Before Now

Before Now

A harrowing and heartbreaking teen romance expertly told with a reverse timeline, Before Now is another emotionally charged novel from suspense author Norah Olson about a young couple who runs headlong into tragedy while trying to escape their complicated pasts. The odds were against them, but somehow aspiring astronomer Atty and her troubled boyfriend, Cole, managed to esc A harrowing and heartbreaking teen romance expertly told with a reverse timeline, Before Now is another emotionally c...

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Title:Before Now
Author:Norah Olson
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Genres:Contemporary
ISBN:0062347071
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Before Now Reviews

  • Kimberly
    Dec 25, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

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    The book was ok. I didn't really enjoy it. ...

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  • Nickie
    Mar 19, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

  • Jamie
    May 24, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    ...

    The book was ok. I didn't really enjoy it. ...

    ...

    ...

    ***I read an ARC of this received at work*** Actual rating: 2.5? I guess? Before Now is a story told in reverse, because the beginning of the story (the further along you are in the book) makes things more interesting than the end of the story (the beginning of the book). This makes t...

    ...

  • Kathryn
    Jan 05, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    ...

    The book was ok. I didn't really enjoy it. ...

    ...

    ...

    ***I read an ARC of this received at work*** Actual rating: 2.5? I guess? Before Now is a story told in reverse, because the beginning of the story (the further along you are in the book) makes things more interesting than the end of the story (the beginning of the book). This makes t...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Zoë Danielle
    Oct 07, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

  • Jennifer
    May 05, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

  • Rebecca Marchand
    Nov 16, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

  • Jhon Cedie
    Dec 08, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Sarah
    Oct 21, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

  • Bella
    Jan 09, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

  • Andrew
    Apr 15, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    ...

    The book was ok. I didn't really enjoy it. ...

    ...

    ...

    ***I read an ARC of this received at work*** Actual rating: 2.5? I guess? Before Now is a story told in reverse, because the beginning of the story (the further along you are in the book) makes things more interesting than the end of the story (the beginning of the book). This makes t...

  • Adelia
    Dec 26, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

  • Katie
    Jan 09, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    ...

  • Hollis
    Dec 04, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

  • rachel • typed truths
    Oct 28, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

  • Samantha
    Dec 12, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Shannon Petty
    Mar 07, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    ...

    The book was ok. I didn't really enjoy it. ...

    ...

    ...

    ***I read an ARC of this received at work*** Actual rating: 2.5? I guess? Before Now is a story told in reverse, because the beginning of the story (the further along you are in the book) makes things more interesting than the end of the story (the beginning of the book). This makes t...

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  • Alyssa Gil
    Mar 05, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 08, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • alice (arctic books)
    Aug 02, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

  • ellie jayne
    Feb 18, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

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    The book was ok. I didn't really enjoy it. ...

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  • Vanessa
    Feb 14, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    May 17, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

  • Joséphine Edge
    May 02, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

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    ...

  • Annie (Diverse Reads)
    Nov 06, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

  • Emma
    Mar 10, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    ...

    The book was ok. I didn't really enjoy it. ...

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    ...

    ***I read an ARC of this received at work*** Actual rating: 2.5? I guess? Before Now is a story told in reverse, because the beginning of the story (the further along you are in the book) makes things more interesting than the end of the story (the beginning of the book). This makes t...

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  • Rhi Campbell
    Dec 17, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

  • Angela
    Jan 16, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

  • Abbey M
    May 22, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    ...

    The book was ok. I didn't really enjoy it. ...

  • old account (rl)
    Jul 26, 2018

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story, told in a reverse timeline from the end to the beginning. Atty was quite a passionate character, and she felt things really deeply. I did feel sorry for her b...

    I was kindly sent a physical arc for review by the publishers! Lots of T/W: Abuse, Racism, Drugs, Suicide etc... Before Now was such a quick story, told in reverse with the ending starting things off and finishing with the earliest memory of the two main characters. Although I li...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...

    BEFORE NOW is a story with an interesting concept. Instead of a fluctuating timeline that jumps around from past to present and so on, the story begins with the end and then rewinds slowly day by day. The problem that came from that choice is that the beginning (the end) is.. drama. An...

    Before Now is a standalone Young Adult novel. The narrator is 17 year old Atabei/ Atty (girl). The story is told in 1st person POV. Atty lives in Minneapolis. Her dad is Haitian. Her boyfriend is Cole, who is white. The book features a reverse timeline. The book starts by disc...

    You can find this review and others at arctic books I'm very impressed by this novel. My emotions started from disbelief and shock to some of understanding and deep sadness over the course of these few months during which this novel spans. I was highly doubtful as to how this backwa...

    I received an ARC from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: 2.5/5. This story is told in reverse, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it probably kept me reading purely because I was vaguely curious to get to the events the MC referenced...

    ? MC (Atty) is biracial, Haitian-American. ? MC's father is Haitian. ? Cole's mother is queer and has a susbtance addiction. ? His mother's ex-girlfriend (Rita) is a lesbian. tw: suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, neglect, mild racism. ...

    I don't even know where to start with this mess... I thought I'd give this book a try because it was short and I was super into the idea of a reverse timeline. This book did not feel short. And the reverse timeline while interesting really killed this book for me. We're now goin...

    I was pretty apprehensive going into this book because of its very low average rating. I didn't read any reviews, but honestly, anything below about a 3.5-star average rating makes me a little nervous. However, I often have unpopular opinions about books, so I tried to forget about the...

    Reading a book where the plot is reversed and knowing the ending first is a new concept to me. Will I, or would I, read another like it? Very possibly. *Trigger warning for Suicide and Indicated Rape in this book* Knowing the ending and then reading the book in reverse was har...

    One of the more unusual books I've read this year is definitely Before Now by Norah Olson, which is a Memento-style young adult novel about a Romeo and Juliet romance told in reverse. The issue is that stakes don't seem really high and instead of the main characters, Atty and Cole, jus...

    Before Now by Norah Olson starts out with a double suicide attempt where only the boy dies and then goes backwards from there so we see why Atty and Cole make the choices they did. I liked the characters, but the time shifts were hard to follow and jarring. I kept having to ask myself?...

    It was good, but the reverse chronological order thing was sort of confusing... ...

    Interesting take on Romeo & Juliet While the story is a well known plot, the author's approach on working backwards from the end was a quick, easy read set in modern times. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Trigger warnings for suicide, sexual assault (including implied child molestation), substance abuse, parental neglect, and racism. ? I loved the reverse plotline. It was confusing in the beginning but definitely grew on me. A unique way to tell the story. ? Decent characters. ...