Before I Fall | Study Guide

Lauren Oliver

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Lauren Oliver

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Drama, Fantasy

Perspective and Narrator

The story Before I Fall is told from the first-person point of view by 17-year-old car-crash victim Samantha "Sam" Kingston.


The story Before I Fall is told in the present tense. Memories are recounted in the past tense.

About the Title

After she dies in Before I Fall, 17-year-old car-crash victim Samantha "Sam" Kingston is forced to relive the day of her death in a kind of purgatory until she gets it right. Each night when she is killed or falls asleep, and before the day begins again, Sam feels as though she is falling. This falling underscores her need for redemption. As her journey toward redemption nears its end, Sam realizes she is not falling, but floating and eventually flying. She is no longer a passive participant in a never-ending time loop, but a person with agency who makes her own morally upright decisions.


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