepare to head into school, Elody passes Sam a condom, and wishes her luck on her “big night.” As Sam accepts... (full context)
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...girls dressed in playful costumes—come to class to pass out roses. Sam receives three—one from Elody, one from a girl named Tara Flute who is on the fringes of Sam’s friend... (full context)
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...walks away, and Sam thinks to herself how much she hates the way Rob kisses. Elody has assured her, though, that all her reservations about Rob stem from the fact that... (full context)
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Elody arrives at the table and sets her bouquet down—she has twelve roses. As the girls... (full context)
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...where there’s a gas station, a TCBY, and a questionable Chinese restaurant which once gave Elody food poisoning. As Sam and Lindsay pass the restaurant they spot two of their classmates... (full context)
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...brought the tampons with her. After that day, Lindsay and Sam were best friends—Ally and Elody joined their group over the next couple years, and soon the four were inseparable.  (full context)
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...drive to Kent’s house, Sam has a strange feeling—as if she is “floating above everything.” Elody howls along to the radio, already wasted, while Lindsay, who Sam claims is hardly ever... (full context)
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...to “get a room.” Rob goes off to refill his beer. Ally tells Sam that Elody is hooking up with her newest fling, Muffin, while Lindsay and Patrick are fighting. Sam... (full context)
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...Ally and Sam get to Lindsay and Patrick, the two of them have made up. Elody is hanging on “Muffin,” seemingly oblivious to the fact that he is hardly even paying... (full context)
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...the fact that she has shown up, at last, to a high-school party. As Ally, Elody, and Lindsay notice that Juliet is there, Sam observes that Lindsay “goes pale” and actually... (full context)
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...looks her in the eye, and calls her a bitch. Juliet then turns on Ally, Elody, and even Sam, calling them all bitches. Lindsay leans in toward Juliet and tells her... (full context)
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The party begins to wind down after about half an hour. Sam leaves with Elody, Ally, and Lindsay; on the way out, they see couples drunkenly making out in corners... (full context)
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On the drive to school, after the girls pick up Elody, Lindsay swerves and jerks her Range Rover. Sam begs Lindsay to drive carefully, and Lindsay,... (full context)
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Elody picks up on Sam’s nervous energy, but, assuming it is because she’s nervous about losing... (full context)
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...snagged the last one. Lindsay begrudgingly drives to the upper lot, and as she does, Elody remarks that she’s having déjà vu. Sam says that she is, too, but the conversation... (full context)
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Elody digs through her purse and passes Sam a condom. Before Elody can say it, Sam... (full context)
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...feeling sick and feverish—Lindsay is giving Sam slightly foreboding and unhelpful advice about sex while Elody and Ally sing along to the radio in the next room. Lindsay asks Sam if... (full context)
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...virginity, though, is never talked about among their friend group—just like the girls don’t discuss Elody’s alcoholic mother, Ally’s eating disorder, or the fact that Lindsay was the one who made... (full context)
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...Sam is disappointed and suddenly feels very alone—she wonders whether she has really gone insane. Elody and Ally burst back into the bedroom and ask whether it’s time to go to... (full context)
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Once again, Juliet approaches Lindsay and calls her a bitch. One by one, she calls Elody, Ally, and Sam bitches, too. The events of the previous night repeat themselves—everyone at the... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...to her locker to grab her Spanish textbook, and is walking down the hall texting Elody, Ally, and Lindsay when she runs into Lauren Lornet and drops her phone on the... (full context)
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Lindsay, Elody, Ally, and Sam are all enjoying tuna rolls and movies on Ally’s giant couch. Sam... (full context)
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Elody wonders out loud if Juliet Sykes killed herself because of their rose and the cruel... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Elody gets into the car and greets Sam and Lindsay sunnily, but Sam does not return... (full context)
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Sam turns around and accepts the condom from Elody. As she faces front again, Lindsay slams on the brakes, not having stopped soon enough... (full context)
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Elody quietly asks Sam to stop. Sam turns on Elody, then, asking her why she never... (full context)
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...she returned from the trip, she was acting cruel and on edge, making fun of Elody, Ally, and Sam constantly. Sam knew something bad must have happened in New York, but... (full context)
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...after she had sex with him for the first time, she recounted it to Sam, Elody, and Ally as if it had been her first time ever. The girls pretended along... (full context)
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Back at the party, Sam has lost track of Lindsay, Elody, and Ally. She’s been drinking for an hour since she first saw them, and at... (full context)
Chapter 5
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When Sam gets home, she has three new texts: Lindsay, Elody, and Ally have all texted her the same happy Cupid Day wish. Sam doesn’t reply.... (full context)
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...is here—Lindsay reveals that Juliet has already come and gone, after calling Lindsay, Ally, and Elody bitches in front of everyone. (full context)
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Lindsay calls to Elody and Ally, telling them that Sam is here, but is busy looking for her “best... (full context)
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...if she’s okay. Sam is in shock, and can only say that Lindsay, Ally, and Elody were in the car that hit Juliet. Kent pulls his phone out and calls the... (full context)
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...crying. Kent is supporting Ally as they walk up to the highway. Lindsay screams that Elody is still in the car and begs someone to help her. An ambulance approaches, as... (full context)
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...was taken to the hospital just to get checked out—Juliet, though, is dead, as is Elody, who was sitting in the seat Sam had occupied that very first night. Sam breaks... (full context)
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...words and demeanor. Though Sam knows that everything will reset tomorrow and both Juliet and Elody will be fine, she is still shaken up, and tries to calm herself down in... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...is, “mean and funny and ferocious and loyal.” When the two of them pick up Elody and Sam sees her coming down the driveway, “radiant and alive,” Sam is again overcome... (full context)
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...to do anything wrong today—she wants to do good where she can. While Lindsay and Elody head to class, Sam goes off to the room where the roses are stored, planning... (full context)
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...be here, just like everyone else. Juliet confesses that she came to tell Sam, Lindsay, Elody, and Ally something. Sam and Juliet say that they’re all “bitches” at the exact same... (full context)
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An hour and a half later, Sam and Lindsay, having already dropped off Elody and Ally, are sitting in Lindsay’s driveway. Sam remembers being questioned by the police, who... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...in the Range Rover. On the drive to school, as Lindsay complains to Sam and Elody about Patrick, Sam thinks of how much she loves her best friend “despite everything.” Sam... (full context)
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At school, Sam splits up with Lindsay and Elody and heads to the room where all the roses are being held. Afterwards, rather than... (full context)
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...cook, and sticks her tongue out when she yawns just like a cat. She loves Elody’s beautiful singing voice and the way she snorts when she laughs. She loves that Lindsay... (full context)
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Inside, Lindsay, Elody, and Ally all welcome Sam warmly. They offer her a drink, but Sam tells them... (full context)
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...truck roars by, the woods quiet, and Sam hears Lindsay calling her name—along with Kent, Elody, and Ally. Juliet, frightened, asks why Sam couldn’t just leave her alone. Sam tells Juliet... (full context)
Epilogue
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...remembered for. She recalls spending time with Izzy on Cape Cod; cooking with Ally and Elody; embracing Lindsay; enjoying Christmas with her family; and lastly, she remembers kissing Kent. That, Sam... (full context)